This is the stunning setting of The Boathouse Bistro at Dromquinna Manor in Kenmare. Dromquinna has many strings to its bow…40 acres of waterside parkland planted, a manor house dating from the 1890s, luxury camping (or glamping!), private event and dining space as well as the restaurant, The Boathouse Bistro. The boathouse itself dates from the 1800s and is a beautiful building.
On a very rainy, grey and dreary lunchtime we drove into Dromquinna, and along the winding road to The Boathouse Bistro. It was a day of all seasons, arriving in a gale and the greyest of skies … and by the time we had finished lunch and were leaving it was blue sky and bright sunshine!
Inside The Boathouse Bistro is everything you would imagine it to be – Nautical, lots of blues and white, painted wood & stripes. I loved the simplicity of it and we were lucky to get a lovely table right at the window looking out over the terrace to the water.
The menu is (obviously!) very focused on fish & seafood but there are lots of other options too… There’s also a fantastic gin menu, with a vast selection of gins – it was lunchtime when we visited so we skipped the gin and enjoyed a glass of wine instead.
To start I had Kenmare Bay Seafood Chowder (€7.95) – which was described as ‘wild atlantic seafood, garden pea’ – the best chowder I’ve had, the freshest fish, a really nice variety and beautiful flavours … sensational!
He had the smoked salmon, gin cured (€10.95). While it was a great dish, there wasn’t any flavour or sense of the gin curing but that aside it was good. It looked incredibly pretty on the plate too…
His Fish & Chips (€13.95) main was superb… those chips (I had a taste!) were out of this world… and flaky white fish encased in a perfect beer batter.
I had the crab claws – which were on the menu as a starter (€11.95) or main (€22.95), I just had the starter size as I knew the chowder would be quite filling. Served with a garlic, lime and sweet chilli butter – the crab claws were very tasty, the chilli butter really worked well with the crab.
Much too full for anything sweet, we finished with a couple of espressos to set us on our way for the afternoon.
The views and setting is exquisite, helped by wonderful simple yet great food at the bistro. A fantastic spot to spend a few hours in the day if you’re nearby and somewhere we will definitely return to.
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