THE LONG DOCK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT - LM

Car­ri­ga­holt, Co Clare 00-789432

The Long Dock is a gem at the heart of Loop Head and the per­fect stop­ping-off point en route to climb the light­house over Clare’s spec­tac­u­lar cliffs. As you’d hope in this part of the world (but not al­ways find), the seafood se­lec­tion is spec­tac­u­lar.

One a re­cent visit we got stuck into a mas­sive bowl of mussels in a de­li­cious wine and gar­lic sauce (€9.95); great, meaty crab claws (€13.95); a surf and turf that de­liv­ered loads of flavour and great value at €19.95; and a rich, creamy seafood pie hid­ing be­neath a pil­lowy mash top (€14.95).

The daily spe­cials are much more ad­ven­tur­ous than we were on this visit. The cosy bar set­ting and roar­ing fire was the per­fect an­ti­dote to one of those early sum­mer days that de­liv­ered all four sea­sons in one. This is one worth mak­ing a lengthy de­tour for.

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