Day 2 of our Irish Adventure Tour, found us traveling from the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough and then on to Waterford. A very busy day started with a great walk through a monastic site, tons of photos and lots of exercise.
Lunch was upon us and we were about to experience a delightful pub in Clonroche County, Wexford, Ireland. The irony for me is that we live very close to Wexford in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Today, lunch was on our own, not part of the tour, but we were stopped in Clonroche County at a local Pub.
This would be our first experience with both food and a pub outside of Dublin. Naturally, we were excited. Honestly, this is a food writer’s dream come true. From service to eats, it’s a stop you simply must take. Allow me to share with you, where to find delicious pub eats in Clonroche County Wexford, Ireland.
From the outside, all I could think about was the inside. I know very silly. But the exterior of the Cloch Ban Pub just beckoned me with intrigue and curiosity.
Where To Find Delicious Pub Eats in Clonroche County Wexford Ireland
The outside is so cute, for lack of another word. It’s interesting. I am still just in awe of the greenery and all the florals even though it does get quite cool in Ireland. Plants are blooming and they make buildings look lovely.
Colors of black and white introduce you to what is going to be a very fun experience. Who’s ready?
Don’t expect fancy, expect practical. Good eats, at a fair price, with alcohol available. The bathrooms are clean, there’s plenty of seating as far as I could tell for up to about 40.
Now that might be pushing it, but there are seats at the bar as well as a few tables in that area, so you can get a nice sized group there.
We were traveling in a group of 21 so we had plenty of room. The fireplace was quite nice and it looks like the Cloch Ban must host some form of dance. We noted the floors and a ‘disco-like’ ball overhead.
What I loved about this menu is that while it’s small, it’s incredibly detailed. Note that allergens are called out. I mean, this is incredible for those that can not eat certain foods due to allergies. Totally uncommon. I love that The Cloch Ban considers this aspect of food service.
Did you see the menu? There’s so something for everyone. Are you hungry yet? Wait till I show you the food! The stop here is ‘on your own’ for lunch. Which means that this is one of a few meals that is NOT included your tour package.
Those meals are called out long before you ever travel with the tour. Some meals are on your own. This stop is the lunch stop. (just so you know how it works)
Have a looksie at the menu. There’s not a lot on it, but what is offered are practical choices, at fair prices. From vegetable soup for vegetarians (I’m in!) to shrimp and beef, there’s definitely something for everyone.
Sip Sip Hooray
Michael and I vowed to just enjoy our Irish Adventure. Let me define this for you. With every meal, we decided we needed to indulge in a libation, plain and simple. Away from the kids, spending time on our own, yes, I get a little silly!
We are in a pub, we are not driving, and we are enjoying ourselves. Well, maybe just a little too much. I mean, one little bottle of wine does not get you that tipsy! Perhaps leprechauns got me! Ha!
Aside from beer and wine, we got a cup of Vegetable Soup and I gotta tell you, it’s insanely addicting. Who knew that a pub would serve some of the best vegetable soup either of us have ever tasted?
Get it, or you will regret it, it’s that good! We should have gotten a bowl each but we split one because we did not want to overeat. Big mistake because we were battling one another for it spoon by spoon. Just saying!
Lunch Is Served.
I am telling you we hardly got the order in and it was at the table. Fast service sets this pub apart from so many we tried on our own. Want to see the food? I know you do! Let me share.
Beef Guinness Stew.
Look at these little dutch ovens in pink. Then take a look at the perfectly balled scoops of mashed potatoes and portions of fresh veggies. Seriously good stuff here. Michael ate everything, and everyone around us did the same.
Now I was very surprised at my Shrimp Scampi. In Ireland, Scampi is no in a lemon garlic sauce, it’s breaded. So, I got breaded shrimp and chips. Really good eats. Also, a thing to note about Irish food, a salad is about 1/2 cup of lettuce maximum, and that is what it is on my plate.
The lettuce in this tasted really farm to table, it was that fresh. We skipped on dessert because we were really full from our lunch. Our bill was about $35 dollars so really fair pricing.
When passing through Clonroche County Wexford, in Ireland, this is your stop for lunch! ~ Dana Culinary Travel Gal XO ~