Dunmore East Things to Do
Killea Old Church
If you drive out of Dunmore via the Woodstown Road, you will pass this very lovely ruined Church on your left hand side. It overlooks the sea and you can lose yourself among the old gravestones that surround the ruins.
Directly across the road is the new Church which is currently in use.Related to:
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Birdwatching - Find the Kittiwakes
Dunmore East is famous for its flocks of Kittiwakes, which nest on the cliffs down by the sailing club.
Here are some pics of red legged Kittiwakes.
There are many other species of birds to be found in this area and enthusiastic ornithologists will find much to interest them.Related to:
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Dunmore East Restaurants
Azzurro: Mediterranean with an amazing view
Azzuro restaurant, perched on the edge of heaven, is the latest and perhaps the most brave of adventurous departures by the owners of the incredibly popular and successful La Plama restaurant and Espresso restaurant in Waterford City. I say that this is a brave project by reason of the fact that the proprietors took over the ownership and running of what would have been the most popular and successful restaurant ever in this quaint fishing village, the Ship.
I postponed going there until this week, February 2008, as I was afraid to spoil my memories of what once was. However, as soon as I left the bitter chill of an Irish February and pushed open the door into the warm and welcoming interior of this restaurant I knew I wasn't to be disappointed.
Dario, one of the Cavaliere family who own the City restaurants, was behind the bar with a big smile to greet us. It was late afternoon, but not yet evening, and so it was a pleasure to find someplace that was serving food. This is not so simple a thing as you might imagine in a small Irish village on a weekday in the middle of Winter. We sat in a window seat by the fire, looking out at one of the prettiest views down over the cliffs to the sea. If you are into views, as most of us are, go upstairs to the bathrooms and the first floor restaurant and get your eyeful of the views of the bay and the ancient Church across the road.
Decor is simple, but Maritime in style.
Service was most pleasant and without delay. The menu is bistro style and simple, with specials of the day displayed on a blackboard.
Favorite Dish: I started with the breaded calamari which was stated on the menu to be served with chilli dip - however, my request for a garlic dip instead was readily met. The squid was just right, the side salad very fresh and crisp, and the garlic butter was made with real butter and fines herbes.
I followed this with a breast of chicken stuffed with chopped chorizo and gorgonzola. The combination of flavours was drool enticing, though the dish was a little dry. The chicken was served over a bed of stir fried mediterranean vegetables, which were moist and would have provided a balance against the dry chicken; however, I am not a lover of peppers in a stir fry so I kept the veg seperate from the chicken.
My companion had the sea bass served with pureed gingered carrots and spinach; this was accompanied with an artful tower of roasted potato chunks. The gingered carrots were to die for.
I skipped dessert and, as I was driving, I also skipped the wine.
This place is to be highly recommended.Related to:
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The Strand: Fresh Seafood
I've been eating here for many many years, but stopped going as I found I loved a neighbouring gastropub more. Today I decided I'd go back and give it a try as they were advertising fresh jumbo prawns in the shell on their specials blackboard.
The pub and its small hotel must surely have the best location in this stunning village - perched, as it is, on a cliff overlooking the strand. The slipway down to the beach is beside the driveway of the hotel. Rain or shine this place is thronged with happy punters - here State Senators wine and dine with the local fishermen in an atmosphere that suits all.
There are both internal and external eating areas, with the outer areas partially covered by gigantic umbrellas and awnings. All dining areas look out onto the stunning nautical view and the little sailboats bobbing in the waters.
Internally there is both a bar area and a lounge area - the bar area being used mainly for playing pool and darts as you drink, the lounge for families and food. The whole place has recently undergone extensive refurbishment while still retaining that nautical feel. Now many original artworks (some for sale) adorn the lounge walls side by side with ships lanterns and other memorabilia. The whole atmosphere is relaxed seaside comfort.
Favorite Dish: As soon as we were seated a waitress appeared by our side and I was impressed with the speed of the service. She took our orders and the drinks appeared almost immdiately. We had a table beside a window overlooking the beach and the sea. In spite of the rain it was lovely.
I ordered the prawns which had drawn me there in the first place. It was advertised at €16 for prawns, sidesalad, and brown bread. My dining companion ordered the seafood pie at €15.95.
Unfortunately the food disappointed. My portion of prawns was generous but there was none of the advertised brown bread and I had to ask for a finger bowl. As the prawns wer warm and luscious with butter I would have expected the finger bowl to be automatic.
My companion's seafood pie was very salty and a mean portion - more like a starter than a main course. It had no potatoe or pastry topping and so was a seafood mornay and not a pie.
All vegetables were extra and that includes chips and potatoes. I would not have expecte that for bar food.
Overall I won't be rushing back.Related to:
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The Spinnaker: Superb Seafood in this Fishing Village
Dunmore East was a village famed for its seafood restaurants, catering mainly to the rich weekend sailors who thronged here at weekends and for the months of July and August.
Then one day almost all of those great restaurants were gone.
Thanks be to the God of Gastronomy, the Spinnaker came along and brought the restaurant life back to this lovely fishing village with great food and a lot less snobbery.
Niall Edmondson bought over the old Anchor bar and set about transforming it into a place everyone would like to eat - casual yet comfortable, the rustic decor will make you feel right at home. Ceilings and walls are covered with maritime hangings and artifacts and it's like eating in a fisherman's kitchen.
The floors are ancient timber and the walls are stone, but the food is fresh and the service prompt.
Favorite Dish: I planned to have just a snack and dine at home, but the menu was so good that I figured I'd eat at home another time:-)
I started with the crab claws in garlic butter. A full dozen fat juicy crab claws arrived on a large plate accompanied by a very fresh mixed leaves salad and three thick cut slices of brown bread. They were so delicious that I let the juicy butter run down my chin and mopped up the leftover juice with the brown bread.
My companion started with tomato and roast red pepper soup - thick and almost pungent, with a very defined taste of roast peppers that was absolutely perfect.
I followed this with the trio of fish - salmon, cod, and seabass; but do they stop at that? No, the plate arrived garnished with two huge fat prawns, a couple of mussels, and more crab claws. The portions of the three fish would each have served as a main course portion on its own. They were perfectly cooked with a sprinkling of sea salt and cracked black pepper. The dish was accompanied with another small dish of chips, which I simply couldn't touch.
This time my companion had corned pork ribs with calcannon, an Irish potato dish consisting of mashed potato and cabbage mixed together. The meat was so well cooked that it was falling off the bones (this is a good sign if you don't know about ribs). This was served with a delicious and creamy parsley sauce.
We didn't have dessert. There simply wasn't room; but the coffee was strong and freshly ground and delicious.
Highly recommended.Related to:
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Dunmore East Nightlife
The Strand Inn: Where Locals and Sailing Set Mix
The Strand Inn has, as long as I can remember, been one of the main hot spots for eating and drinking in Dunmore East.
With its ideal central location just at the top of the slip off the beach, it attracts hoards of holiday makers in the Summer. All year round the place will also be full of locals, mainly fishermen, enjoying a pint of Guinness and a game of pool. In the Summer there is plenty of space to take your drink outside and watch the world go by. This really is the right spot for people watching.
The premises is divided into four parts - a guesthouse, a wonderful seafood restaurant (for which I will write a seperate review), a lounge with lovely views over the sea, and a casual bar which contains a pool table, dart board etc.
Dress Code: Dress whatever way you feel comfortable - you will meet all types here.Related to:
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Dunmore East Transportation
Flights now go direct from Manchester to Waterford, tuesday thursday and sunday. Be aware that on your return journey you have to pay 5 euros at the airport for the use of the airport!!! not many people are aware of this fact. Dont expect any duty free shops or anything like that as there is a little cafe and that is it, even the pilot sat next to me in the cafe for his break before we set off home!!
Dunmore East Warnings and Dangers
When there's a storm over Waterford, Dunmore East usually gets badly hit. This gives rise to very high seas and dangerous waves crashiung over the roads and the clifftops. They look so spectacular that the temptation is to stand close to the cliff edge, the pier, or even on the road by the Strand Inn and take amazing pics. Don't! It's deadly dangerous and people have been swept away by these gigantic seas, never to be seen again.Related to:
Dunmore East Off The Beaten Path
Look Across to Hook
There is a famous saying regarding one of the many invasions of Ireland and it is that Ireland would be captured "By Hook or by Crooke." Crooke is in a village called Passage East in Co. Waterford and Hook is Hook Head in Co. Wexford.
There are many views of Hook Head from Dunmore East, but one of the best is from the finshing boat pier looking from Dunmore's own lighthouse across to the Hook Head lighthouse, as in these pictures.Related to:
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