Fodor's Expert Review MacNean's House & Restaurant

$$$$ Cavan Irish Fodor's Choice

Run by Neven Maguire, one of Ireland's top chefs, MacNean's is one of the best restaurants in the country; in fact, there's a waiting list of up to two years for weekends. The Menu Prestige, at €89 (€139, including wine), delivers a staggering eight courses. Winning appetizers include partridge breast, quail, or Castletownbere sea scallop. Top mains include Thornhill duck breast, strip loin of dry aged beef, or halibut; for dessert, caramel mousse of chocolate crémeux will linger long on the palate. An eight-course vegetarian menu is also available for €85. The five-course Sunday lunch at €48 is a great value and has two seatings, 12:30 and 3:30. Maguire also opened a cooking school featuring classes for all skill levels. Breakfast is served. Given the remoteness of this Cavan town, consider reserving one of MacNean's 19 guest rooms as well as a table. The 65-km (40-mile) detour to Blacklion makes a lot more sense if you are heading from Dublin northwest to Sligo or Donegal.

Irish Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Main St.
Blacklion, Co. Cavan  Ireland


Known For:
  • Delicious local duck
  • Eight-course dinner menu
  • Very difficult to get a table
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch Wed.–Sat.

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