Walford salad


Walford salad &

Cratloe Sheep’s Cheese

Served In

Gregans Castle Hotel in the Burren


  • 400g Mature cratloe hills grated
  • 400g cream
  • 300ml milk
  • 5 sheets  or 10 grams of gelatine 
  • 10 grapes
  • 15 walnuts
  • 1 head celery
  • 1 pear
  • 1 truffle
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 50ml walnut oil
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  • Bring milk and cream to boil pour over cheese 
  • Store till melted, if needed put back on the heat .
  • Soak the leaf gelatine till bloomed, add to the cheese mix . 
  • Mix to melt the gelatine in the leave to cool slightly
  • Decant into oiled rings and place in the fridge to set minimum 4-6 hours.
  • Top and tail the grapes and cut in half reserve to plate.
  • Toast the walnuts in hot oven for 4-5 minutes
  • Peal the celery and cut nicely (you can use a pealer and and ice it down to get it to curl up)
  • Slice the pear nice and thinly
  • Slice the truffle

To plate

  • Place the cheese cream in the middle of the plate
  • Arrange nicely around the pear, walnuts and grapes. 
  • Dress the celery with the walnut oil and lemon juice and season, place around the set cheese.
  • Top with shaved or grated truffle and serve 

Welcome to Gregans Castle Hotel. Please take a look around our luxury and gourmet retreat, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Burren on Ireland’s west coast. The house has been welcoming guests since the 1940s and our family have been running it since 1976. Our stunning 18th century manor house is set in its own established and lovingly-attended gardens on the Wild Atlantic Way, and has spectacular views that stretch across the Burren hills to Galway Bay.

Inside, you’ll find welcoming open fires, candlelight and striking decoration ranging from modern art, to antique furniture, to pretty garden flowers adorning the rooms. Gregans Castle has long been a source of inspiration for its visitors.

Guests have included J.R.R Tolkien, who’s said to have been influenced by the Burren when writing The Lord of the Rings, as well as other revered artists and writers such as Seamus Heaney and Sean Scully.

And for the guests of today: with warm Irish hospitality, stylish accommodation, outstanding service and exceptional fine dining in our award-winning restaurant, we truly are a country house of the 21st century. You can do nothing or everything here. And whatever you choose, we’d like you to join us in celebrating all that is wondrous and beautiful in this truly exceptional place.

Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray