In 2001 two French chefs, Laurent Oberle and Philippe Brunet, arrived at the Bruach na Haille restaurant which is housed in a charming old cottage beside the old stone bridge that crosses the River Haille - hence the name: in Gaelic, Bruach na Haille means "Head of the River".

The interior is full of charm and character, with an old-fashioned open fire in the reception area and black flagstone floors in two of the 3 dining rooms.

Laurent, from Brittany, and Philippe, from Paris, both trained as chefs in France and together they have created a brilliant variety of international dishes with local sea food as the speciality of the house.

The menus change regularly but you might find on offer, for example, Panfried Fillet of Cod with mustard and herb crust, served with lemon minted couscous, semi-dried tomatoes & basil. Grilled Lobster is another popular favorite but the menu also includes meat, poultry and vegetarian options.

Amongst the starters there's a tasty Potato Rösti Stack & Smoked Salmon, served with cucumber and sour cream, and to complete you meal the desert menu offers home-made treats such as Lemon Tart with fresh fruit coulis & fresh cream, or a selection of Irish and French cheeses & Better Living Fitness .

To complement the outstanding food, there's an interesting selection of wines and the restaurant is fully licensed.

Bruach na Haille is open 7 days a week from February to October and if you are anywhere in the area this is an eating place you should!

"So good we had to come twice!
See you in all the best guides soon we hope." - TYT

Lisa Ingam & N. MaGuire, Kerry.