• Cyril McAree

Lemon Tree Restaurant, Letterkenny Is Awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant Of The Month


Lemon Tree Restaurant has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for April. Selected by renowned food writer Georgina Campbell and Bord Bia, the Just Ask Restaurant of the Month rewards eateries across Ireland that exhibit best practices in showing transparency in the sourcing of the food on their menus.

Situated in the heart of Letterkenny along the Wild Atlantic Way since its establishment in 1999, this family run restaurant offers an intimate, relaxed ambience where customers can experience classically inspired dishes from the chef brother trio, Christopher, Gary and Thomas Molloy. The passion to source local and sustainable produce can be enjoyed from fork to glass, from the local garden herbs and vegetables to the selection of Donegal brewed beers. The philosophy at The Lemon Tree is simple: contemporary Irish cooking using where possible, Donegal produce.

“All meats, fish and poultry are Irish sourced and everything is made freshly on site, including all breads, pastries, pastas and desserts,” they state. Wonderful Donegal meats (home reared beef and lamb from Gildea Farm Butchers, Letterkenny; Angus beef from Lisnamulligan Farm, Castlefinn) and free range poultry (Noone Farm, Inishowen) rub shoulders in this creative kitchen with fresh fish, seafood (Starcrest Seafoods of Donegal, Albatross Seafood Killybegs, Mulroy Bay Mussels, Errigal Bay Scallops) and traditional turf smoked salmon from the picturesque Haven Smokehouse at Carrigart. Home grown potatoes are sourced from Derek McClure and vegetables come from the famed Ballyholey Farm Shop at Raphoe and Manus MacGonagle’s esteemed Quality Sea Veg at Burtonport. Gareth Austin supply micro herbs and wild foods to the restaurant and Donegal Rapeseed Oil, Jordans Donegal Sea Salt and St Johnston Honey all proudly featured too. Sourcing local extends to the drinks list too, where you'll find not just a well chosen range of wines, but also some Donegal craft beers including Kinnegar Brewery, Boghopper Brewery and most recently Silkie Whiskey. Lemon Tree's menus can be viewed here.

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