The Strand Inn, Dunmore East
Seafood by the Sea in County Waterford
After an adrenaline fueled morning at the Dunmore East Adventure Centre, we were really looking forward to lunch! We swung around to the seaside village and stopped in to The Strand Inn for some seafood by the sea.
Large, beautiful windows in the dining room so you can see the sea.
Lunch at The Strand
The family run restaurant and inn have built a local reputation for the best freshly caught seafood in the area. More and more Irish restaurants are focusing on using organic vegetables and in season fruits and The Strand Inn is no exception!
Here are some of the amazing dishes we tried:
Strand seafood pie | This came loaded with hake, john dory, prawns and mussels. All the seafood was cooked in a white wine and cream sauce and topped with a crusty oozy layer of Waterfood cheddar. It was deliciously heavy and comforting on the chilly day!
Duncannon Mussels | If you try anything on the menu, make it these. Mussels in Ireland are unlike anything I’ve ever had in New York – much larger and fresher! We tried them every which way in Ireland, but The Strand prepared them the most uniquely, in a creamy black bean and ginger sauce. They were addicting-ly good and luckily for us served in good portion sizes because everyone dived for them!
For dessert, we tried both the chocolate cake and the berry crumble (if I remember correctly). They were devoured on the spot so I don’t remember the exact names… Even though we were stuffed from the meal, no one left a single crumb of dessert left. Treat yourself and make sure to save room!Read more: Where to Eat in Ireland for the Best Irish Cuisine
About The Strand Inn
The Strand Inn is located in Dunmore East, County Waterford. We were just passing through the town so we didn’t stay overnight, but we asked the owner for a peek at the rooms. It’s a very quaint hotel and even in mid October was almost fully booked. Luckily he had one open room to show us!
The interior was loft like, with a view of the sea and crisp, white decor. The house is a bit of a maze and we saw a nice roof terrace and lounge spaces as we were walking around. There are lots of stairs so hopefully you pack light ha!
During the summer months, they have live music every day in the bar – definitely one of Waterford’s more charming hotels. As a plus, all the rooms have recently been renovated!
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