• Cyril McAree

The Lemon Tree Seafood, Co. Waterford is Awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the Month

The Lemon Tree Seafood Restaurant, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for October. Selected by renowned food writer Georgina Campbell and Bord Bia, the Just Ask Restaurant of the Month rewards eateries across Ireland that exhibit best practices in showing transparency in the sourcing of the food on their menus.

Known for its lovely fresh fish, delicious home baking and friendly atmosphere, Joan Boland's gem of a restaurant is well worth the short walk up from the harbour at Dunmore East. Joan already had a following for her Lemon Tree Catering company when she opened her roadside café in 2008 and it has since been a consistently popular destination for regulars, who appreciate the tasty homemade food - and, especially, its focus on showcasing the best of a wide range of local produce in season.

A large blackboard proudly details the current suppliers, many of whom are also listed on the website. Speaking about their suppliers and producers, Proprietor and Head Chef Joan says, “Meat suppliers include Aeron James’ Portally Lamb and Will Drohan for his unique Comeragh Mountain Lamb. Quinlans in Waterford supply us with our Irish chicken and game is supplied by Wild Irish Game. Beef is sourced from Ballymooney Meats and Lisduggan Farm Foods and our gammon and bacon come from Country Style in Waterford. Oysters are supplied by Woodstown Bay Shellfish and other seafood suppliers include Flanagans Fish; fishermen Mick Fitzgerald and Richard Power (for crab and lobster) and Ballyhack Smokehouse near Arthurstown for their naturally smoked salmon. Rathmoylan Free Range Eggs in Waterford supply us with Bord Bia Quality Assured eggs and Inch House in Thurles supply us with their famed Black Pudding. Vegetables and herbs are carefully sourced from Grantstown Nurseries, Waterford and Tom Cleary Vegetables, Wexford.”

Georgina Campbell commented, “As well as being open all day for breakfast, snacks and lovely lunches, The Lemon Tree Seafood restaurant is an especially upbeat destination for weekend dinners. And, even if you just pop in for a coffee and cake it will be outstanding - their baking is renowned and many regulars would come here for the locally Barista Bay Handroasted Coffee alone. All round it’s a super spot - and it’s all about their great suppliers”. Further information available online at: https://www.lemontreecatering.ie/ For additional information on Just Ask and previous Just Ask winners, or to find out how to get involved, visit bordbia.ie/lifestyle/just-ask-restaurant/

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