Seafood by the Sea: The Strand Inn in Dunmore East



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.


Where to eat in Ireland for the best Irish Food



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!




Visiting Ireland – Travel Checklist

Aer Lingus, the national Irish airline, offers non-stop flights from select US cities. Weirdly enough, on both departure and return flights we were passed over for meal service at every possible meal. Needless to say, we did not have the most pleasant flight or experience good customer service (then again, flying is never pleasant these days.)

Two reasons to recommend Aer Lingus: low fares, some non stop, from many US cities and their pre-clearance facilities. 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  delayed flight leaves you with nothing but the clothes on your back, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland smack in the middle of our road trip and nearly blew our mini rental car away! Get a quote for your trip here.


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Luci's MorselsNovember 22, 2017 - 7:15 pm

Great photos, the food looks delicious and the location is beautiful! Love the view of the seaside cliffs, such an idyllic scene!

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