Below are just a small selrction of the owners recommendations for eating out during your stay.
The Watermill Restaurant, Kilmore Quay, Lisnaskea.
Approximately 10 minutes from Coolbeg. £10-£12 by taxi or accessible by boat landing in Kilmore Quay is the Watermill Restaurant. Perched on the shore of the Lough boasting water gardens and a 5,000 litre aquarium. Warm lobster salad, kettyle dry aged beef served Rossini style with truffles and foie gras feature on the award winning menu of owner Pascal Brissaud. One of only five restaurants in Ireland awarded a three fork rating in the Michelin Guide. Bookings: 00 44 28 6772 4369.
Macnean Restaurant, Blacklion, County Cavan.
Just over the border in County Cavan (30 minutes by car), is Macnean House and restaurant, awarded Georgina Campbell’s All Ireland Restaurant of the Year Award in 2007 and described as a National Treasure. Also a winner of Food & Wine best Chef in Ulster, 2011. It’s not easy to obtain a reservation, so book well in advance. Tel: (00353) 7198 53022.
Carrybridge Hotel & Marina (2 miles or 40 minute walk) BT94 5NF
The closest Restaurant & Pub is the Carrybridge Hotel and Marina with a quality pub and restaurant menu. Excellent beers and outside terracing overlooking the Marina and passing cruising boats. Tel: 028 6638 7148
Blakes of the Hollow, 6 Church Street, Enniskillen
“If Irish pubs were Churches, Blakes of the Hollow would be the Cathedral of them all”. American travel writer.
The original Victorian bar remains untouched since 1887 – downstairs is fine dining at Restaurant No. 6 or the Cafe Merlot wine bar for classy contemporary cooking. Live Irish music on Friday nights. Tel: 028 6632 5388.
Franco’s Restaurant, Queen Elizabeth Road, Enniskillen, BT74 7DY
This well run restaurant delivers quality local food in an upbeat ambiance.
Think contemporary pizza and Italian food, home made marinades, locally sourced vegetable Donegal seafood, Fermanagh lamb and 35 day kettyle beef. Family friendly. Tel: 028 6632 4424.
Dollakis Restaurant, Cross Street, Enniskillen, BT74 7DX
A local favourite and very popular at the weekends – honest Greek and Mediterranean food. The owners describe the atmosphere as “it’s like being on your holidays”. Voted by the Irish Restaurant Association as “Best Casual Dining in Fermanagh, 2010, 2012 and 2013”. Tel: 028 6634 2616.
Pinsapo (10 miles), 72 Main Street, Tempo, BT94 3LW
Authentic Spanish restaurant with an emphasis on simple and fresh cuisine. All breads, deserts, cakes and ice creams are hand made in the restaurant by Spanish Chef, Jose Manuel Mallo. Tel: 028 8954 1324.