Cillian and Mary – front-of-house and chef, respectively, of Murphy Black’s – are two of the people whose championing of the Loop Head region has brought the peninsula to prominence in recent years. They have done it with a pincer attack: organising and volunteering on the one hand and, on the other, showcasing the foods of Loop Head to delicious effect on their menus. Start dinner with a Clare Seafood Taster plate – with Burren smoked salmon and mackerel, local crab, smoked mackerel pate and Loop Head lobster bisque – and you can only be in one place in all the world. The menus shine with local seafood – hake gratin; goujons of Atlantic cod; the classic seafood pie; seafood zarzuela; the classic crab cakes – all denoted with the Loop Head logo, and all cooked and served with true County Clare pride.
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