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Friday, June 14, 2013
Supreme of Food at the Cove and superb Kinnegar Ales
John Dory at The Cove
We enjoyed the best of food this evening in the Cove at Port
na Blagh. And the beer, all ales by the local Kinnegar Brewery, weren’t half
Peter and Siobhan’s Cove is a well respected restaurant in
these parts and we were shown why this evening. Made our choices in the very comfortable
And here I was delighted to see the Kinnegar selection on
the menu. During the evening, worked my way through the ales, the Limeburner
Pale Ale, the Scraggy Bay India Pale Ale and the Devil’s Backbone Amber Ale.
Thought all three were excellent. My
number one went to the IPA while CL picked the Limeburner.
The food was something else. CL enjoyed, without reservation,
her Donegal Crab and Smoked Salmon
Paupiettes while my Roasted Fresh Figs, filled with Cashel Blue cheese and
Parma ham, was an exquisite dish.
Good food policy!
My lips just lick themselves once I think of my mains:
Classic Cassoulet, a rich casserole of confit duck, Toulouse sausage, smoked bacon
and Cannellini beans, slow cooked in red wine. C’est super! And CL’s was
delicate and gorgeous. It was one of the Fish of the Day specials: John Dory
with lightly curried leeks. Both came with a choice of side dishes.
Not too much room for desert but we did share the Chocolate
Pot with Raspberries with which I sipped a Macchiato. There is a long summer
ahead. So do get to the Cove if you can at all. Highly recommended!
With a decision made to return to Donegal and check out the
southern half, there was no need to go long distance today. But we did head over
the Mulroy Bay Bridge for a second time to drive a small stretch of the Fanad
peninsula that we had missed. Main town on the way was Kerrykeel (also spelt Carrowkeel).
Amazing how much fish-farming is going on in the waters of the bay.
Headed back to Carrigart and had a lovely coffee break at Caife
na Sráide, run by the McClaffertys. There is a welcoming warm atmosphere and a
menu to suit all ages and outdoor seating if the weather is kind. The village
also boasts a smashing little public park down by the water.
So an easy going day ahead of check out tomorrow morning.
But which bed to sleep in? The box bed by the Aga or the 4 Poster upstairs?