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BEST IN MONAGHAN COURTHOUSE

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1 Monaghan Street, Carrickmac­ross Tel: (042) 969 2848 courthouse­restaurant.ie

Owners Conor Mee and Charlotte Carr met while training in the tourism college in Killybegs in Donegal in the mid-’90s. and now preside over one of the finest restaurant­s in Monaghan. We’re big fans of their Tapas Menu with Homemade Black pudding,

White Beans & Fried Egg; Grilled Broccoli with Caesar Mayonnaise; and Crispy Ham & Duck Liver Paté with Chutney & Sourdough Toast among the rotating cast of beautifull­y presented small plates. The equally tempting mains include Venison Haunch with Pickled Red Cabbage, Artichoke & Sprouts and, for the pescataria­ns among you, Roast Monkfish, Dunnany Crab Claws, Greens & Garlic Butter, which positively tastes of ocean. Sunday Lunch is a big thing at the Courthouse with an excellent € 28 Three Course Menu that includes a particular­ly winning Fried Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms, Onions & Garlic Butter. It’s a gorgeous room too with staff who are evangelica­l about the food.

For a light supper, try a few of the dishes from their Tapas Menu, which includes Homemade Black Pudding and Roaring Bay Mussels.

Best Dish: Ricotta Dumplings with Chick Peas, Ham Shank & Green Sauce – € 17

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