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“Worth the Journey”

The Heron's Cove Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Goleen
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed May 14, 2013

While there may be some local traffic, especially for lunch, Goleen is off the beaten path. If you decide to have dinner here, the odds are you will be booking a room. The restaurant and the B&B rooms are nothing fancy, but the character is genuine, reflecting the owner's taste. The knotty pine furniture, almost every horizontal surface being covered with Ms. Hill's china/crockery collection may or may not be your choice of decor. Still, the critical test is what comes out of the kitchen. That is primarily local seafood. Our baked salmon could not have been better.

This restaurant is part of the heart and soul of this little village. It keeps seven or eight local women working, and they do so with grace and dedication. As one expects in Ireland, the welcome is warm and genuine. In terms of value, variety and honest straight forward cooking, this is a little gem. There is a pretty decent selection of wines on the back wall. You pick one, and it goes to your table.

There is a peaceful view over the local inlet. One could call it romantic if your spouse or significant other was willing to come this far with you!

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Have visited this restaurant a number of times and it is always a wonderful experience. Visited a couple of weeks ago again and was not disappointed. While it was sad to see so many empty tables the quality of the welcome, the food and the service is as good as ever. It was also lovely to see the heron out in the cove.It was only at the end of the main course that we realised we never even used the salt or pepper. A delightful meal from start to finish and the wine, which our lovely waitress chose, was perfect. I'm already looking forward to our next visit.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We Loved it.

Nice welcome. fabulous spacious attic room with little balcony overlooking inlet. Fantastic views, wonderful peace and great comfort. Loads of room for a family of four.

The food in the restuarant both dinner and breakfast was excellent. Scallops magnificent. I did have one gripe here. THe kids food at dinner time is awful. Its not that hard to do reasonable healthy wholesome food for kids. To serve them muck when the rest is so good is astonishing to me. The wine impressive but expensive. A tolerable inexpensive house wine would have been nice. Dont think thats too much to ask of any restuarant.

The village itself is tiny, a little sad but fun. The pubs are an education in rural living specially off season. Another positive is that you are in striking distance of Mizen , the beautiful barleycove beach and the enchanting little village crookhaven. Wonderful, have a pint and a fresh crab sandwhich in sullivans while your there. Go off season to really enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the place.

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Thank navaccia
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Ate here recently after a recommendation by a friend. We showed up with no booking on the off-chance and were told that was no problem but dinner didn't start til 7 (half an hour) so were welcome to wait at the fire, which we did, there was a TV showing a film. We went for the four course set menu as it seemed the best value (27.50euro). I had goats cheese bruschetta, which was gorgeous, followed by very delicious salmon, sticky toffee pudding and coffee. All the food was delicious and just the right size of portions. The decor is a little random, but I think it comes from being a multi-purpose room i.e. breakfast room for the B&B etc. It was maybe a little bit on the chilly side for my liking, and it was just a shame it was winter because I'm sure the view out the windows is beautiful in the summer. The woman serving us was very friendly and showed us postcards of the view in the daytime. I would definitely eat there again

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Thank travellingcat79
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

We have eaten here twice with a long gap of some years between the visits. On our first visit we felt the decor was unnattractive and very down market (a bit 70s cafe-like) with food both underwhelming and overpriced. On our second, recent, visit we were rather astonished to see that the decor was unchanged. The place needs a serious make-over, and an awareness of the kind of value currently on offer in the restaurant business would also help. While the service was courteous and efficient, it was a very disappointing experience.

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Thank Peter L
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