At the first sight of 2017 good sunshine we headed to Ardmore to spend a Sunday walking. On entering Ardmore the Round Tower seemed to radiate rays of "Come and Visit Us." It was lunchtime so Mrs Lep being a shrewd Cork decision-maker, had "a look" before deciding on lunch.
We called to the bar where the local clientele were talking worryingly about Waterford's chance in (what was then) the forthcoming hurling championship. They were knowledgeable and some dreadful news from abroad did not seem to bother them. They were friendly, the bar was clean, the bar staff in good form and parking was free. We headed for the restaurant.
The dining room was near full at 12.45pm and with forename knowledge by the waiting staff of the patrons it was obvious that the hotel restaurant is well supported by discerning locals. We were seated pretty fast and the menu presented by a waiter who would have no difficulty in making the half back line on the Waterford team. Another waiter looked like he was an incisive half forward with goal on his mind at all times. These guys were good, slick, attentive and friendly. They didn't hang around and instinctively knew how to talk without being overly intrusive. They are a terrific part of the hotel.
The food was beautifully presented and tasted excellent in welcoming surroundings. We didn't have to ask for a jug of water; it appeared within seconds (other restaurants please copy). Top marks to the chef/cook too.
There was no problem with leaving the car at the hotel car park while we walked the circular coastal route. A beautiful walk taking in St-Declan's Well, magnificent scenery and of course the ancient round tower and church. Some craft shops have sprung up in the town and are worth a visit. En route we could see the mobile home parks in the distance which resembled Porta-Loo-Central. But, they come with the territory so onwards we went. Teenagers were happy jumping off the pier into the cold sea. Great to hear and see people enjoying themselves and we walked on to the country.
When we arrived back in the hotel there was a fundraiser in the gardens for the oncoming Tidy Towns campaign. I should point out here that Ardmore is always to the fore of the competition. There seems to be a kind of team individuality efforts being made all through the town and its environs. An entertaining singer helped by his band kept us in the hotel for some time with their robust entertainment. The tidy-towns ladies were there too and of course the event was well supported.
For the record:- Waterford failed in their bid for Munster glory against Cork, but once again Ardmore will be prominent in the results of Ireland's Tidiest Town later in the year.
The restaurant in the Round Tower Hotel is good. It doesn't break the bank and well worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The family run Round Tower Hotel is located in the beautiful village of Ardmore. Round Tower Hotel is a a Fáilte Ireland approved 3 star hotel. Nestled in the western end of county Waterford in Ireland's acclaimed 'Sunny South East', the hotel offers guests and visitors the opportunity to enjoy their break in one of Ireland's oldest Christian settlement villages. The hotel offers 10 well appointed en suite bedrooms (refurbished in 2016) with free Wifi, TV, phone and tea & coffee facilities. There is a choice of single, double and family rooms available. B&B rates, room only and group discount rates are available on request. No pets allowed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Round Hotel Ardmore