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Review : Beckett’s, Dunmore Rd., Waterford September 6, 2006

Posted by Rambling Man in Hotel & Restaurant reviews.
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We stopped at this restaurant the other evening and I must say, were most pleasantly surprised. Those of you from Waterford or around, will remember this place formerly as Orpen’s on the Dunmore Road. It was the dingy sort of place that the bar flies would turn and look at you when you walked in the door …

Now under new management and completely redecorated inside, it is a rather nice restaurant where you couldn’t go wrong for a bite of decent, hearty, homemade fare of an evening.

There were 4 of us and we took a table in the large garden outside, free from the noise of the busy road and were seated at wooden tables. They have the kind of garden furniture you don’t have to climb over to sit on and where the seats are not connected to the table itself – important for my somewhat elderly mother.

The menu itself is broad and fairly priced with an emphasis on seafood, most of which is sourced locally from Dunmore village. The wine menu is extensive aswell but not being a wine connoisseur , I didn’t indulge. I am assured they were also satisfactory.

We sampled a good variety of the food and found it all to be well cooked and presented with the portion sizes more than adequate. The service was also noticable by it’s unobtrusiveness, which for me is always a plus.

Starters
Soup of the Day : Chicken Liver Paté : Mussels in wine sauce
Mains
Chicken curry
Beer battered cod and homemade chips
Roast Pork
Braised Lamb Shank

All the meat dishes were cooked properly and fell off the bone in the case of the lamb. The curry was made with fruit and proper ground spices rather than horrible bright yellow sauce “out of a jar” which is an all too common occurrence nowadays. The beer battered cod was light and crispy and the fish itself very tasty. Along with a few “minerals”, a few “short ones” and a pint, the bill came to a very decent €84 plus tip.

All in all, an enjoyable experience, good service, good homemade food, nothing fancy about it – somewhere to call in to when you couldn’t be bothered cooking …

Rambling Man rating : 7 / 10

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