On a day out in Enniskillen last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see a town heaving with activity, with shoppers, tourists and more all milling about the town centre.
Better yet, I thought a Tuesday lunchtime would be a handy enough time to pop in for a bite to eat without a reservation.
How wrong I was – a couple of failed attempts at a few places I liked the look of later, I stumbled upon the equally busy Crowe’s Nest in the town, which luckily enough had room to squeeze me in.
I was a big fan of the interior of this bar and restaurant on High Street, with dim lighting and cosy booths it would make a great spot for a get together with a few friends, some tasty pub grub and a few drinks.
However I was on my lonesome on this occasion, and not ravenous so I ordered a portion of salt and chilli squid and skinny fries.
The squid was great, really crispy and not overly spicy and just hit the spot. It came with a sizable enough salad and the real star of the show – the sriracha mayo.
It’s a bit of a trend nowadays to douse mayonnaise with some sort of spicy red sauce, and I’m a huge fan.
Salt and chilli squid and chips from the Crowe’s Nest, Enniskillen.
Toss in a portion of really crispy skinny fries, and you’ve got a winning combination.
I have to say that even though it was busy on my visit, the staff were really attentive as well and everything was done with a minimum of fuss.
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My bill came to around £12 with a coke included, and while I’m sure there are more affordable lunch options around Enniskillen, all things considered I think it was pretty decent value.
I’m looking forward to visiting some more of the top food and drink spots in Fermanagh in the coming months as part of our launch of our new MyFermanagh brand – if there is anywhere worth a visit make sure to let us know!