Bringing the Best Flavours to the Plate
Enjoy Irish Ingredients Conscientiously Sourced
The Strand Cahore is a long-held dream realised for proprietors Aileen and Patrick Hanley. This stunning eatery sits atop a hill facing out towards the great Irish Sea, just outside the quiet seaside village of Ballygarrett, Co. Wexford.
Aileen and Patrick, having both gained extensive experience in the food and hospitality industry had spent 5 years looking for the perfect location and property to realise their dream of opening their own establishment. Constant searches kept bringing their attention back to a pub located on Cahore Pier, that had a lot of potential. Aileen and Patrick trusted their intuition and took over the business in January 2018. Having been based in Co. Kerry, the couple moved their family to Wexford to begin their new and exciting endeavour. Thus, The Strand Cahore came to be.
It’s Aileen and Patrick’s experience in the food and hospitality industry that makes a dining experience at The Strand Cahore exceptional. Putting their hotelier stamp on the place, visitors are greeted with a display of fresh flowers in the entry and a warm and personable welcome. It’s those small yet thoughtful touches that are important and keep visitors coming back for more. The decor and ambiance of The Strand Cahore is influenced by that of a traditional Irish Pub, inviting locals or passers-by to sit back and relax in comfort with a good pint or glass of wine while they enjoy a meal of delicious local fayre.
When talking with the couple, you cannot help but be wowed by their passion and enthusiasm for showcasing the best Irish food in their cosy pub. They place their food offering at the heart of their operation. Aileen has undertaken extensive cookery courses to further her knowledge all things food related. During her studies she took to heart some advice given to her by renowned Chef John Desmond which encouraged the use of a maximum of 7 ingredients per dish. Moreover, both Aileen and Patrick believe in the power of food in evoking pleasant memories and nostalgia from home. Both these sentiments motivate and influence the food offering at The Strand Cahore.
So, what can visitors expect from a meal at The Strand Cahore? Aileen and Patrick are dedicated to bringing the best flavours to the plate and so have scoured the country for great tasting ingredients. These include a wonderful herb crusted Rack of Kerry Lamb. Kerry Lamb graze on heather and grasses giving an irresistible flavour, resulting in a simple yet carefully constructed dish that goes back to basics and goes down a treat with diners.
Fellow Wexford based Good Food Ireland awarded member and Water Buffalo Farmer, Macamore Buffalo also features on the menu. Macamore Buffalo Burgers are served up with Knockanore Cheese and a homemade apple and raisin chutney, accompanied by boiled baby potatoes. This widely favourite burger dish is given a distinctive twist with a mouth-watering taste.
It would go without saying due to their seaside location that seafood also has special place on the menu at The Strand Cahore. People come from near and far for their delicious Castletownbere Crab dishes while locally caught Kilmore Dover Sole also features on the menu.
Sweet treats such as an irresistible organic chocolate pot with shortbread or a fresh fruit trifle are just the things to finish off a meal expertly prepared by the team at The Strand Cahore.
A strong kitchen team has also attributed to the success of The Strand Cahore. Each chef brings their own flair and expertise that results in harmonious and balanced flavours in each and every dish. Everything on the menu is made from scratch including the first in the country, stock made from Macamore Buffalo.
While Aileen and Patrick have created a recipe for success with their seaside venture, carefully writing their owns menus, they’re not resting on their laurels. The couple hope to add to the experience of The Strand Cahore by offering accommodation in the next few years. Whatever the future may hold it’s clear that a knack for hospitality and a passion for good food is a winning combination when it comes to The Strand Cahore.
BAR OPENING HOURS:
Mon 3pm – 11.30pm
Tue 3pm – 11.30pm
Wed 3pm – 11.30pm
Thurs 3pm – 11.30pm
Fri 3pm – 12.30pm
Sat 12pm – 12.30pm
Sun 12pm – 11pm
FOOD OPENING HOURS:
Mon No food service
Tue No food service
Wed No food service
Thurs 4pm – 8pm
Fri 4pm – 8pm
Sat 1pm – 8pm
Sun 1pm – 6pm
*Please note that last order for food for children is at 8pm