Athenaeum House Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Christendom, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland
Athenaeum House Hotel
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 25% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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Eating out in Waterford

by notlistening

Hi All,

There is a small group of six coming to Waterford this summer for a long weekend. We are slowly planning our trip and as some of us have never been to Ireland we wanted to go a little bit authentic when we are eating and drinking ;) out. I am after some advise from the locals as usually they know places that are good, not too expensive and traditional. Any other recommendation of things to do would also be great but that is not essential.



Re: Eating out in Waterford

by pure1942

My favourite restaurant in Waterford is Fitzpatricks on the Cork Rd. Good food and has great value early bird menus.

Waterford has a good nightlife. Some of my favourite bars are Geoffs, Harvey's and the Kazbar.

During the day you can gead out to the seaside town of Tramore or rent a car and head along the coastal road towards Dungarvan (Waterford's second biggest town). The scenery on the way is fantastic and you can stop off in little coastal towns like Stradbally, Annestown and Bunmahon. I have more info on my Dungarvan pages so feel free to have a look.
There are some great pubs and resstaurants in Dungarvan too...I live here so I should know :)
Coastal road takes over bout 1 and 1/2 hours but new main road takes under an hour.

Re: Eating out in Waterford

by SabrinaSummerville

In the city centre there is no doubt but that the most authentic place is T & H Doolan's in George's Street. It's oone of Ireland's oldest pubs, serves great food all day, and has traditional (live) music at night. The food is cheap (bar food prices about €10.00 for a main course).

As Brian said, Fitzpatrick's is very good (and the building very pretty) but they don't have on site entertainment.

If you head to Brian's town, Dungarvan, I must encourage you to try The Tannery. It is known to be one of the best restaurants in Ireland - again, no live entertainment though here the food is an entertainment in itself.

I have tips on these places on my Waterford and Dungarvan pages.

As a seaside eatery I recommend the Spinnaker in Dunmore east for divine seafood in a traditional Irish Pub setting, owned and run by locals. You will also get plenty of traditional music in Dunmore East.

Travel Tips for Waterford

Free Guide Books and Leaflets

by SabrinaSummerville

You will find tons of information on various things to see and do in and around Waterford in the free mini guidebooks and leaflets that are available in the pubs and hotels throughout the City and County.

For example, this morning I had breakfast at a local pub and while I was there I picked up the following free brochures - A Restaurant guide which featured restaurants in all of the South East of Ireland with a little write up on each, pictures, and contact details; a pub guide similar to the restaurant guide; a leaflet detailing the bands playing in the pub we were in; a leaflet about a local sea safari; and another leaflet about Classical music events in a historic local cathedral.

There's a great deal of information in these booklets that you won't find in the better known guideboooks - plus, they have a lot of local input which is a huge plus.

Tony Hawks - Round Ireland with a fridge


The book * Round Ireland with a fridge * written by Tony Hawks is an useful companion for an Ireland trip. It tells the true story of a bet that Tony cannot hitch hike around the circumference of Ireland with a fridge within one calender month. On his trip Tony visits many irish places and their unique people. The book is easy to read and gets you laughing out loud.


As a swiss...

by arkadia


As a swiss person I couldn’t resist to visit the Swiss Cottage once I found it on my map. The Swiss Cottage was a residence for rich persons, constructed in a very unsual way. Every window has a different shape.
You will find the Swiss Cottage on the road between “Clonmel” and “Cahir”, coming from Waterford.

A Little Piece of Italy

by SabrinaSummerville about Emilianos

Emilianos is the brainchild of a local Irish/Italian girl, Lavina, and her husband Emiliano. They met several years ago when they were both working on one of the luxury cruise lines, fell in love, and came back to Waterford giving us this delightful eatery.

The food is genuinely Italian. Waterford hosts two Italian places, and they are both excellent while serving entirely different dishes. Both expertly authentic.

Emilianos has a very authentic Italian atmosphere - tiled floors, brick walls, lots of candlelight, a very rustic look overall.

You won't come here looking for pizza - delight instead in the amazing pasta, crunchy bruschetta, and the best of local seafood cooked with an Italian flair.

Their beef, too, is the best that you will get in any restaurant in Waterford. Succulent. Best eaten very rare. Sometimes they do a main course version of my favourite carpaccio, but they first touch the beef very lightly to a hot pan, browning the outside.

Perhaps the one disappointment here is the dessert menu - there's very little on it and the only authentically Italian desserts are the Tiramisu and the icecream. While I can never get enough of good Italian icecream, I think tiramisu is a bit "tired" at this stage.

A word for the staff - wonderful! Mostly Italian, but with a great Austrian manager who keeps the placve running like clockwork.

Finally, a public service notice - they close for a month for renovations starting 18th April 2006. I adore the beef carpaccio. They create the dish at your table. First they bring a plate of freshly sliced beef carpaccio, then they squeeze lemons so that the juice flavours the meat, this is topped with aragula (not sure if I spelled this right) and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Finish with a little truffle oil and freshly ground black pepper. Mmmmm.

This Oldie is Still a Goodie

by SabrinaSummerville about Jade Palace

The Jade Palace was Waterford's first ever Chinese restaurant. Indeed, it is said that it's founder, Johnny Fan, was one of the first (if not the first) Chinese restauranteur in Ireland.

Although the restaurant has since changed hands (now owned by a relative of the infamous Johnny Fan) it is still as good as ever.

Housed in an elegand period building, the decor is opulent. Recently the bathrooms have been remodelled, the walls are now graced with tanks of elegant tropical fish, and backlit glass panels etched with Chinese symbols provide subtle lighting. Essentially, the place remains much the same - including the menu. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it. It is particularly fine value to come here for lunch. For just €11.50 you may enjoy a starter plus a main course and coffee. Dessert is just a euro extra. For this you will get generous portions of soup, a plate of special fried rice or perhaps the tangy sweet and sour chicken, first class service, and sumptuous surroundings. They've been doing this for twenty or thirty years, maybe more, and they've been doing it well.

Most recently I lunched here with two friends. I enjoyed the chicken and sweetcorn soup, thick as chowder and rich with beaten egg. I followed this with the house special fried rice - a plate full of tasty rice, jewel coloured vegetables, prawns, chicken, and barbecued pork. Totally delicious. For the three of us, including wine and soft drinks, the bill totalled €51.00.

This is to be highly recommended. During the day it is popular with City workers and for business lunches. At night it attracts a local crowd in the main and is very popular with couples for a romantic meal.

Prices at night are more expensive, but you can eat certain dishes in the cocktail bar downstairs at a lower price.


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Address: Christendom, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland