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The Village Tavern

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Enda O'Rourke has been doing the good thing for ten years in the lovely Village Tavern, in pretty Mountcharles. His devotion to his county, to his region and, in particular, to his suppliers, is sincere and heartwarming, and it's no exaggeration to say what that the Tavern offers is nothing less than the taste of west Donegal, right down to having their own craft beer, salty Dog, made in Ballyshannon to accompany their speciality fish dishes.
Working with his head chef, Peter Campbell, Mr O'Rourke puts the bounty of his relationship with his suppliers on the plate in glorious food – summer lobster salad with marinated watermelon; pan-seared scallops with slow-braised tomato broth; seafood taster board; hand-dived scallop gratin; Drimerone lamb with pea risotto; turbot with local crabmeat; classic puddings with Blissberry Farm blueberries. The cooking is ambitious and wise, expert at capturing and delivering true and unmediated flavours. If you want to taste the riches of the food culture of Donegal, it's right here in the Village Tavern.

Enda O'Rourke
Main Street, Mountcharles, County Donegal
+ 353 74 973 5622

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