Bray & Howth Ireland
My boyfriend and I will be in Bray for a couple of days and looking for a good pub and pub grub as well as any recs for anything else to try... we are coming from landlocked Colorado so seafood is a plus for us.
Also going to Ivan's in Howth and want to see if anyone can offer insight on this being a good choice or not (dinner).
I have been to Ivan's twice, in 2008 and 2010, both for lunch (I think the menu is the same at dinner). The first time we were very impressed, but unfortunately the second it was just not the same. Maybe it is because we had better seafood in other places on this trip, but the food was rather ordinary and lacked the depth of flavor we were expecting. Take a look at this thread:
After having been there a second time I have to agree with Patricko's negative response to my recommendation.
If you're in Bray, go to Caviston's in Glasthule for seafood (about 4 or 5 stops from Bray on the DART). Small - so book.
Have just noticed that this thread links to another Bray in the UK (Hinds Head reference). There are many many Brays (including loads in France, and probably even further afield) so take care you don't get lost.
There aren't a huge number of good options in Bray, but the Porterhouse does decent enough grub and also gives you the chance to sample a wide range of drinks from smaller and unusual breweries. You could consider Campo de Fiori for good seafood (Italian style), but I think standards have gone downhill a little bit recently, and prices remain high.
Actually, one of my favourite things to do in Bray is to order a batter sausage and curry chips from Henry and Rose takeaway and sit on the beach to eat them. Don't rule that out, although you might prefer to try the ray rather than a batter sausage.
If you tire of Bray, Dun Laoghaire is a short hop away on the Dart (along a pretty spectacular bit of track) and you can head to Alexis, one of my favourite sensibly-priced restaurants in the area.