Last week we went for a family meal to Eithna’s by the Sea in Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo. It’s quite rare for the four of us to go out together so it was extra special. Eithna’s is an award-winning seafood restaurant located right opposite Mullaghmore Harbour. The restaurant has recently been refurbished and is bright and airy. There staff are friendly and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble and we were shown to our table upstairs over-looking the harbour.
Andy and I had a fish tasting plate. I’m using a photo I took of the fabulous fish platter though, it really looks like a work of art. The food at Eithna’s by the sea is all produce and sourced locally; organic vegetables come from Aidan Gillen at the Tattie Hoaker Community Organic Farm in Cliffoney, fresh fish from mackerel and hake to squid, clams and mussels come from the Mullaghmore fishing boats daily and the lobsters come from the lobster pond beside the restaurant.
The fresh flowers that adorn the restaurant are also grown locally at Sligo Garden Flowers. There are also some lovely products that you can buy including organic vegetable and Eithna’s homemade jam (which is delicious!) You’ll also find the Irish Seaweed Kitchen books by Prannie Rhatigan for sale. Now back to the food…
Jono had fish that was served with fab potato wedges and homemade tartare sauce and if you aren’t a fish lover there are plenty of other options Lucy had a steak sandwich (the meat comes from Burn’s butchers, Cliffoney), the sandwich was served with Eithna’s red onion marmalade and was delicious.
Now for dessert. Lucy and Jono were too full up for anything else but Andy and I couldn’t resist trying one of the fabulous desserts. I had Chocolate & Nori (seaweed) Meringue Swirl with fruit compote and cream, it was amazing, I’m hungry again just writing this blog post!
Andy had Eithna’s Apple Tart, with a hint of cinnamon & cream, when I stopped taking photos long enough for him to eat it! What was a really lovely touch was that when Eithna is at the restaurant she takes time to go and chat to people when they are dining with her.
Not only is the food amazing the exterior is something else, the theme of the sea is carried throughout the whole restaurant. A trip to Mullaghmore wouldn’t be right without a visit to Eithna’s By The Sea. Don’t just take my word for it, go along and see for yourself.
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