Harry’s Cushendall

I live in Cushendun at the weekends and always enjoy checking out the local food and drink offering in the Glens.

Last weekend we were invited to try Harry’s restaurant situated in Mill Street in the heart of Cushendall.

I had eaten in Harry’s before (last year), but was keen to try it out again as it was recently taken over by the restaurant’s chef Alistair McGregor.

Husband and wife team Alistair and Liane have been in charge for 10 months now, with a revamped menu and a new look and feel for the place.

We went for the lunch menu which is served from 12-5pm and offers a range of starters, main courses, burgers, salads and sandwiches.

The starters (priced from £4.75 to £6.50) include the Chef’s Soup of the Day, Duck spring rolls, and Hot and Spicy chicken wings.

As a cheese lover, it was the Crispy breaded brie which caught my eye, and my dish came served with a light salad and sweet and sour sauce. The warm brie oozed out once cut open – just how I like it.

The competition for the best Seafood Chowder is fierce in the Causeway Coast and Glens so Barry had to go for the Chowder served with wheaten bread. He said the Chowder, which uses local seafood, was delicious with large chunks of fish.

For mains I decided to go for a dish on the ‘Daily Specials’ board. It was the start of December and I was yet to have my first Turkey and Ham of the season.

In hindsight I didn’t need a starter as well as the Christmas dinner because gosh, was it huge! Talk about good big country portions! I couldn’t finish it, I’m ashamed to say!

Barry went for a much more sensible lunchtime offering- the colourful Harry’s open prawn salad.

Other mains include Beer battered scampi, 8oz rump steak, creamy chicken carbonara and Harry’s veggie burger with chilli jam.

We really enjoyed our lunch and the comfortable, homely setting of Harry’s. If you’re visiting the Glens over the festive period and fancy a good feed, then try out their Christmas dinner!

Crispy Breaded Brie

Seafood Chowder

Harry’s Open Prawn Salad

Turkey and Ham Christmas Dinner

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Merchant Rooftop and seeing the sights of the Antrim coast

This past week has been extremely busy, with little time to sit down and watch the World Cup (which I had been doing religiously since it started!) As a quick overview, on Tuesday I went to a Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast which resembled speed dating as we had two or three minutes with other attendees before the buzzer went and we all had to move on. (Great way to meet other businesses though!) On Thursday I went to Stann and Olly’s for dinner then a “Cocktails and Canapés” event in the Merchant Hotel’s rooftop garden. On Friday, I went to Tullyglass Hotel for a family wedding; Saturday I went to  Drumbo Park greyhound racing; and Sunday we took a trip up to Cushendall and Cushendun for a BBQ picnic and to enjoy the sun! Phew- so a busy week all round but great to see so many new places.

So, back to Thursday evening. It was Barry’s birthday so we went for dinner to one of our regular spots- Stann and Olly’s on the Dublin Road. We’ve always found the food here to be lovely! It’s typical American diner style- think Burgers, Chilli Dogs and Philly Cheese Steak- with music from the 40s/50s/60s playing on the radio and clips of Laurel and Hardy on the TVs. I normally get the Philly Cheese but went for something just a little less American this time- chicken, champ and pepper sauce. Barry had nachos to start and then scampi with a side of Caesar Salad for main. Once again, a nice meal if you’re after a good ‘hearty’ feed.

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Stan and Olly’s Nachos

 

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Scampi and Caesar Salad- Stan and Olly’s

After dinner, we headed round the Merchant Hotel’s rooftop garden for an evening of Cocktails and Canapés which was being hosted by the Daily Mirror. What a great venue for a party! It was an evening for those who advertise in the Mirror and I had been invited through my work. I didn’t try any of the food, having just had dinner, but great cocktails! Thanks to the Mirror for a great evening!Image

Merchant Hotel Rooftop garden party

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Sampling the cocktails

On Saturday we headed to Drumbo Park for a night ‘at the dogs’. I’d been before and really enjoyed it last time. Not big ones for gambling, we were putting just £2 bets on each race! Out of the 12, I won one race and Barry won four, so not too bad for amateurs!

 

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Drumbo Park

Finally on Sunday we took a quick tour up round the Antrim Coast to see some of the amazing scenery- at lot of it where Game of Thrones is filmed! It was a beautiful day so we stopped of at Cushendun beach for a BBQ picnic before heading round to the caves where, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan,you’ll know Melisandre had her shadowy baby! It was a great day to just relax and enjoy the sun, and wind down after the busy week! Image

Cushendun Pier

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Cushendun

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Cushendun caves- Game of Thrones

 

ImageMere enjoying a quick swim!