Wild Honey Inn is an absolute treasure. It is to be found just off the main drag of Lisdoonvarna, on Kincora Road. Hidden away in the kitchen is the former head chef of the five star Sheen Falls Lodge where he is churning out bar food of the highest calibre. We didn’t stay at the Inn but we loved our evening meal there so much that we actually returned for lunch the following day!
It isn’t possible to reserve a table in advance but we were lucky enough to be seated as soon as we arrived. In fact, once one of the window tables became available we were offered the opportunity to move. The dinner menu offered lots of interesting items. There were also a number of daily specials on available. We settled on a starter of ham hock terrine with celeriac remoulade for himself which we shared (well I merely tasted it!). For main course I chose a special of baked turbot with chicken wing confit, fennel and spinach. Hubby chose hake with green beans and a tomato and sardine sauce. Both dishes came with mash but when I suggested ordering a side dish of ‘twice cooked’ chips (the real deal!) there was no problem at all about substituting one mash side for a portion of chips. This was really accommodating. Lots of places would charge extra for the chips.
Terrine is not one of my dishes of choice but I definitely liked this one. Perhaps I have only tasted poor ones up to now. My turbot was absolutely gorgeous. It didn’t look fantastic on the plate but the flavours were sublime. I even loved the confit which, up to now I was never a huge fan of, but Mr McGrath has shown me how it should be. Himself ordered a dish with green beans and a tomato and sardine sauce. Is this man I’ve been married to for over twenty years? The man who won’t eat a bean at home? The man who doesn’t like dishes with too much tomato? The man who hates sardines? And he ate it all, almost licked the plate! Mr McGrath is definitely changing the eating habits of this couple.
And, of course, there was room for dessert. I ordered the Eton Mess and hubby chose to have doughnuts from the daily special list. The doughtnuts were served with a sauce (forgive me, I don’t know what sauce it was!) which I didn’t taste. The eton mess was delightful and it was a very generous serving.
If you are visiting County Clare for any reason you should plan your day around dining here. You won’t top it for value for money. The food at Wild Honey Inn is outstanding and it is no surprise that it has been awarded the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand.