As part of a whirlwind tour of Hook peninsula I popped into Roches in Duncannon for lunch. This is a charming family-run bar and restaurant: one brother is serving, one is behind the bar and the others (along with talented head chef Denise Bradley) are in the kitchen.
The bar area is very quaint with restaurant seating to the back. I ordered the fisherman’s pie topped with puff pastry. It was really good and full of a variety of seafood and fresh fish. The pastry top was really crispy and the pie came with a generous portion of vegetables and mash potato. For only €11.95 this was a steal.
My companions had the pan-fried John Dory in a mussel and turmeric cream sauce for €14.95 and the roast striploin of beef with yorkshire pudding for €10.95. Both were also massive portions and spot-on in flavour.
Full of seafood, I popped down to the beach for a stroll and watched the kite-surfers do their thing. You can get lessons on the shore from yet another Roche brother. An enterprising lot so they are. Good on them.