The Claddagh Dining Story
We are entering our 9th season of operating The Claddagh dining room! Crafting popular 3-course meals for overnight guests and other visitors we’ve come to really enjoy sharing our food with folks from around the world. Every season we invite our guests to share what they are looking for in dining experiences during their travels. The over-arching theme: folks want good food; fresh, local and yummy. They want to end their day (or start their evening) with the satisfied feeling of a well crafted dining experience that didn’t include deep-fried or pre-packaged ingredients, wasn’t rushed, and that left them hinting for recipes! Travellers understand the limitations that rural operations face and don’t expect a wide-ranging menu and besides, too many choices after a great day of discovery can add unwarranted stress. Meeting the expectations of those travellers with special dietary needs is also very important to us.
Well that all just makes good sense and so over the seasons Carol and I have been refining our menu with the help of Chef (now retired) Johnny Corcoran! We’ve created a simple combination of options that fit our “Casual-Fine Dining” experience featuring both on and offshore as well as vegan selections and that incorporates local ingredients wherever we can!
In the Claddagh Dining Room your table is yours for the evening so take your time and enjoy the inviting environment at your own pace; have a chat with fellow explorers and compare adventures! After dinner you can relax in the guest pub for a pint, stretch out in the sitting room or take in the harbour view from the deck with a French-press coffee, herbal tea or something from the pub! The gazebo and deck are also licensed; they offer a grand harbour view and the Gazebo is cannabis friendly.
“Padraig’s Folly” guest-pub offers a small range of wines, spirits, bottled Newfoundland craft beers and features “Yellow Belly” draught beer brewed the famous corner of George and Water streets in Town (featured in our “Yellowbelly Pie”)! If, on occasion, you prescribe to a wee dram of whisky check out the “whiskey shelves” where you can find an eclectic collection of single-malts as well as Canadian and Irish Whiskies and American Bourbon.