Went to the Smuggler's Inn over the Easter weekend. Arrived down from Dublin, and were immediately greeted by warm and friendly staff. The inn and restaurant were full with people already, and the atmosphere was warm, and friendly. The bedrooms were clean, tidy, and the bed was soft and comfortable (the TV was small, but I wasn't there to watch TV!).
Dinner on the first night was fantastic. I had Chicken Liver Pate, and the steak. Both were cooked and presented to a very high standard. My partner had the Monkfish starter, and asked the chef for a Mushroom risotto (it was Good Friday, and she didn't fancy a fish main as well). Both came out looking excellent, and my partner is now converted to monkfish. The second night I had the Caesar salad, and chicken, while my partner had the monkfish and steak. They were both fantastic, being cooked and served to perfection. For desert, we both had the steam chocolate pudding on the first night, and on the second night, I had the cheese board (mostly Irish cheeses, but at least one English cheese), and my partner had the banana and almond tart. Both were very good. Breakfast on both days consisted of a large choice of foods, including cereals, full Irish breakfasts, and everything in-between.
The staff were very friendly, and full of chat. They gave of advise and directions on going what to see and do in the area, how to get there, and where not to go. The chef came out to see us on the Friday night, and to see us off on the Sunday morning.
The view from the room was spectacular, with the surf crashing rythmically 20 meters from the widow. The Inn is situated beside a gorgeous long beach (about 2km), what has fishing on it. The local golf club is next door, and the dining room offers views of both the course and the beach. On one of the nights we were there, a number of hares scampered across in lawns of the Inn, while the sunsets looking out of the dining room are fabulous.
Overall, the trip was excellent, and I would highly recommend the Smuggler's Inn to anybody staying in Waterville.
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