WICK­LOW

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OCEAN BAR AND GRILL

Strand Road, Bray, Co Wick­low, 01-286 5071, ocean­barand­grill.ie ¤¤ Housed in a large build­ing over­look­ing the Bray seafront, Ocean avoids feel­ing too cav­ernous with ex­posed brick walls and warm-coloured fur­ni­ture.

There are some nice booths along­side the back wall, a wood-burning stove and the sep­a­rate White Room – which has a strong nau­ti­cal theme )no short­age of an­chor mo­tifs, shells and light­houses) is avail­able for pri­vate hire. Once this never-end­ing win­ter passes, the front ter­race gives great views out to sea (ig­nore the car park be­low).

Break­fast is served on week­ends only, and has a limited menu. Bet­ter to or­der from the lunch menu, which has a stan­dard ¤6.95 for all starters (such as chow­der with brown soda bread or Tiger prawn and crab risotto cake with rocket and salsa), and ¤5.75 for desserts (sticky tof­fee pud­ding with butterscotch sauce and ice cream, or choco­late and hazelnut panna cotta).

There’s typ­i­cal grill of­fer­ings, such as steaks and seafood; the burg­ers are large (the kind that need a steak knife to hold them to­gether), while chips are the fat, fluffy kind, served in a mini deep-fryer bas­ket.

There’s a theatre and din­ner deal with nearby Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre where you can get a ticket to se­lected shows plus two- or three-course pre-theatre meal and glass of wine for ¤32/¤38. (the Al­biez Trio plays to­mor­row night). There’s a two-course meal for ¤24 from 5pm and the kids’ meal, while of the gou­jon, lasagne, sausage and chip va­ri­ety, is just ¤6.95 with a dessert and drink.

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