After a visit to the Ice House, myself, my sister and sister in law who was visiting us from London decided to take a detour to Easkey, Co.Sligo for some lunch. We wanted to visit Pudding Row (http://www.puddingrow.ie/) as we had heard great things about it. Upon arrival in Easkey, we found Pudding Row immediately in the main street where it is located in Easkey House. And although it was an overcast Thursday in August, we weren't on our own. Actually, all tables were full and there were another 3 families waiting to be seated, so we booked our table and were told that it would take 30 minutes before we would be seated. And we always say, when it is busy, it should be great,... so we were looking forward to a well deserved lunch.
So while we waited downstairs, we kept ourselves busy in the gift shop downstairs. One thing to note is that Pudding Row is on the first floor, but a stairlift makes it accessible for people who aren't able to climb stairs. This is a great feature which we would like to see in more establishments.
After less than the anticipated 30 minutes, we were told our table was ready. Upstairs, you are welcomed by the cosy interior. Fresh flowers welcomed us to our table while we received the menu from one of the waitresses who are all carrying through the vintage look of Pudding Row.
Pudding Row is bright and airy, the views towards the Atlantic Ocean are an added bonus. When we were brought to our table, we had noticed the beautiful cakes already, but more about these later on. There is the standard menu, but there is also the daily specials which are displayed on a blackboard. After having scanned both the menu and the daily specials, I decided to pick something from the daily specials and opted for the free range Andarl farm pork and apple burger which was served on a homemade bab served with tomato chutney dressed rocket lettuce & pickles and further accompanied by a beautiful celeriac and carrot slaw and smokey roast potatoes.
My sister in law selected the pulled pork sandwich from the set menu. The pulled pork sandwich is succulent free range BBQ pulled pork served on an Achill Island sea salt and rosemary focaccia with roasted garlic herb butter and braised red cabbage.
At Pudding Row, they also serve breakfast the whole day, and that is what my sister was going to give a try. She selected the creamy scrambled eggs with chives, bacon and mushroom. We all went for the tea as well which is served in lovely delph in similar fashion as all other delph used in Pudding Row.
And as we mentioned before, then there are the cakes. We had seen these beautiful cakes when we walked in and wanted to give these a try, but what we didn't know was how full we were after the beautiful meal. So we opted for the second best option, we selected 5 pieces of cake from the counter which were wrapped in a take away box allowing us to sample these at a later stage.
All we can say is that Pudding Row deserves that detour to Easkey. Where easkey is a well know surf location along the Wild Atlantic Way in Co.Sligo, it is now also a well known gourmet location along the Wild Atlantic Way. Where Pudding Row shines is it's presentation of it's food which is lovingly prepared using only the freshest ingredients. The detail of the food shines through from the moment you walk in, from the gift shop downstairs to the shelf with Ortiz tuna and anchovies, from the delph to the cakes. And I didn't get much of a chance tasting those lovely cakes, my husband was delighted he got to review some of the food as well. And I believe that it got his tumbs up as he didn't talk to much during his sampling session. Only feedback I got was that he said it was the best cake he ever ate. Co.Sligo has turned the last years into a foodlovers paradise, and the recently established Sligo Food trail ( https://sligofoodtrail.ie/) will only strenghten this .