The Summer Bucket List – Five Must-Try Food Spots to Hit This Summer - The Gloss Magazine

The Summer Bucket List – Five Must-Try Food Spots to Hit This Summer

Whether holidaying at home or simply planning a memorable meal out, these five bucket list food spots scream summertime…

Oh summer, how we have missed you with your (occasional) blue skies and balmy evenings.  In Ireland, these qualities may well be fleeting but as a result, we have learned to appreciate them even more. Whether holidaying at home or simply planning a memorable meal out, these five places scream summer and should be on everyone’s bucket list this season. They are certainly on mine.

The Sea Hare, Clifden

Harbour-side seafood spot The Sea Hare, having once called Cleggan Pier home, has migrated to Clifden’s Alcock and Brown for summer 2022 and we are officially envious. The menu changes daily in line with what’s available but you can be assured that everything on offer will be locally sourced, plucked freshly from the sea, and of the highest quality. The Sea Hare is open for breakfast and lunch with dinner served Thursday – Saturday. Let’s be honest, lobster and pints have never been a bad idea, especially in the west of Ireland on a sunny afternoon.

Rugged Lane, Luttrellstown Castle Resort

So long La Mora, hello Rugged Lane. The new concept restaurant at Luttrellstown Castle Resort opens its doors on July 1 with bookings going live this week. The location is very special and Rugged Lane boasts a stunning terrace with dramatic, sweeping views over the Strawberry Beds and the Liffey Valley, perfect for summer dining. The six-course tasting menu will focus on sustainability and seasonal produce and cost €59 per person. Complimentary still or sparkling water is a nice touch, with wine pairings also available. Poached rhubarb with whipped white chocolate and rose syrup will taste even more memorable on a terrace at sunset, perched high above the valley of wooded hills below, yet just a few miles from the city centre.

Allta Summer Rooftop, Trinity Car Park, Dame Street

Last summer, the Allta Summer pop up in Slane was the hottest ticket in town, but for 2022, the Allta Summer Rooftop is where it’s at. There is a choice of two perfectly formed menus, the feasting menu at €69 and the tasting menu at €95. Dinner is served Wednesday to Saturday, with lunch also available on Saturdays. Sundays are dedicated to rooftop pop ups, the most recent being Reggie’s pizza parties with pizza, wine, cocktails and music. What more could you ask for?

Native Seafood and Scran, Portstewart

Understandable frustration is what led to the birth of Native Seafood and Scram in Portstewart – the frustration of living on the North Coast of Ireland and not having direct access to the abundance of incredible local seafood! As I said, understandable. Me, I would have probably just complained a lot but owners Rebekah and Stevie took the opportunity and created Native Seafood and Scran to fill that void. Today, they have morphed the business into a seafood lover’s paradise with a takeaway, a seafood restaurant and a fresh fish counter bursting with local, seasonal ingredients. The waterside location and the BYO policy is the icing on the cake. This is summer dining at its very best.

Camus Farm Field Kitchen, West Cork

A banquet of seasonal produce found on a farm in West Cork – almost too good to be true! Dinner at Camus Farm Field Kitchen is a laidback-but-high-quality affair, with picnic benches aplenty to enjoy the five-course meal priced at €59. The ‘summer feasts’ menu is like reading the top ten list of best natural summer delights, offering simple but perfect dishes such as a salad of little gem, scallions, fried bread and pecorino with buttermilk dressing. Camus Farm showcases the very best of local produce.

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