Wednesday 26 October 2016

Taste 10 great Irish coastal dining experiences

Published 13/05/2015 | 12:08

Whet your appetite on a magical dining experience flavoured with splendid sea views at a stunning coastal location in Ireland.

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Take your pick from a menu stuffed with restaurants perched over awesome cliffs and tucked along the rugged coastline. Make a real break of it and make the most of a tasty and inspiring getaway by booking an overnight stay.

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1. Taste Wild Atlantic Views in West Cork

Get your fill of magical Atlantic views while you feast on delicious sea food in The Pink Elephant Restaurant & Bar at Harbour View in Kilbrittain, West Cork, just a few miles from the food capital of Ireland, Kinsale. This beautiful spot is perched on a height over Courtmacsherry Bay and just a few miles offshore is where the Lusitania went down.  A series of Lusitania commemorative events will be taking place throughout May 

2. Enjoy a cliff hanger in Waterford

Indulge all your senses and lap up sheer luxury in the splendid Michelin Star House Restaurant, part of five-star luxurious Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Flavour your food with views of the ocean and see dolphins at play as you enjoy dining in a magnificent room that appears to cling to the cliff on the south side of Ardmore Bay.

3. Dine on the Dingle Peninsula

The salt air will whet your appetite for a splendid meal in Gorman’s Clifftop House overlooking Smerwick Harbour in Ballydavid on the north-western edge of the magnificent Dingle Peninsula. Eat meals prepared with the best of local produce while soaking up breath-taking Atlantic sunsets and watching waves break against the rocks. For less formal dining have your fill in the bar with its warming traditional turf fire.

4. Feast like a King and Queen in Donegal

Awaken your taste-buds feasting on mouth-watering food topped off with the beauty of the rugged Co. Donegal coast in Castle Murray House Hotel at St. John’s Point in Dunkineely. The hotel is perched over McSwyne’s Bay with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and roaming hills that sweep down to the sea.

5. Inspire your tastebuds in Inis Meáin

Be inspired on a unique dining experience in the remote Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites on Inis Meáin off the coast of Galway. This stunning private retreat on the quietest of the Aran Islands has four exclusive suites and one apartment allowing guests to fully experience this unique location. The main ingredients used in the restaurant are sourced on the island including lobster and crab caught by local fishermen from currachs.

6. Dine on coastal history

Taste the history as you dine in majestic Moy House in Lahinch in Co Clare, originally built in the mid- 18th Century as home to Sir Augustine Fitzgerald. Set on 15 acres of grounds overlooking the breath taking Lahinch Bay dine while indulging in the ever-changing view of the ocean from the conservatory candlelit  restaurant.

7. Lap it up in Louth

Roll back the centuries in The Glyde Inn Bar & Linn Duachaill Restaurant in Annagassan, Dunleer, Co. Louth - an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the Cooley and Mourne Mountains. Established in the 1700’s it is untouched by time. The restaurant is named after Linn Cuachaill, a famous Viking Lonphort and the newly built restaurant has a stern and starboard area with legendary views of Dundalk Bay.

8. Melt your tastebuds in Mayo

Hugging the Wild Atlantic Way Stella Maris Country House Hotel boasts unsurpassed views of the ocean, mesmerizing Downpatrick Head and the gorgeous countryside of Ballycastle in Co. Mayo. The epitome of serenity the house was built originally as a coast guard regional headquarters in 1853, then converted as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy in 1916. Chef-Proprietor Frances Kelly personally oversees the kitchen and takes a simple, organic approach to cooking using the best of local ingredients.

9. Try a beach bar in Sligo

Step back in time for an indulging dining experience in The Beach Bar in Templeboy, Aughris, Sligo, a traditional 300-year-old Irish Thatched Pub and Restaurant. Sitting peacefully on the unspoiled Aughris beach in Sligo bay eat while the Atlantic waves roll outside the front door with the Ox Mountains behind.  Unwind with a cool beer in front of a warm fire as you soak up the character within the thick walls and select a meal from a top class menu.

10. Fuse in Rosslare!

Head to the sunny south east to Ferryport House in Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford, boasting one of the best Fusion Restaurants in the region. The wide ranging menu in this buzzing harbour town includes fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced seafood and steaks.

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