• Cyril McAree

Yew Tree Restaurant, Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney Is Awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restauran


Yew Tree Restaurant, Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for May. 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.

Beautifully located near Muckross House and Gardens and within the Killarney National Park, the five star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa has a fine Victorian house at its heart. And the jewel in Muckross Park’s culinary crown is the sumptuous Yew Tree Restaurant, located in the lounge of the original house, where a modern fine dining experience is offered by Executive Chef John O’Leary and his team. Inspired by local Kerry produce and foods from along the Wild Atlantic Way – from suppliers who are not only listed, but also pinpointed on a map of the west coast regions – the seasonal menus offered include an à la Carte, a Wild Atlantic Way tasting menu and a dedicated vegetarian menu. “As part of our policy of developing a direct relationship with our growers and producers, much of the produce used is sourced from the nearby Wild Atlantic Way,” they state. All beef and Kerry Hill lamb is sourced locally and supplied by Kerry butchers Flesk Meats, T.Cronin & Sons and Tim Jones and veal is sourced from Kilkenny Rosé. Fish and seafood comes from local supplier Star Seafoods of Kenmare, while sea vegetables are supplied by Mungo Murphy’s in Connemara. Duck is supplied by Carrigeleena Farm near Mallow, Co. Cork and Fenit Fruit & Veg near Tralee are their chosen specialist growers and fresh produce suppliers.

Kerry’s longest-established bakery, Larkins of Milltown, supply traditional breads and farmhouse butter is sourced from Cuinneog of Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Their ‘West Coast Cheeseboard’ features classic cheeses from Milleens in Eyeries, Co. Cork, Gubbeeen in Schull, Co. Cork and Killeen Goat’s Cheese in Portumna, Co. Galway. All this, plus carefully considered wine suggestions for every dish adds up to a rounded and satisfying local fine dining experience - a real taste of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Yew Tree’s menus can be viewed here.

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