There’s more to dining out than simply the food – it’s the entire experience that makes it unforgettable. These European restaurants aren’t short on magnificent surroundings: from panoramic sea vistas to lush wooded backdrops, these unique restaurants are a spectacle in themselves.
The King Sitric, Howth, Co. Dublin – Ireland
Established in 1971, The King Sitric has earned an international reputation for fresh seafood and hospitality – and it’s small wonder why. Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Howth, you can soak up panoramic sea views while dining on beautifully-cooked dishes in the exquisite restaurant. Chef Patron Aidan cooks fresh fish landed daily on the pier, as well as lobster caught by the hotel’s own fishermen in Balscadden Bay.
Kyrimai, Mani – Greece
Originally an old trade centre built in 1870, the Kyrimai Hotel has been carefully restored to retain its exquisite Greek architecture and charm. As well as a complex of stairways, arches, tower rooms and luxurious suites, the hotel’s cuisine is not to be missed. International award-winning chef Yiannis Baxevanis serves Greek cuisine in the hotel’s romantic restaurant, which looks out onto breathtaking waters and rugged landscapes.
Kviknes Hotel, Sogn & Fjordane – Norway
Few will forget dinner at Kviknes Hotel. Built in traditional Swiss architectural style, staying here is a true step back in time. But its not without it’s luxuries – particularly where food is concerned. The restaurant is run by international chefs using local ingredients from the fjord – choose from dishes such as fried halibut from Sogn, beef entrecote or crayfish soup, all while admiring the waterside landscape and snowcapped mountains.
Rosleague Manor, Co. Galway – Ireland
Set in dreamy secluded woodlands on the ocean’s edge, Rosleague Manor boasts a fairytale-worthy location. The Georgian house has been carefully converted into a first-class hotel complete with Victorian style conservatory and charming drawing rooms. Enjoy a menu of fresher-than-fresh seafood and meats while soaking up views of Ballinakill Bay – the Cleggan Bay Crab, line-caught mackerel, and Leenane Mountain lamb are firm favourites.
Grand Hôtel Bella Tola, St. Luc – Switzerland
Take a step back in time, into the Grand Hôtel Bella Tola. As well as pristinely restored guest rooms and lounge, the original dining room retains its late 18th century charm. Take a seat and take your pick of sublime dishes on the restaurant menu: herb-crusted rack of lamb, perch fillets from Raron and roe deer medallions with cranberries are just a few of the Grand Hotel’s specialities. And as for the view, you can’t get more picture-perfect than the unspoilt nature and spectacular mountains of Val d’Anniviers, within the French-speaking region of the Valais.