Legal dispute forces closure of the Watermill

The premises of the Watermill will be closed temporarily

The award winning restaurant, The Watermill, has closed.

The legal firm acting for Pascal Brissaud, the head chef of the internationally-acclaimed restaurant near Lisnaskea confirmed this week that the premises have been closed temporarily.


It is believed the restaurant has a number of weddings booked for the coming season and some brides are concerned that their ‘big day’ may be ruined if its doors stay closed.

In a statement, issued by Mr Brissaud to the Herald through his solicitors, Messrs Murnaghan & Fee,  he said: “The premises have been closed temporarily due to matters in dispute between the parties involved in the operation of the business.

“As these matters in dispute may result in litigation, I have been advised to make no further comment on them at this stage.

“I apologise sincerely to everyone who has been affected by the temporary closure of the premises, especially our customers, and I wish to assure them that every effort is being made to resume normal business as soon as possible.”

At peak times it operated with a staff of 25 full-time, including 10 chefs, and 35 part-timers who were mostly drawn from the catchment area.

Awarded a ‘Three Fork’ rating in the Michelin Guide, one of only five restaurants in the whole of Ireland, its fame spread and, over time, it was patronised by politicians, and celebrities from the world of screen, stage and sport.

Asked for a comment yesterday about the restaurant’s future, Mr Brissaud said he had been legally advised against speaking to the media.


“The only thing I will say is, I will be very happy and proud to be able to cook in that building again.”

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