Armagh born brothers Richard and Andrew McKee have recently taken up new roles at Lough Eske Castle in Donegal as head chef and sous chef respectively.

Richard, a multi-rosette winning chef who has previously worked at Castle Leslie, Lough Erne Resort and Redcastle Resort, will join the luxury resort as head chef. Following his ethos of ‘minimal wastage, clever utilisation of seasonal produce, as well as health being considered when creating a dish’, Richard’s creativity is sure to be a hit in the Lough Eske restaurant.

Joining Richard in Lough Eske is his brother Andrew, who is a year younger than him. Andrew has also worked in Lough Erne Resort and Redcastle Hotel, as well as coming second in the 2014 British Young Chef of the Year Awards. Andrew also reached the semi-finals of the National Chef of the Year competition in 2016. 

The two brothers are hoping to add their own modern style to Lough Eske Castle’s menu while keeping the food as local as possible. To match the new food offerings, the castle will soon undergo a serious update: The interiors of the castle will be refreshed to highlight the setting’s commitment to traditional Irish décor and a new cellar bar with a pub-style menu will be installed, offering guests even more luxury than before.

Lough Eske Castle has been vital to Donegal’s economy; since opening in 2007, the castle has welcomed over 500,000 visitors, many of which have enjoyed the local surroundings while there. The town is packed full of local artisans, highlighting to visitors the true meaning of Irish heritage.

If exploring doesn’t appeal to all guests, the facilities at Lough Eske Castle are sure to do the trick. Onsite, there are a swimming pool, two bars and a spar, as well as Cedars restaurant, which is now helmed by the McKee brothers.

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