I had reserved a table in the Michelin Starred House Restaurant for later this week, but I was terribly disappointed at having to cancel it for family reasons.
Thus I find myself on the road driving back to Waterford from Cork on a beautiful early Summer day. It was shortly after lunch and we hadn't eaten, so I suggested to my Mum that we divert the few miles off the main road to Cliff House. She jumped at the opportunity. I had been here before, but not since they were awarded their coveted Michelin Star for the House Restaurant so I was anxious and excited to see what changes that might have brought to an already-favourite place.
Driving up the steeply winding roads to the clifftop luxury hotel, ones eyes are drawn to the beauty of the landscape and the crystal clear waters below. On arrival at the Hotel I found it impossible to find parking, but was very impressed when an attentive valet noticed my predicament and rushed out to park my jeep.
We descended to the bar and restaurant and found ourselves drawn, as if magnetically, to the sun soaked balcony overlooking the bay. Every table was full of happy diners sitting under bright orange umbrellas. I wandered from spot to spot taking pics of the bay, the kayakers, the crystal waters, the hotel's hot tub and seaweed baths (which are outside), and relished the feeling of the warm sun on my skin.
We opted to sit inside and the very attentive staff immediately found us an excellent table with a wonderful view. We ordered light starters only as we weren't particularly hungry. My seafood chowder was almost picturesque in its presentation - a creamy potato-based broth with plentiful fresh fish and prawns, a parsley oil drizzle, and a dollop of clotted cream. This was served with three thick slices of delicious homemade brown bread. Mum ordered the chicken liver parfait which was served in a glass jar and topped with a rose jam glaze. I tasted it and was sorry I hadn't ordered it. Mum had a glass of Moet and I had a café latte. The bill for the lot was €36. Not the cheapest light lunch ever, but terrific value for what we got, the setting, and the five star hotel experience.
Service was enthusiastic, attentive, and pleasant. The setting is breathtaking.
I weould highly recommend it.
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