Blairscove Restaurant is open for evening meals from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday from mid-March to early November. You can reserve a table for up to 6 guests.

The restaurant is located in the barn which completed the quadrangle of farm buildings serving the former manor house.

It is high like a church and the tall windows overlooking Dunmanus Bay were recesses through which the hay was pushed down to the animals from the loft above. Some say that about 250 years ago the building was part of fortifications complete with two watchtowers.


In October 1981, after extensive restoration works, the restaurant opened its doors. Right from the start we became known for the best of Irish meat grilled on a roaring fire in the dining room, an impressive display of ‘help yourself’ starters as well as a mouth-watering selection of desserts. This has not changed in all the years except that the freshest of seafood has been added to the selection. We use local produce as much as possible and all of our dishes are prepared in-house.


We serve a wonderful cold buffet as our starter option, with a choice of seasonal dishes, a selection of seafood including a giant clam shell filled with oysters and prawns or shrimp, homemade terrines and pates, cured meats, and many different vegetarian and vegan salads.

The restaurant opened in October 1981 and on the day of the first Sunday lunch we were scratching our heads, trying to think of what to serve our guests. We thought ‘we have some of X’ and ‘we could make some Y to go with it…’, maybe we can do a buffet — and so the Blairscove buffet was born!


And we haven’t looked back since. We collect ideas recipes as we go; from travelling abroad to dinner parties with friends; dining in other restaurants to reading cook books and magazines. Recipes are then tried, tested and tweaked at home before making it to the restaurant.

MAIN COURSES (Sample Menu)

8oz fillet of Irish Hereford Prime Beef

tomato, shallot, aubergine & Ardsallagh goat’s cheese gratin green peppercorn sauce

20oz 21 Day Dry-aged Rib of Irish Hereford Prime Beef

(for 2 people), grilled on the wood fire, fried green asparagus sauce béarnaise & bone marrow butter

Grilled Rack of Irish Lamb

with pumpkin seed crumb braised baby gem pea & garden mint purée natural jus

Smoked & grilled free range Chicken supreme

roasted corn chow chow chili butter

Panfried Spring Lamb kidneys

wilted chard wholegrain mustard sauce

Baked & torched fillet of Atlantic cod

cauliflower purée & romanesco langoustine sauce

Panfried fillets of Seabream

wilted greens & vine ripened cherry tomato rocket pesto & sauce vierge

Sous vide cooked Portobello mushroom

mushroom & cauliflower risotto Ⓥ

Crispy polenta cake

caponata stuffed courgette cream of courgette sauceⓋ



We LOVE desserts! And we always find it difficult to choose just one dessert and sometimes end up ordering 3 desserts between two. Here you can have your cake and eat it too, and there’s something for everyone. Our desserts are always homemade and range from a classic Île Flottante, individual verrines such as a kaffir lime leaf posset or chocolate and caramel mousse, to tarts and cakes.


If desserts aren’t for you, we also have a cheese board with a selection of Munster farmhouse cheeses and homemade chutneys & crackers.