There is simply nothing like dining on the seafront, looking out over the waters from which the local seafood was sourced. From sea to plate – you cannot get any fresher than the food served along the sea louth scenic seafood trail! With over forty restaurants to choose from on the new sea louth trail, diners really are spoilt for choice.
Where best to enjoy sea views while eating out in County Louth?
1. A ‘destination restaurant’, The Glyde Inn in Annagassan sits directly on the beachfront. Established in the 1770s, the traditional pub and restaurant retains an old-world charm, whilst looking out over the Dundalk Bay beyond to the Cooley and Mourne Mountains. It is little wonder The Glyde Inn has picked up numerous awards and accolades over the years, including National Pub of the Year and Irish Food Pub of the Year at the Irish Pub Awards in 2018, and National Geographic World’s Best Places to Eat 2019. Enjoy seafood straight off the boat, included Annagassan razor clams, crab claws, cockles and mussels.
2. The Clermont in Blackrock is almost unrecognisable, following a snazzy new ‘modern cool’ refit. One constant that remains, is the prime location on Blackrock promenade. Whilst the outdoor dining area and bistro are located to the rear of the property, the swanky The Chairman’s Room on the 1st floor has views to die for and an equally impressive menu, focussed on the finest and the freshest local ingredients. The venue’s art collection is a real talking point, too.
3. Though not a restaurant, the Fisherman’s Catch fish & chip van at Port Oriel, Clogherhead, has become a destination in its own right. The perfect fuelling (or re-fuelling) point if you are enjoying the Clogherhead headland walk, the van serves probably the best fish and chips in Ireland directly on the seafront overlooking the very boats that have landed the fish. The venue encapsulates what the sea louth scenic seafood trail is all about – the freshest ingredients with the most beautiful sea views.
4. The Brake Tavern in Blackrock has been a fixture in the charming seafront village for almost 50 years, and it’s classics such as crab claws in garlic butter and homemade scampi, done simply but done well, that have ensured its place as a future sea louth favourite.
5. Just a few doors down, The Stonehouse offers a casual dining experience which caters for all – in addition to fresh local seafood dishes, diners can avail of the atmospheric cocktail and whiskey lounge, as well as a private dining area which can be booked for events. After your meal enjoy a stroll along the promenade and the breath-taking views out over Dundalk Bay and the Cooley Peninsula to the north and Annagassan in the south.
Don’t forget to order a delicious fresh local seafood dish and keep your receipt, which will count towards your sea louth passport restaurant stamp. Two restaurant stamps are required to complete you passport, as well as 10 of the 14 coastal scenic viewpoint stamps.
Image: The Brake Tavern Blackrock, County Louth.
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