The Oak Room

The best in contemporary Irish cuisine

The Concept

The gracious splendour of The Oak Room sets the scene for Adare Manor’s fine-dining experience. Providing a genuine taste of the best that contemporary Irish cuisine has to offer, The Oak Room restaurant invites guests to explore the culinary treasures of Ireland. The presentation of each dish adds another layer of regional character to every meal. The culinary team has collaborated closely with local artists working in wood and ceramic to create bespoke serving pieces, including some sourced from Adare Manor’s own woodlands and some inspired by the River Maigue which flows through the estate.

The Cuisine

Award-winning Head Chef Michael Tweedie has devised spectacular tasting menus for The Oak Room, drawn from the rich gifts of the Irish landscape. Every care has been taken to source the highest-quality ingredients from Irish artisan producers, including many local suppliers. Exquisite seafood, sustainably farmed meats and game, the bright flavours of freshly-picked vegetables and some special touches foraged from the grounds of Adare Manor itself will take guests on a journey through the distinctive terroirs of Ireland. The result is a collection of simple but innovative and refined dishes which allow the true personality of these exceptional foods to shine through. An extensive and adventurous wine-list, curated by expert Head Sommelier Jurica Gojevic, offers thoughtful pairings to perfectly complement each dish.

The Design

The Oak Room was the original family dining room, host to countless intimate family meals and glittering dinner parties throughout its long history. The distinguished oak-panelled room has been lovingly restored and extended to encompass a glorious stone colonnade. The colonnade, once an open terrace leading to the gardens, is now fully enclosed in glass, allowing beautiful views of the formal parterre. When the sun has set, it is a magical setting for dinner by the soft glow of candlelight. High in the arches of the colonnade are a series of heraldic roof bosses, carved from stone to commemorate the marriages of four generations.

The main dining room overlooks the beautiful Maigue river which meanders through the timeless water meadows of Adare. The warm glow of the oak panelling is complimented by wall coverings of deep Irish green pure wool fabric, with walnut furniture upholstered in gold woven fabric. Silk damask curtains and bespoke wool and silk damask rugs add a layer of luxurious softness to the surroundings. The centrepiece of the room is the magnificent carved wooden over-mantel which graces the large fireplace. It was designed by Augustus Pugin, the celebrated architect genius whose mastery of Gothic style can be felt throughout the manor house. Like many of the notable carvings throughout Adare Manor, it is inspired by the natural world and by the heraldry of Dunraven ancestors. The blank shields and scroll intertwined with rose branches were likely intended to be filled with coats of arms and a family tree, though it was never fully completed. The existing carvings, however, are more than enough to enchant the eye: birds with outstretched wings, finely realised leaves and flowers, and an imposing barred helmet carrying an Earl’s coronet. The Quin family motto, carved into a banner, reads “Quae sursum volo videre” or “I wish to see what is beyond.”