Il Panorama Cafe, Howth

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Damson Diner – NOW CLOSED

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Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth

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One of my all time favourite places to be in Dublin is Howth. Howth on a sunny day is even better. Howth on a sunny day while thereโ€™s a food festival on is probably the BEST! So when I heard a few weeks ago that the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival was on there over the weekend I was all over it ๐Ÿ™‚

With the crazy weather recently and the rain and hailstone showers I was praying for a good day on Saturday and God listened to me (I don’t talk to him very often to be fair so that was good of him!) It was a fab day out so off I toddled into town to get the DART out. Yeah I could have driven out there but all that food wouldnโ€™t have been quite as much fun without a few drinks too!

As per usual, the place was jammers but there was a great buzz around. There was a funfair, the usual small food stalls in the market area and further up towards the pier there were tents with different local restaurants selling their food. Basically โ€“ food everywhere you lookedโ€ฆ my idea of heaven!

Myself and my friend were STARVING so went straight from the DART station to get some food. Iโ€™d eaten in Wrights Findlater in Howth before and their food is great, reasonably priced and so yum. So we headed in there, got a drink and got a nice table by the window. ย I was seriously torn between the traditional fish and chips, salmon burger or getting 2 starters or a starter and sideโ€ฆ I like to get a taste of a few things ๐Ÿ™‚

So my friend got the fish and chips and I got the Howth Smokies with a side of sweet potato wedges.ย Food pornย pics below. The smokies were described as smoked haddock, sun dried tomatoes, baby spinach, gruere cheese gratinโ€ฆ I wasnโ€™t too sure what to expect but it was FAB. Basically a bowl of creamy cheesy sauce with smoked haddock and some spinach and sundried tomatoes, topped with cheese and served with brown bread and a small salad. The sweet potato wedges were MASSIVEโ€ฆ. But yep, of course I polished off the lot ๐Ÿ™‚

2 beers, a glass of wine, 1 Kopparberg and the food all came to โ‚ฌ48…. considering we could barely move after it all I think it was quite reasonable.

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After a couple of drinks to let the food digest we went for a walk up the pier and plonked ourselves on a bench to chill out in the sunshine for an hour. Even though the whole place was busy it still had a really relaxed vibe.

With my major sweet tooth I was dying for a nice treat so we walked back up towards the small farmers markets. Thereโ€™s stalls here that sell mini cupcakes, fudge, fruit, sweet and savoury crepes, cakes, different breads and a few bits and bobs of jewellery. ย Took a good 10 minutes for me to decide what to go for but I opted for a crepe with strawberries and chocolate sauce. They are pretty big and VERY messy so I managed to spill chocolate sauce all over myself in the process but got through the lot in the endย ๐Ÿ™‚

Then it was on for a couple more drinks in the Bloody Stream and off home with a full tummy!

The Prawn Festival isย a really nice day out. Lots of the restaurants have special menus for the weekend, the pubs all have music and there was fireworks later on in the night. Iโ€™ll definitely be going again next year!


I also spotted Donal Skehan filming while I was out there. Am a big fan of his recipes so had to get a snap!

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