The Cur­ragower Pub

Clancy’s Strand, Lim­er­ick 061-321788 cur­ ¤

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

Look­ing out onto the River Shan­non, across the wa­ter from St John’ s Cas­tle, is the Cur­ragower Bar and Res­tau­rant. Along with his busi­ness part­ner Brian Mur­phy, Cian Bourke in­her­ited the bar in 2008. Un­der their watch, the Curr ago we rh as be­come renowned for its food of­fer­ing, get­ting nods from Mc Ken­nas’ Guides, Ge­orgina Camp­bell and the Ir­ish Res­tau­rant Awards, among others. Cur rag ow er chef Barry Hayes has a se­lec­tion of gourmet sand­wiches, sal­ads, soup sand special son of­fer for lunchtime, while an ex­tended menu is of­fered at dinner time that in­cludes dishes such as the Cur­ragower Falls Burger and Din­gle Bay Crab Claws.

Alo­cal tells me that the seafood chowder (¤7.50) is a must, an­dit lives up to the hype. Pink pieces of salmon, plump mus­sels from Doolin and chunks of spuds lie within the ex­cel­lent creamy soup base. It’s a gen­er­ous por­tion, served with two slices of good home­made brown bread. A bowl of fat, golden chips(¤3.50) make a great tool for chowder dip­ping. The club salad(¤11.90) im­presses, too. This large plate of crunchy salad leaves is topped with strips of salty ba­con and toasted crou­tons. Shred­ded chunks of moist chicken soak upa smoked tomato dress­ing, while a hard-boiled egg makes this a sal­ady our Granny would be proud to serve. I’m not sur­prised that this pub has been win­ning awards. It’s the un­der­stated at­ten­tion to de­tail that re­ally catches my eye. The Cur­ragower is most cer­tainly a spotto pu­ton your to-visit list.

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