Harry’s Shack Restaurant review

According to Virginia Woolf; “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” Last week I visited the almost infamous Harry’s Shack.

Harry’s Shack is a very suitable name for the restaurant which opened its doors to the public in August 2014. Situated at the gateway to the beautiful Portstewart Strand, the ‘Shack,’ slips in perfectly with the beautiful  beach setting. So much so it feels like it was always there.

Inside you enter into a welcoming and laid back setting. I automatically was brought back to my time in St Kilda, a little sea side town in Melbourne. The restaurant is simple yet effective. It is there to provide good food for those who enjoy spending their time at Portstewart Strand.

Owner Donegal man Donal Doherty, is not new to the restaurant business. His father owns the famous ‘Harry’s,’ restaurant in Donegal.  No doubt connecting the two restaurants by name, Donal wanted to continue the success of Harry’s into Harry’s Shack. And success he has had if you count his restaurant being awarded best ‘new comer 2014/2015′ with his Chef, Derek Creag,h also being awarded Chef of the Year.

The menu is simple but  far from boring and it offers more than just the usual, ‘pub grub,’ . All food used is freshly grown local produce and you can tell the food tastes fresh, clean and light. After a beautiful three course meal I didn’t come away feeling lethargic or thirsty, a feeling I get after eating out in most restaurants.

The menu has variety but it is simple and allows the customer to see and know where their dinner is coming from. Food options range from baby turnip soup, pickled veg with goat’s cheese, pulled chicken leg on cos lettuce with soft hen eggs in a crisp shallot with buttermilk dressing, beetroot salads, sage and pumpkin risotto, brown butter shrimp and a variety of fresh fish of the day, with produce coming from Greencastle Harbour, County Donegal.

Although no wine list is on offer, Harry’s shack is licenced for BYO creating an even more relaxed atmosphere. There is no doubt this restaurant is worth the visit.  From great food to excellent staff it would be worth your while to check it out. They also liaise wonderfully with the public through their very active Facebook page. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/HarrysShack  or contact Donal or any of the staff on 028 7083 1783. Harry’s Shack, 118 Strand Road, Portstewart Tel: 028 7083 1783 to see what all the fuss was about.

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