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Taste of success is deserved for this 'culinary heaven'

By Margaret Canning

Location, location, location is a mantra recited in relation to house-hunting — but it can be just as relevant to the restaurant trade. The phenomenal success of Harry’s Shack on Portstewart Strand, the hugely popular seaside attraction on the north coast, is a reminder that a good location is all-important, though good food first is a given.

The Strand attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year — and is attracting many more, thanks to the growing reputation of Harry’s Shack.

The restaurant, which only opened four months ago, has been named best restaurant in Ireland by husband and wife food critics, John and

Sally McKenna. The pair were wowed by Harry’s Shack — sister restaurant of the well-known Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend, Co Donegal. John

McKenna compares some of the seafood on the Harry’s Restaurant menu to “culinary heaven”.

And the pair sum up the appeal of the Harry’s Shack location by describing it as “Normandy meets Martha’s Vineyard”. The venue’s overall appeal, from ramshackle decor to the menu, is “stonking food in a room that might have been washed up on the dunes by the tides”. Of course, there have been plenty of other successful food ventures on the north coast but one more certainly won’t hurt.

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