Cullens at The Cottage

4.6
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135 reviews
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€30 and under
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International
Please note, whilst the restaurants at the Ashford Castle are OPEN, they are only accessible for guests staying within Ashford Castle for the time being.

The Perfect Summer Setting

This traditional thatched cottage provides a relaxed dining experience with international and local dishes inspired by our owner Beatrice Tollman.
Open in the summer months, it’s just a short stroll over the bridge from the castle.
What 135 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.8
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Disgruntled
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience2

The food was bland. Crab claws with undercooked boiled potatoes did not look or taste appetizing, but my complaint was promptly dealt with & my replacement was a big improvement. My real complaint is with the seating arrangements - obviously fitting in more customers was more important than the 2m self distancing. I was sitting at the back (near fish tank) with my sister at a table for two & either side of us, two other tables for two. However, a group of 4 came in later & were seated directly behind me, with one of the guys pushing my chair as he settled himself comfortably into his! The waiter then arrived down with some bread/tapenade for the couple on my left & asked if I could pull my chair in a bit so he could pass!!! As the lady on my left said “it’s not you he should be asking to move, but the person behind you”. I tried to move closer but when it was obvious there wasn’t an inch between me & the guy behind me, the waiter then handed the bread over my head. At that stage, I was well & truly ready to leave, never to return.

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Olivia
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I don't usually write reviews but when a restaurant is this good you need to shout it from the thatched roof. We went two nights in a row it's that good.

If you love seafood it will be up there with the best restaurant in Ireland but there is plenty on the menu even if fish is not your thing. Cullens at The Cottage is all about quality produce that has such flavour when it comes to your plate you can only be impressed by the chefs in that kitchen. We had the crab claws, crab arancini, spring rolls, surf & turf, seafood tangletelli and steak over the two nights and all were exceptional. The bread to start is also the best bread I've had to date anywhere.

This is a hidden gem for Ashford Castle and Ashford Lodge guests and you have to visit. The staff make you so welcome and are genuinely so nice and so knowledgeable about the food and wines. Organising a lift back to the Lodge in the rain are nice touches. It also looks great which is a bonus. Ashford Estate should be very proud of what they achieved here.

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StephanieK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyable meal. Food was excellent and service was very attentive, we were made feel like special guests. Thank you.

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CaoilfhionnH
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, reasonable price and excellent attentive staff

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MartineB
Mayo
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely beautiful fish restaurant which produces other items too, and provides great quality at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.

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Darren
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great service. Loved the bobotie spring rolls!

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PatF
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our booking was for 7.30 pm we arrived at 7.15 and we were seated in a cozy corner of the restaurant.
The waiter left us with our menus and took our drinks order
The food was amazing from start to finish.
It was on the pricey side but when you’ve had a meal so good it was well worth it.

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DanielM
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Irish prices for mediocre food. Wine was also not better than average.

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Claire
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you to Clare and team for their hospitality in Cullens at The Cottage. Food and service were excellent.

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vipIleneS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The service was lovely but I found the food disappointing. In fact, I had the worst dessert I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Galway
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant, the whole dining experience was excellent.

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DawnA
Mayo
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cute little restaurant but wish we had a view of the castle from our table. Food was good. Service was excellent.

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MarkW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and a wonderful meal to start a perfect day at the castle.

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GregoryW
Mayo
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it and they made us feel special. We would highly recommend eating there.

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flowee
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience, cozy and inviting. Enjoyed the food, langoustines were tasty! Peri chicken was a delicious blend of flavor, portion was more than I could eat so the leftover bird made a nice snack. Would eat there again when staying on the property

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MossleyJo
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Overall disappointed. We had booked well in advance but had to sit at the bar whilst they made the table ready and wasn’t that full. We then had to ask for service at the bar whilst 3 waiters stood around. Table Service was ok but not very attentive. Menu limited. Food was nicely presented but nothing special considering the price. We’ve experienced much better.

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WilliamL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely informal meal at the cottage.

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JoanM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food perfect
Choices excellent
Service attentive
Ambiance cozy and comfortable

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DeclanOConnor
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at Cullens at the Cottage, the food was outstanding and the staff where extremely helpful, attentive and friendly, we loved it.

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MarianC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THANK YOU :)
We had a fab lunch there on Sunday - we booked it to celebrate our twins' 13th birthday - I had sent an email asking if there could be decorations or something on the table so I was really disappointed when the table was bare however, after dinner, the staff came out with 2 desserts and sang happy birthday to the twins - just fab - thank you so so much.
I was looking for the page on fb so I could post a note and photo bu tthere doesn't seem to be a fb page.
Thanks again

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TerrieD
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a cute dining experience! We really enjoyed a walk on the grounds before our lunch and arriving slightly early due to sudden rainfall were glad to be readily accommodated by staff.
A pleasant & comfortable lunch followed. I really enjoyed the steak sandwich. Our toddler was as delighted with his pasta as he was with the lobster tank!

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beverlymil
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely restaurant with interesting items on the menu, all beautifully prepared and delicious. We will be returning tomorrow for dinner there.

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DeirdreM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very attractive setting, adjacent to the Hotel at Ashford. The food is pleasant, its bistro style and the environment is quite relaxed. A very pleasant experience and a pleasant addition to our stay at Ashford.

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Foodiefan
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and as there were seven of us we were given a nice quiet corner so we could talk and relax without disturbing other diners.

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Rose
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food. We enjoyed our meals and look forward to the next visit.

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EmilyD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at Cullen's at the Cottage was an exceptional meal during our trip through Ireland. The service was outstanding and the food was exceptional. I ordered the mussels, and they were cooked beautifully. The serving was huge, and ended up sharing it with most of my table. Everyone enjoyed the oysters, they had a lovely mild flavor. Other fish and seafood dishes were also beautifully prepared. The restaurant is small and nicely decorated with nautical elements. Even though we were dressed down from the Hawk walk experience, we felt comfortable and welcomed. Would return again and highly recommend if you are on the grounds, or looking for something more special.

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Adam
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The price point was a little high for the overall quality of the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Not as expensive as I thought it would be. If you want to eat in the castle grounds, this has a nice view of the castle itself if you're outside.

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Ppgf
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters in the world!

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DawnR
Mayo
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The price was a little too high for what we received. Since we already had to pay just to get onto the grounds to eat there we should have expected the high prices but we expected the quality to be better. It was just OK.

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vipLind
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful thatched roof cottage restaurant at the Ashford Castle. Quaint little garden in front. Small bar but good bartender. Nautical themed restaurant. Food was very good. Would definitely recommend it. (The lobster was yummy!)

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SarahR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night

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MaureenM
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would fully recommend Cullen’s at the Cottage. The food was delicious and the staff were excellent (in particular Clare Jennings). Afterwards, relaxing outside, sipping wine with marvellous views of Ashford Castle made the whole experience, perfect.

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Dfresh
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall it wasn’t bad, but I expected more given the location. I think it’s a good choice for family dining, but couples are better served by eating at one of the restaurants inside Ashford Castle instead.

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vipDawnd
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a beautiful place. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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vipDddd
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very high quality food. The ceviche was outstanding as were the oysters.

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MrsRyan19
Mayo
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening at Cullens, Really good choice of menu for 2019. Our food was really lovely, good portion size and the service was excellent. We will back again soon. Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly amazing food and great servjcd

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vipEdwald
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A wonderful location. Wish it had windows overlooking the castle. Food was good but not great. Not a restaurant for foodies. Salmon was fresh. I had the Osso Bucca and it was dry. Split a salad and it need more dressing. The bread was a disappointment. Ended up with vegan bread. Deconstructed their chocolate fudge Sunday and it was okay.

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RobD
Galway
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for seafood. Excellent service and setting.

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Cullens at The Cottage is rated 4.6 stars by 135 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.