Ballycotton: Bites And Boat.
Very enjoyable visit today to the Seafood and Shanty Festival on the pier at Ballycotton. We got there early, just in time to catch the boat for a trip around the lighthouse island. The lighthouse staff, now long gone from the island, used keep goats. There are seven up there now, up with the gulls. The building under the lighthouse, in the picture below, was the last building and such an improvement on the previous quarters that it became known as the Ballycotton Hilton. Great trip for a fiver.
Back on dry land, it was time for lunch and quite a choice around the pier. Some inviting things as you might expect on the Ballymaloe Cookery School stall and we started with some of their chicken liver pate and some smoked salmon, both on brown bread. Main course was the Fish and Chips by local restaurant Pier 26, great value at six euro. Also got some sushi for later on this evening from Okawari. Dessert would have to wait a while and mine came in the shape of a slice of Plum and Pistachio Cake when we called to meet friends at the lovely SPP cafe in nearby Shanagarry. There was also the small matter of a carton of Wexford strawberries from a roadside stall in Midleton!
Had been thinking that there might be traffic problems in and out of the village. But the folks down there know their business and, with their directions and just a little patience, we had no problem at all, either on the way in or out. Well done to all behind the festival, a big thumbs up from this quarter.
|Goats and Gulls on the lighthouse island|
|Ballycotton Island, the side facing the sea.|
|Bill Casey's smoked salmon presented by|
Ballymaloe Cookery School
|Fish & Chips by Pier 26|
|Watch out for these|
at Wilton Market
|Rachel Allen has had more impressive sets.|
But she herself was impressive as always,
tossing away a couple of bad avocados in her stride.
|Pistachio and Plum cake at the|
delightful Stephen Pearce Potter Cafe, SPP Cafe in Shanagarry