If, like many of our guests, you’re holidaying with children and grandparents in tow, finding a restaurant that offers both a fine dining experience and is child friendly can be a bit of challenge.
Jacks’ Coastguard Restaurant in Cromane in our opinion offers just that. Set along a pebble beach with beautiful views of Castlemaine Harbour, Inch, Rossbeigh and the Slieve Mish mountains, it’s an amazing setting, particularly if you catch it at sunset. With light streaming in through the large windows overlooking the sea it’s hard to beat.
The food is predominantly seafood – fresh mussels, crab claws, Cromane Oysters, black sole (my personal favourite) or wild salmon (when in season) – but they also serve delicious steak, Kerry lamb and a selection of vegetarian dishes.
Service is impeccable, there’s usually someone playing the piano and the clientele is a great mix of locals and holiday makers. So what’s there not to love?!
For kids, there’s a large field out-front overlooking the sea where your little ones can play (and you can keep an eye out for them from the comfort of your table) and for the more adventurous, there’s always the beach to stroll along, while they’re waiting for you to finish that final glass of fine.
The bar area is cosy, mainly frequented by locals, chatting, having a drink… very relaxed.
So, while there are many other family-friendly spots we’d frequent with our son on a reasonably regular basis such as Sol Y Sombra, Glencar Resort or Rosspoint, Jacks Coastguard Restaurant would be our firm favourite for that special occasion we wanted to bring him along to.