I made the mistake of telling a guest from Australia that the King Sitric was one of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland, and he took my wife and me there, along with his new fiance, our daughter. The downstairs reception area was comfortable, but cold. The upstairs dining room had a bit of a buzz and was comfortable though bordering on the dowdy. We had a nice table at the window, at which we ate extremely expensive, and in some cases very poor food. Crab mayonnaise that had no hint that it came from the sea, and tasteless monkfish, that needed a steak knife to cut it, were accompanied by unimaginative and poorly cooked vegetables. Our visitor was pleased with his lobster I think (he is very polite), and my daughter enjoyed her prawns.
Since our visitors were celebrating their engagement, and returning home two days later , we chose not to complain.
Had the cooking been top class, this would have been a very expensive meal, but it was very poor by any standard and a lot of the food should never have left the kitchen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1971, Aidan and Joan MacManus have earned an international reputation for fresh seafood in their harbour-side restaurant in the picturesque fishing village of Howth. In 1999, they extensively rebuilt their old Harbour Master's house, relocating the restaurant to the first floor with panoramic seaviews, and adding eight guest bedrooms. All the bedrooms are named after Lighthouses and have sea-views. DINING Fresh fish landed daily on Howth Pier, oysters and mussels from the west, lobster caught by our own fishermen in Balscadden Bay are among our specialities. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in our East Cafe Bar while choosing your wine from our outstanding Wine List. National Hospitality Awards Best Seafood Restaurant 2014. We are situated in the golfing heartland of North County Dublin and for sailors Howth Marina is three minutes walk. Enjoy a gentle stroll on the Pier before breakfast or a more energetic hike on the unspoilt Cliff Path and the trails of Howth Head. For business, shopping or sightseeing, Dublin City is only 25 minutes by Dart. Dublin Airport 25 minutes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- King Sitric Howth
- King Sitric Hotel Howth