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Lucinda O’Sullivan’s restaurant review: From Kelly’s in Rosslare to La Côte in Wexford, the Sunny South East is simply superb

Skipping the ordeal of international travel, our critic found plenty of seafood and tasty treats as she travelled the highways and byways of Co Wexford

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Tuskar crab salad at Mary Barry’s in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford.

Tuskar crab salad at Mary Barry’s in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford.

Kelly's Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford. Picture by Ger Lawlor.

Kelly's Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford. Picture by Ger Lawlor.

The Lobster Pot restaurant in Carne, Co Wexford. Picture by PJ Browne.

The Lobster Pot restaurant in Carne, Co Wexford. Picture by PJ Browne.

The Vigil sculpture in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. Picture by Niall Carson.

The Vigil sculpture in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. Picture by Niall Carson.

Aldridge Lodge in Duncannon, Co Wexford.

Aldridge Lodge in Duncannon, Co Wexford.

Oysters, fruits of the forest vinegar and shallot reduction at Wild & Native, Rosslare. Picture by @wildandnativeseafoodrestaurant Instagram.

Oysters, fruits of the forest vinegar and shallot reduction at Wild & Native, Rosslare. Picture by @wildandnativeseafoodrestaurant Instagram.

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Tuskar crab salad at Mary Barry’s in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford.

Whether it was walking the glorious beach at Rosslare Strand, tucking into an enormous seafood platter in Kilmore Quay, or revisiting a longstanding restaurant under new management, I couldn’t help feeling slightly smug that I’d chosen a break in the Sunny South East rather than having to endure the nightmare queues I was seeing reported at Dublin Airport — with the added ‘fun’ of lost luggage, not to mention all of the cancelled return flights. Indeed, over the same few days, this sort of disaster happened to a good friend of mine, whom I was supposed to meet in Waterford for dinner at Stephen McArdle and Morgan Vanderkamer’s new Union Wine Bar & Kitchen on The Mall.

He’d gone to Switzerland for a business meeting but his return flight was cancelled at the last minute. Having secured another flight the next day from Lyon, some 300km away, he took the train south. Murphy’s Law kicked in, however, and the train broke down. The weary traveller eventually got home but we missed our dinner date.


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