Holidaying in West Waterford means different things to different people. For many it may conjure images of family holidays at the sea-side, summer sojourns in the Gaeltacht or in recent years a chance to revel at festivals celebrating cycling, surfing or even travel writing. No Frontiers' presenter Kathryn Thomas revealed a different side to the sunny south east on her visit to the region, broadcast yesterday Sunday 17th January.
The area's status as an emerging food capital was apparent as Kathryn sampled her endeavours at a 'Food and Wine of Spain' class taught by Paul Flynn at The Tannery Cookery School. At The House of Ardmore Cliff House Hotel the cookery was left in the gifted hands of chef, Martijn Kajuiter. Since the RTE team's visit Martijn has been awarded a Michelin star thereby joining the elite ranks of Irish restaurants. Only six Irish eateries have earned the coveted star, The House is one of only two establishments outside of the capital to have done so and its achievement is unique in the south of the country.
Foody heaven aside West Waterford also affords the opportunity for sheer spa indulgence, white knuckle seafaring experience or a more tranquil afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Lismore. After all a trip to West Waterford could not be complete without a visit to the Heritage Centre!
If you missed the episode it can be viewed on the RTE website through the following link: