The Bishop's Buttery: "Blue Book Restaurant" Cashel Restaurant Tip by SabrinaSummerville
Cashel Restaurants: 7 reviews and 9 photos
The Bishop's Buttery is the gourmet restaurant attached to the Cashel Palace hotel. As a "Blue Book" restaurant I would expect certain high standards of food and I cannot be sure that they were met. The Blue Book is a book setting out the main hotels and restaurants of a gourmet type in Ireland. It lists mostly country house types of restaurants but there are some additions to that.
We had first stopped for bar food at this very pretty hotel but unfortunately bar food service had ceased for the evening. We asked for a look at the dinner menu, found it exciting and appetising, and so opted to dine in the main restaurant - the Bishop's Buttery. Also, at that stage, we decided to stay the night in the hotel and agreed a very attractive overnight rate.
When all this was organised the head waiter appeared, whipped away the a la carte menus, and replaced them with a fixed dinner menu with more limited choices. This was our penalty for seeking a package deal with an overnight rate. I was disappointed as it was the a la carte menu that had tempted me to stay. There was nnot even a suggestion of a supplement to choose from the other menu and I was too tired to suggest it.
Favorite Dish: On the recommendation of the maitre d' I started with the seafood chowder. It was indeed lovely and creamy and very very filling. That's the thing about chowder - you don't need anything after it!
The next course was a very interesting fish dish - cod done three ways. There was baked cod, smoked cod, and salted cod. Each was done in a different way and the centre of the plate was garnished with a selection of clams in their shells with crispy pancetta and a creamy sauce. Now that plate of food was very tasty indeed and more like what I'd expect of a restaurant of this calibre.
At the request of the restaurant, coffees and desserts were served upstairs in front of the fire. Some people might have been peeved at being rushed from the table to allow a later sitting, but it suited us perfectly. We had a choice of two lounges or the hotel lobby and we chose the latter because of the open log fire.
When you come to a place like this you want to try something different, like the stuffed pig's trotters. Otherwise you might as well be eating anywhere. Next time I come back I'll insist on the a la carte.
Comparison: more expensive than average
Price: US$41 and up
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