Nottages Restaurant is situated in the beautiful West Cork village of Crookhaven with a view of the spectacular harbour and lighthouse beyond. Crookhaven’s past is dominated by the sea, and it was once an important trading post for shipping.
Between 10901 and 1914 Marconi set up a signals office here, and it is from Mr. Nottage, one of the gentlemen who worked for him, that the restaurant gets its name. There are two pubs in the village that do food also, but if you’re looking for something more up market then Nottages is the place to head for.
This stylish restaurant can seat up 70 people, with a downstairs and upstairs seating area. Try and book a window seat if you can, as you have a beautiful view of the harbour. When I went I was met by very friendly staff who show me to my table and set me up with a menu that had a lot to offer, but naturally being a seaside restaurant it featured a lot of fresh local seafood.
I had the Crookhaven bay prawns to start which where succulent and pan fried in a lemon and butter sauce on baby cos lettuce leaves. I also tried the Thai chicken spring roll - which many restaurants choose to buy in frozen - but not here. So I got a spot on spring roll and an assurance that everything is freshly made each day. I also enjoyed some homemade breads which on the day was a seaweed white bread and a sundried tomato bread, and both were delicious.
For my main course I had the locally fished lobter in a garlic and herb sauce served with mix vegetable and garlic gratin which needed a bit of seasoning, but that’s not the end of the world; the lobster itself was perfect.
There is a very nice wine list also and a large selection of homemade desserts. I didn’t have room and am blaming the breads, but a return seems likely, so I can look forward to one then. The owner Peter Ahern can be very proud of his staff as they are doing a excellent job. Nottages is a fine restaurant in a beautiful location and should be a stopping point on any West Cork odyssey.