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Eithna's by the Sea

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2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Eithna's by the Sea
The Harbour, Mullaghmore Co Sligo
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Tel: +353 86 851 5607

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Eithna is back! A favourite destination for seafood lovers for many a year, fans distraught by her long absence from the harbour front will be delighted to find her old premises teeming with life and good food once more
  • Location - By the sea
  • Seafood
  • Atmospheric
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Informal
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Serious About Seafood
  • Sunday Dining

Eithna's by the Sea

Eithna is back! A favourite destination for seafood lovers for many a year, fans distraught by Eithna O’Sullivan’s absence will be delighted to find her old premises on the harbour is teeming with life and her good food once more. And you certainly can’t miss it, as it’s there big and bold - Eithna's By the Sea attractively painted on the front wall in her trademark style.

And her time away was well spent, passing on her culinary skills through cookery courses - and also going ‘back to schoool’ herself and completing a thesis on Seaweed As An Artisan Food Product, a fascinating subject which has not only inspired many deliciously practical applications on the menu here (a seaweed tasting plate is in the making for next season) but also a successful product range of pestos, made with local and seasonal land and sea vegetables, which are used in the kitchen - in breads and desserts, for example, and as accompaniments - and for sale.

Whether sitting in the atmospheric restaurant (complete with fresh flowers on the tables) or outside, what a delightful place to enjoy a lovely light meal: open seafood salad on brown bread with dressed salad, perhaps, or half lobster with mayonnaise and dressed salad - or grilled mackerel with seaweed pesto. Finger bowls are provided, and everything is delicious, including the freshly baked breads, superb organic leaves and beautiful salad dressing.

The simple style, sure handed cooking and attention to detail allow the flavours, colours and textures of top quality ingredients to take centre stage - and, although many people travel especially for the lobster, which may not not always be available, there are plenty of other delicious things to choose from.

The day menu (plus blackboard specials) offers plenty of affordable choices too - lovely open sandwiches, for example, with seafood, chicken, goat cheese, or unusually, lentil dhal, served on brown bread with leaves and fresh pesto. There’s a good chowder and a soup of the day - for a quick bite, a cup of soup and half an open sandwich makes a inexpensive option, or you could just have a cup of coffee and homemade scones with home made forest fruits jam.

Yummy desserts too, notably the great tarts that have always been a speciality of Eithna's - chocolate, peach and almond tart, for example, or classic lemon or apple.

Many diners will assume that Eithna's is just a little ground floor café, but there is also a first floor dining room - with lovely views - seating about 24, which is used when they are open in the evening and for groups. 

2013 was Eithna's first season back in Mullaghmore after quite a gap but it went well, so a landline, credit card machine and Wifi are all planned.

Eithna is also available for outside catering, and her range of pestos (including some with seaweeds) is available for purchase here and from some speciality shops in the area.

Open daily in summer, 10-5, D Sat and other evenings if booked. Off season, open weekends 'as long as there is demand'. No Credit Cards. abbreviations
Last Updated: 06-03-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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