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Quay Cottage Restaurant

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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
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Quay Cottage Restaurant
The Harbour, Westport Co Mayo
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The cooking is impressive, showcasing the best of local ingredients with French flair - and this, together with warm hospitality and the charm of Quay Cottage itself, make for a magic combination. And it’s putting Quay Cottage firmly back on the Westport culinary map again
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Waterside
  • Open New Year
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Private Parties
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary International
  • French (Modern)
  • Game (in season)
  • Seafood
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Informal
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Party Venue
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Quay Cottage Restaurant

Run by the original owner, Kirstin McDonagh, together with a previous manager, Pascale Soual, and chef Michel Nagy, a native of Paris, this atmospheric restaurant on Westport harbour's charming quayside is once again a key destination for diners in the Westport area.


The exterior is as cute as ever, and the restaurant itself remains the same, with three open rooms including the bar/reception area and a long room at the back leading out to a patio area. With exposed rafters and beams, nets, lamps, lobster pots, sailing charts and a large ships wheel adorning the walls, a nautical theme is maintained throughout – and tables continue the informal style, some with patterned oil-cloths, others with a combination of blue and white linen, all laid with good quality cutlery and glasses.


All this, plus a couple of (gas) fires, discreet lighting and candles, creates an atmospheric dining space - and friendly and helpful staff, a mixture of local and French, add to the congenial ambience, quickly bringing menus, bread, water and explaining the dishes and daily specials.


A choice of ten starters, including the day’s specials, includes soup, a seafood taster platter for two, steamed mussels, fishcakes, duck confit and an excellent spicy tomato based chowder, full of fish, mussels and clams – a dish which, alone, is good enough to warrant a visit.


Eight of the dozen or so main courses offered are fish, including treats like black sole on the bone, monkfish medallions rolled in smoked bacon, sea-bass fillets, hake, cod, and Clare Island organic salmon, while carnivores should be well pleased with choices such as barbary duck breast, rib-eye steak and a very well cooked melt in the mouth roast belly of pork with black pudding from Kelly's of Newport. These appealing dishes are well priced too, from about €13 for a vegetarian option such as a wild mushroom risotto, to luxurious choices like the black sole at around €27.


Desserts, all home-made, include classic favourites like chocolate mousse, crème brulée, tiramisu and an interesting orange steamed pudding.


A well-priced wine list offers value in a selection of 18 wines from around the world, with four house wines at around €19, another dozen under €25 and five available by the glass.


The cooking is impressive, showcasing the best of local ingredients with French flair - and this, together with warm hospitality and the charm of Quay Cottage itself, make for a magic combination. And it has put Quay Cottage firmly back on the Westport culinary map again.

Seats 80. D 6-10pm. Children welcome (high chair). Closed Sun (& Mon off season); Christmas & January. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 06-03-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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