Wineport Lodge

Wineport, Portaneena, Glasson, Co. Westmeath
Renowned for its casually elegant style, delectable dishes and unparalleled views, with a welcoming restaurant that attracts foodies from all over the world.
Opened in 1993, the Wineport Lodge has won many awards including Best Restaurant for Romance, from Tripadvisor in 2020 and A Taste of the Waterways from the Georgina Campbell awards 2020.
Head Chef, Darren Walsh, has cooked all over the world and has had the honour of preparing dishes for the President of Ireland and the Taoiseach, as well as many foreign dignitaries. At the Wineport Lodge, Darren follows a very straightforward ethos; using the best seasonal and local ingredients to create simple and delicious food.With a signature dish of Irish Hereford Prime sirloin, flamed in Tullamore Dew whiskey, with a smoky bearnaise sauce, Glasson mushrooms, sauté onions and hand-cut fries, Darren always keeps his customers happy and coming back time and time again.
Darren learned the art of preparing a great steak at Blake’s restaurant in Dublin where he started out his career. The busiest steakhouse in Ireland, Blake’s always used Irish Hereford Prime beef and Darren learned early on how to hang, bone and prepare the perfect steak.
Darren continued to use Irish Hereford Prime beef when he took over as head chef at the Wineport Lodge, recognising its great quality, appreciating its deep and succulent flavour, and enjoying its versatility. Darren takes great pride in the beef that he matures on the bone in his restaurant, using a dry ager that Irish Hereford Prime sourced for the Wineport Lodge.

“The Irish Hereford Prime beef matured on the bone in our dry ager is the finest quality beef I have ever had the pleasure of using in my culinary career.”

With a signature dish of Irish Hereford Prime sirloin, flamed in Tullamore Dew whiskey, with a smoky bearnaise sauce, Glasson mushrooms, sauté onions and hand-cut fries, Darren always keeps his customers happy and coming back time and time again.

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