The Long Dock, Clare: A lunch not to be missed
A drive around the Loop Head Peninsula is a must during a visit to Clare. This scenic road trip, which is a part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way, takes you through some quaint little villages, stunning cliffs and sea stacks.
When you get to Carrigaholt, don't just drive through; stop at The Long Dock and make it your lunch spot. Don't be misled by its appearance: this traditional Irish pub hosts an award-winning restaurant which has gained a strong reputation over the years from locals and visitors alike.
While the menu caters for everyone, the emphasis is put on locally-sourced seafood, which is made clear by a sign over the bar mentioning the suppliers for the crab, mussels or oysters. While the menu sounded very tempting, we all went for the specials of the day, the crab salad and the crab tart.
The crab salad boasted a generous amount of delicious crab claws, with a healthy portion of pink sauce. The leaves and cherry tomatoes certainly didn't come from a bag, which doesn't happen that often, and the crab claws couldn't have been fresher and tastier.
The surprise came from the crab tart, which in fairness could have been a hit or miss. The pastry was undoubtedly homemade and the filling was rich in crab flesh, with a hint of mustard adding some welcome depth of flavour. The side salad came with a lovely dressing and made for an utterly satisfying plate. For respectively €11 and €12, these two delightful dishes made us want to come back for more.
Before hitting the road again, we ventured at the back of the pub to visit the shop, where you can buy some local and homemade goodies, such as rapeseed oil, homemade dressings or spreads. We all felt like having something sweet and tried the homemade sorbets and ice creams; I went for lemon curd and raspberries, both really rich in fruits and deliciously indulgent. If we needed a confirmation, we got it, this place is not only worth a stop during a Loop Head drive, it's worth a trip on its own!