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ALDRIDGE LODGE

Dun­can­non, New Ross Tel: (051) 389 116 aldridgelo­dge.com

Grilled Hook Head Lob­ster with Pomme Duchesse, Lob­ster Bisque & Pan Juices and Roast Loin of Wild Veni­son with Hazel­nuts, Onion Mar­malade, For­est Mush­rooms & Port Wine

Jus are two of the rea­sons why Billy Whitty and Joanne Hard­ing have bagged them­selves a Miche­lin Bib Gour­mand. Lo­cated in a post­card per­fect fish­ing vil­lage, there are comfy dou­ble­rooms if you fancy sam­pling their ex­cel­lent Full Ir­ish.

Best Dish: Pan-Fried Fil­let of Kil­more Monk­fish with Sam­phire, Wild Herbs and To­mato & Fen­nel Cream - as part of the € 40 Four-Course Din­ner Menu

DUNBRODY COUN­TRY HOUSE

Mer­sheen, Arthurstow­n, New Ross, Co. Wex­ford Tel: (051) 389 600 dun­brody­house.com

Kevin Dun­don’s el­e­gant Ge­or­gian coun­try house is set in a sprawl­ing 20-acre es­tate, of­fer­ing plenty of space to roam and work up an ap­petite. If you’re stay­ing over then you’ll en­joy one of the most im­pres­sive buf­fet breakfasts imag­in­able. For din­ner, there’s a spec­tac­u­lar Eight-Course Tast­ing Menu for € 80. If you pre­fer a lighter op­tion, then Dun­don’s Seafood Bar menu is for you. All of the food is de­liv­ered with great panache by one of Ire­land’s most renowned chefs who also brews a mean craft beer.

Best Dish: Caramelise­d Dun­more East Scal­lops & Creamed Sweet­corn with Mus­tard­cress & Truf­fle Shav­ings – as part of the € 80 Tast­ing Menu

LA CÔTE

Cus­tom House Quay, Wex­ford Tel: (053) 912 2122 la­cote.ie

An in­ti­mate, fine din­ing restau­rant that of­fers a re­laxed culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence on the seafront in Wex­ford town. Chef Paul Hynes and his wife Ed­wina com­bine the fresh­est of lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents to cre­ate fish and meat dishes that evolve through the sea­sons.

Best Dish: Torched Kil­more Cod with Cele­riac Puree, Salt Cod Bran­dade, Ard Mhacha Shi­itake Mush­rooms Dashi & Sheep Sor­rel - € 24.50

MARLFIELD HOUSE

Cour­town Road, Gorey Tel: (053) 942 1124

Marlfield House has long been es­tab­lished as one of Ire­land’s finest din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. The Con­ser­va­tory Restau­rant – presided over by su­peremely talented lo­cal chef Ruad­han Fur­long – has con­sis­tently been an award­win­ner for its hugely ac­com­plished French cui­sine with a Mediter­ranean in­flu­ence. We es­pe­cially like the Grilled Tur­bot with White Bean, Crab & Gubeen Chorizo. There’s a great, wide-rang­ing wine-list too, which is full of re­ally ex­cel­lent la­bels like the great Le­banese, Chateau Musar.

Best Dish: Kil­more Quay Pan-Fried Fish of the Day with Lemon, Herb But­ter, Skinny Fries & Side Salad – € 14 Strand Road, Ross­lare Tel: (053) 913 2668 wildand­na­tive.ie

While the Sleeda Farm Lamb Kidneys with Sautéed Shal­lots, Mush­rooms and Whiskey Cream are al­ways worth a punt, it’s the fresh fish and seafood that have made us fall in love with Fear­gal Dempsey’s homely sea­side café. The Ross­lare Crab Cock­tail comes with a gen­er­ous glug of sherry and is guar­an­teed to blow you away as com­pre­hen­sively as the Ir­ish Sea breezes out­side.

Best Dish: Monk Fish with a To­mato, Black Olive & Ca­per Sauce – € 29.50

FIREHOUSE BAK­ERY: Sweet as a dough­nut

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