The Phoenix

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 7 reviews )

Shanahill East, Castlemaine, Ireland

Guesthouse, restaurant, and organic garden. Reservations suggested so call ahead. Offers fair trade coffee, garden fresh herbal teas, soups, and meals. Fully vegetarian since 2018. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British, European, Irish

7 Reviews

First Review by drwiz

delicious! - Edit

We had a delicious lunch here. The ingredients were oh so fresh and the dishes fantastic. You can tell that they put a lot of care into their food and restaurant. Lunch menu was reasonably priced at under 10 euros. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for delicious vegan food. Stay and look around the property and visit with their pet animals if you have time.

Pros: vegan options, nice atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff

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Nice place - Edit

Although it was difficult to find it was a good choice to eat in the area, because there aren't restaurants with vegan options there. The site is very nice, and the food, not cheap, is very tasty and very friendly staff, willing to veganice any dish.

Pros: friendly staff, vegan options, Pleasant place

Cons: Location, Price, Low protein

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Beautiful place, people and food - Edit

Great restaurant and great food but it's not 100% vegetarian, so check the ingredients if you don't know every fish name. The people are lovely and Lorna told us about a jam near the restaurant, we had the opportunity to meet the restaurant staff and spend the night with them. It's a lovely team and a lovely place, you will love having a look around the garden (especially if it's not rainy). The decoration is really nice, reminding of sweet childhood memories. The main's prices were not written on the board and they might be a bad surprise.

Pros: organic food, great team, a plate is a meal, good portions

Cons: fish fish fish, unannounced prices

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a very special place - Edit

We stayed at the Phoenix for one night at the end of a three week tour through Ireland, and it was the most special night we've had. It's not just a restaurant, but also a B&B. Lorna, the owner, is a warm hearted hippie mom, and the whol ehouse is decorated with stuff she brought back from her trips all over the world. The garden is a almost magical place, with gypsie caravans to sleep in, and all organic vegetables growing. We ended up drinking excellent organic wine in the garden, and later, Lorna's husband drove us to a pub nearby. Unfortunately we've missed dinner, but we had a late breakfast the next day. Make sure to buy a copy of Lorna's cookbook. The recipes I've tried so far are awesome. I'd love to come back to this place anytime and stay for a week, a month, a year and drink and eat and chat with the people there.

Pros: everything!

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NOT VEG - Edit

I just have to say this is not a vegetarian restaurant. It says right on their website that they serve "Dingle seafood."

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Lorna Tyther 11 Jan 2013 - We are a vegetarian B&B, Our lunch menu is vegetarian. For the last three summers we have served 3 seafood dishes on our dinner and early bird menu of which at least 80% is vegetarian/vegan.We are very very strict in our kitchen and have an entire area solely for our fish. Our farmers market is vegetarian. My cookery courses are vegan as is my cookery book.
Four years ago I debated closing as we were unable to sustain being pure vegetarian, now we are commercially more viable and we still offer mainly vegetarian food. I am sorry if you are offended Andrea and as you pointed out we do clearly state Dingle Seafood on our website.  

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andrea 12 Jan 2013 - Yes, as I said you are not a vegetarian restaurant as you used to be listed on HappyCow. They have since changed the designation. I was not offended; I was stating a fact.  

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Good Food Haven - Edit

I am not vegetarian but find myself drawn time and time again to this relaxed, informal and delicious eating venue. My family and I have been visiting The Phoenix on and off for 8 years now and have never had a bad experience. The food is always tasty, inspiring and freshly produced wherever possible using locally sourced ingredients. There is often entertainment sometimes planned and sometimes spontaneous eg last Friday we were delighted to hear excellent traditional fiddle playing by one of the owners part time helpers. The children love exploring the beautiful garden complete with romany caravans and in the summer months you can eat El Fresco. Worth a visit whether it be just for coffee and cake (wheat free), tapas or a 3 course meal. There is no where like The Phoenix - a unique experience.

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Good vegetarian choice - Edit

Funky, converted house in the middle of nowhere, but good food and fairly priced. Selection was good for vegans, and the staff was very helpful. If you are on the way to Dingle, a great place to stop for lunch or dinner. Non vegetarians were enjoying the food too, and the owner will sell you fresh produce straight out of the garden. They will also work with you to personalize your dish. In Ireland vegan restaurants are not the norm, but this would be good anywhere.

Pros: selection, location, for that area, price

Cons: not close to major areas

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