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Sláinte! Irish Lunch with a Side of History at the Reg Waterford

The Reg Waterford Ireland Lunch Irish Pub

 

Lunch at The Reg Waterford

 

We visited many pubs throughout our trip to Ireland but The Reg in Waterford stands out as one of the best! The restaurant has live music throughout the week, a club on certain nights and traditional Irish food every day. If you’re looking for a quintessential Irish tavern, you have to stop into The Reg!

 



 

The History of the Reg

The Reg tavern sits right behind Reginald’s Tower, a historic tower in Waterford on the eastern end of the city quay. The tower was used for different purposes over the centuries and is one of the few remaining buildings left from the city’s medieval defense system. It’s the only urban monument in Ireland that retains a Norse / Viking name.

Inside The Reg you can actually see part of Waterford’s original medieval wall (it’s 900 years old!). It’s since been transformed into a long bar with seating alcoves under the stone archways.

We had a quick wander about The Reg and it’s a much bigger Irish tavern from the inside than it appears on the outside. If I remember correctly, the owner slowly bought 5 adjoining buildings and so it’s fun to wander the many rooms and see the different bars and spaces.

There’s an upstairs roof deck for the summer time, various dining rooms, a club / live music room and of course, lots of bars.

We had lunch in the Strongbow Room, which has a giant painting depicting the marriage between Richard Strongbow and Aoife. As we learned throughout our tour of Waterford City, this marriage between the English Normans and the Irish marked a turning point in Anglo Irish relations for the next 800 years.

Who knew lunch would also lead to a mini history lesson?

 



 

What We Tried

Lunch at The Reg is a must. It’s more than just a regular Waterford bar, the place is also an excellent restaurant!

The first thing we wanted to try was Blaa bread, a bread brought to the area by French Huguenots when they landed in Ireland in the 17th century. It’s a soft, doughy white roll and its chewy texture is quite delicious if liberally slathered with butter! But after trying it, I have to say I prefer Irish brown bread.

Blaa bread is actually “protected” by the European Union in that only bread made in Waterford can be called “Blaa bread” – kind of like sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if produced in France’s Champagne region. Trying Blaa bread was nice but saying Blaa Blaa Blaa constantly was the highlight of the day.

We ordered some platters of oysters to share and they were all gone in minutes.

I had the braised lamb shank for my main, over a bed of seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes. It’s slow cooked to perfection and the meat fell off the bone. You can’t leave Ireland without trying their local lamb at least once and the Reg is the place to have it.

We washed everything down with thick glasses of Guinness. Did you know the Irish word for cheers is “slainte”? It means “to good health” in Gaelic and is pronounced like slan-che.

 Read more:   A List of the Best Irish Restaurants We Ate at!

 

 



The Reg Waterford Ireland Lunch Irish Pub

 

Don’t leave The Reg without having dessert!

We tried the creme brulee and it was incredible. I’m usually not a fan of custards but this one is a must order! The Reg adds a twist to the classic dessert by adding in a shot of Muldoons, a coffee whiskey liquer. The creme brulee is topped with seasonal berries and candied espresso beans. For coffee lovers, this is heaven! We also had a couple shots of Muldoons and I really liked the sweet twist!

The other desserts we tried were the chocolate cannonball, which they pour hot chocolate fudge over and melts right before your eyes, and the fudgy chocolate cake. Both were good but the Irish coffee creme brulee was hands down my favorite.


 

Visiting Ireland – Travel Checklist

Aer Lingus, the national Irish airline, offers non-stop flights from select US cities. While we didn’t enjoy our experience with them (flight attendants skipped us for meals multiple times and were rude) Aer Lingus is rapidly expanding their routes and offers low fares (some non stop) from many US cities. We found cheap flights to Ireland in October – you can check for flight deals and routes here.

When returning to the U.S., take advantage of the U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports, where you complete U.S. immigration, customs and agriculture controls before departure so that when you land in the U.S., you can just collect your bags.

I highly recommend staying at an Irish country house or family run hotel during your trip. Irish hospitality is truly something else. Check out Ireland’s Blue Book for luxury, boutique accommodation with a focus on family-run properties and excellent food.

Lastly, be sure to visit Ireland with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Hurricane Ophelia hit the country smack in the middle of our road trip! I use and recommend Allianz travel insurance.

 

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Packing Checklist: What to Wear in Ireland

 

Irish Sights, Activities & Tours We Especially Enjoyed:

20 Photos to Inspire Your Visit to Kylemore Abbey

Co Kerry: 7 Can’t Miss Sights in Killarney

Mingle in Dingle: The Best Things to Do in this Quaint Fishing Village

Co Waterford: 8 Reasons You’ll Love Waterford, Ireland’s Oldest City!

Visiting the House of Waterford Crystal

Is Mount Congreve Ireland’s Best Garden?

Co Wexford: Don’t Skip Wexford – Here’s Why!

Co Kilkenny: Exploring Kilkenny Castle, in photos

 

Restaurant & Hotels We Loved:

County Clare: Gregans Castle Hotel

County Galway: Rosleague Manor Hotel, Where to Stay in Galway

County Wexford: The Strand Inn

County Waterford: The Cliff House Hotel, The Reg Pub

 

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