Day 33 - The last leg
It was definitely worth being in the centre of Wicklow last night. The Bridge Tavern, built in the 18th century, has been extensively refurbished to provide large comfortable en-suite bedrooms and bar and dining facilities downstairs
I was up two and a half flights of stairs with a view over the river but didn’t catch sight of Sammy Seal who is a local celebrity who surfaces when there’s fish about. I got everything sorted, had a bit of a rest and then went out in search of a drink and some food. Wicklow is not much of a place, a main street that is divided in the middle to give one way traffic in each direction. There was little life in the place, lots of take-aways but not much in the way of restaurants. I went into one pub for a pint of Guinness and then back to the Bridge Tavern for another. I walked up the south quay which was being stabilised with pumped concrete and found the Lighthouse Restaurant which is part of a wet fish shop, generally a good sign if you enjoy fish. The restaurant had 34 covers and was about half full when I went in just after 7pm. There was a steady stream of punters coming in and going out so the reputation is obviously good. I enjoyed a starter of squid, a main course of hake in tempura batter and finished with an Eton Mess. There was no beer to be had so I had a glass of Chilean white. It was a good meal without being excellent. Nothing has surpassed Mary Daly’s pollock at Kilcrohane and I’m afraid that the hake didn’t come close. The blog called and I answered and was finished by about 1030, feeling pretty tired and ready for bed. The one drawback of my room was that it was next to the kitchen ventilation fans which were very noisy. I had the window open to help the clothes dry but had to get up and close it in the middle of the night so had a bit of a restless night.
Breakfast this morning was in the bar. No cereals, juices or toast but a good FIB