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The Governor Rocks

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1 euro Serious About Seafood
Address:
The Governor Rocks
27 The Parade, Donaghadee Co Down , BT21 0HE
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Jason More’s friendly shabby chic bistro is just the place to enjoy some great fish cooking - and at a great price too
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Seafood
  • Atmospheric
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Informal
  • Sunday Dining

The Governor Rocks

An outpost of the well known Belfast city centre restaurant CoCo, Jason More’s friendly shabby chic bistro is going down a storm with local diners and this place has also become another popular Donaghadee destination for seafood lovers out from the city to enjoy some good fish cooking at a great price.


The mixum gatherum of old furniture may not be to everyone’s taste, but the prices for this flavoursome food certainly should be.


Who could fail to be delighted by a flat rate of £5 for starters on the daily-changing menu, with variations on fish like mackerel and herring featuring strongly but also the likes of prawn cocktail and salt & pepper squid - only treats like smoked salmon and dressed crab shift the pricing up a gear which is fair enough.


And main courses take a similar route, with most dishes - including a sirloin steak for trenchant carnivores - at just £10, with supplements on lobster (half/whole, £12.50/21.50) and perhaps fish like monkfish and lemon sole with Portavogie prawns.


The cooking has finesse but the style is unpretentious, veering more towards the homely comfort food end of the spectrum rather than fine dining with lobster, for example, served matter-of-factly with garlic butter, salad and chips - none of your thermidors around here.


And the same egalitarian tone extends to drinks - some wines are available, but BYO with only a modest corkage charge is one of the big attractions of a meal here.


Desserts are all a fiver too, only the Irish cheeseboard costs more (and only £1.50 at that) so you can finish off with something as delicious as strawberries with clotted cream and meringue, or honey pannacotta with langue de chat biscuits, and still spend only £20 a head for a great three course meal.


But do remember to bring cash - the no credit cards policy is another way of keeping costs down, but it does come as a shock these days.

Open Mon-Sat 12-3 & 5.30-9.30, Sun 12-9.30. A la carte. BYO (corkage £3 for wine, 50p for beer; off-licence nearby). No Credit Cards. abbreviations
Last Updated: 29-06-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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