Carraig Hotel Restaurant
Down a short flight of steps in the Georgian ‘Port of Waterford’ vaults, this romantic gem combines French flair with fresh Irish produce, resulting in mains such as mustard-and-honey rack of lamb or seaweed-encrusted scallops, and desserts like Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée.
Looking like an interior design magazine spread, elevated, S-shaped walnut seating and glossy maple floors provide an unlikely backdrop for comfort food like shepherds pie and stew.
With tables overlooking the square, this cheerful apple-green cafe with strawberry-motif table cloths has flavoured coffees (mint, caramel and so on), hot dishes like beer-battered cod and chips and – the reason everyone’s really here – gargantuan servings of homemade desserts like pavlova.
On the northern edge of the village, this aubergine-trimmed cottage is illuminated inside by an open fire and candles. Beef in cracked pepper and brandy cream sauce is a highlight of its Irish menu.
Located behind the post office, this gastro-pub with the feel of a smugglers’ haunt serves locally caught fish as well as traditional meaty dishes like duck, lamb and veal, and a veggie option. Hours fluctuate outside summer.
Tramore’s classiest restaurant is found inside a Georgian house with seascapes decorating the walls and a rustic feel. The emphasis is on meat, with some great chicken dishes on the menu as well as a vegetarian dish of the day.
Bennettsbridge & Around
Opposite the church, Italian Affair serves up good pizzas, pastas and coffee.