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The Marine
Derek Nagle & Elaine Bennett
Sandhill Road, Ballybunion,

Telephone: +353 (0)68 27-139

The Marine Links Hotel & Restaurant has been a Ballybunion mainstay since it was first established way back in 1922. Today it’s the domain of hoteliers/restaurateurs De...

The Marine
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Winter - Fri, Sat, Sun
Summer - All week
A La Carte:
Early Bird:
2/3 course €20.50/€25.50
From 5-6.45pm
Value Menu:
2 course for two people with a bottle of wine - €50
Sunday Lunch:
Children’s Menu:
Number of Covers:
100+ in summer
Wheelchair Facilities:
Credit Cards:
Private Dining Facilities:

About The Restaurant

The Marine Links Hotel & Restaurant has been a Ballybunion mainstay since it was first established way back in 1922. Today it’s the domain of hoteliers/restaurateurs Derek Nagle and Anthony & Elaine Bennett who’ve brought this classic hotel into the 21st century with style – though I’m quite sure that many visitors would come for the views and landscapes alone, which are breath-taking, with views of Ballybunion’s historic castle and the rough tides of the Wild Atlantic waves crashing into the scenic coastline.

The décor here is warm and inviting but with a cool soft-lit feel that lends a really good atmosphere to your visit. Derek, who is also the head chef here takes great pride in using fresh and locally sourced ingredients to provide his patrons with the best experience possible.

On our visit, there was a great selection of starters including a crispy sticky beef stir fry with lime, chilli, coriander, ginger, veg and noodles; a deep fried wedge of Brie with red onion confit, sweet chilli and a house salad; as well as a wild Atlantic seafood chowder of smoked haddock, cod and salmon with hints of shellfish. I quite fancied their Thai crab cakes, but ultimately, went for a fab chorizo, honey, goats cheese and beetroot salad that I was more than happy with, whilst Brendan enjoyed his selection of steamed Cromane mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce with some crispy garlic bread on the side.

For the mains, there was plenty of attractive selections to make our decision more difficult. Their lamb ‘tomahawk’ was on offer with carrot puree, sautéed potatoes and a red wine jus; while a pan-fried fillet of wild Atlantic hake was also a frontrunner with its bok choi, asparagus, red pepper and sesame with a side of baby potatoes. Brendan was pleased to see his carnivorous ways well catered for with with some great steaks on offer to satisfy his ‘meat’ tooth. He opted for a prime Irish Hereford chargrilled sirloin steak, beautifully prepared and served with tenderstem broccoli, mushrooms and onions with his choice of potatoes or fries (he went with fries), while I, on the other hand, went out to sea with their Marine style fish & chips. A healthy portion of tempura battered wild Atlantic Hake with a mint pea puree and house tartare was gleefully received and enjoyed by yours truly.

Reasoning that calories don’t count when you’re on holiday, we pushed ahead with the dessert menu, which had plenty of guilty pleasures for us to indulge in. There was cheesecake being served with Chantilly cream, a tasty sounding crème brulee as well as a selection of ice-creams with a warm chocolate fudge sauce. Himself fancied their Marine style frozen fruit cocktail, a selection of frozen fruits whizzed together into a tasty cold fruit cocktail which he happily sipped away on. I finished with a bang, by way of their infinitely decadent chocolate bomb, a gooey gorgeous choco pud with chocolate pouring sauce and Chantilly cream.

For those of you with a little more willpower than us, check out their great calorie friendly menus and they also do a really good early bird from 5pm-6.45pm.


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