Restaurant review: Creating a thoroughly modern menu from classic ingredients

The fare on offer at the Owenmore Restaurant in Ballynahinch Castle, Co Galway, will meet the needs of both the curious eater and the comfort-seeker

Priced at €70 for three courses, the menu is heavy on classic ingredients like lamb, sole and oysters – but modern touches abound. Picture: Barry Murphy

The Owenmore Restaurant at Ballynahinch Castle

Recess, Co Galway


Chef: David Bodas

There is a perpetual challenge which faces long-established businesses, no matter what sector they operate in: how to attract new customers while not alienating their existing ones.

Ballynahinch Castle has had a long and storied history involving, among others, the pirate queen Grace O’Malley, the founder of the RSPCA, and an Indian prince who played cricket for England. It is a ...