Donegal’s Lough Eske Castle launches tempting “Midweek Gourmet Getaway” break to coincide with its new Summer Menu created by the hotel’s award-winning chefs Richard and Andrew McKee

The two-night package features afternoon tea for two, a three-course meal at Cedars restaurant and 20% off pre-booked spa treatments

Calling all food enthusiasts…. Donegal’s only five star hotel Lough Eske Castle, has just launched their new “Midweek Gourmet Getaway” to tempt you to the North West this summer. The Midweek Gourmet Getaway package is designed with foodies in mind who wish to come to Donegal, kick back and enjoy world class cuisine in a beautiful setting.

The package starts off with a tempting “Floral Afternoon Tea” for two in one of the castles regal drawing rooms, and features savory delights such as beef pastrami, pickled cucumber and horseradish focaccia sandwiches, and mouth-watering sweet treats such as Orange Blossom financiers, Hibiscus panna cotta, blackberry and violet gel, and traditional house made scones with Irish clotted cream and strawberry jam complimented by a tea of choice.

Gourmands will taste the best of Donegal in Cedars Restaurant on one evening, where a three-course menu will tickle their taste buds. The newly launched summer menu at Lough Eske Castle features flavoursome dishes such as Donegal crab with apple, avocado and green goddess dressing begin, new main course dishes such as roast Irish rump of lamb, sweet bread, artichoke, pea, hazelnut and mint, finished with decadent desserts such as the signature strawberry, vanilla and pistachio macaron.

The castle recently welcomed two new award-winning chefs, Andrew and Richard McKee, to their kitchen, and they have been working hard on a new seasonal menu, which was inspired by local, fresh and seasonal produce.

Speaking of the changes Head Chef Richard McKee says; “Guests will see the changes in the menu with a different style of cooking and lighter options influenced by international styles from the Nordic and Asian regions in time for the summer season.”

Richard’s younger brother Andrew acts as Head Pastry Chef at the hotel and the new summer dessert menu is bound to please those with a sweet tooth. It includes delights such as the signature strawberry, vanilla and pistachio macaron, and a Donegal Silkie whiskey infused crème brûlée accompanied by a malt cracker.


The Midweek Gourmet Getaway includes:

· Two nights’ accommodation with full Irish breakfast each morning

· A sumptuous three course dinner in Cedars Restaurant on one evening

· Traditional Afternoon Tea for two people on one afternoon

· Complimentary use of swimming pool and fitness room at the Spa

· 20% discount on all spa treatments of 60 minutes or more

From €549 in a Courtyard Guestroom, midweek (Sun – Thurs)

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The five-star Lough Eske Castle is located just outside Donegal Town, nestled within 43- acres of forest woodland hugging the shores of Lough Eske. With 97 spacious guestrooms, the CARA Organic Beauty Spa and swimming pool, Cedars Restaurant and the Gallery Bar with a new bar launching this summer, Lough Eske Castle, is redefining the meaning of luxury in the North-West of Ireland.

Whether it is standing on the tallest sea cliffs in Europe – Sliabh Liag, three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher or exploring the 19th century Glenveagh Castle nestled in the majestic Glenveagh National Park, there is so much to see and do in one of the “Coolest Places on the Planet”.

Only 10 minutes away from Lough Eske Castle is Donegal Town, located nearby a picturesque bay with history stemming back to the 15th century. Meander around the local Craft Village with local artisans and discover the true meaning of Irish heritage.


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