"Amazing Gastronomical Experience"
I recently stayed in Screebe House in Connemara. It had been recommended by friends who live locally and we really wanted to get out of Dublin for a couple of days and stay somewhere tranquil. I have to say from start to finish it was one of the best places we have ever stayed. We were welcomed by the Owner, Ursula and given an amazing room overlooking the lakes of Connemara. Screebe House isn't just a house it is a huge estate with beautiful lakes, woodlands and fantastic facilities. The House itself is Victorian with beautiful lounge areas and fires on throughout the house which makes for a very welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. There is a spa with a lovely pool which overlooks the lakes as well. So Although it is a Victorian Manor it also provides all the modern amenities one would like without ever having to leave the hotel, this is exactly what we were looking for. We came for the Hotel but we stayed for the Food!! A gastronomic journey is the best way we could describe it. The Dining room is exceptional, the owner very welcoming and we were made aware that there was a new Head Chef, so we weren't sure what to expect. However as soon as we saw the Menu we were extremely surprised by the choice, variety and the creativity used to prepare this Menu and we literally wanted to try everything.I mean imagine finding a real french Bouillabaise in the middle of Connemara,it was not what we expected. The steak tartare was superb, we had mussels made in the traditional french way and his meat was cooked to perfection and with such finesse and again creativity with an explosion of tastes on his plates . We could not complain about portion size either, we had friends who had stayed in Screebe before and they had said the portions were very small, well this Chef certainly knew what his guests wanted. We had the pleasure of speaking with him at the end of the evening. Chef Oliver Jasko spoke with us at great length about his experience. His passion for food and for pleasing his guests was evident in his enthusiasm and it was a delight talking with him. He is the reason that prompted us to write this review as the flair and creativity shown in his use of local produce and even the use of Screebe's own natural produce, which he did with such affinity brought us on an "Amazing Gastronomical Journey" and we want to thank him by writing this review. We certainly hope to return soon and can't wait to see what he has in store for us next time !!!