The perfect marriage of Irish and Swedish cuisine at FISK

Nancy's Barn

Lina Reppert from Sweden and her Irish husband Tony Richardson swapped Stockholm for Donegal to set up their very own fish restaurant. Established in 2018, they have already made quite a name for themselves in this picturesque corner of the Northern Headlands.

Just over 7 years ago, me and my partner Tony decided to leave a snow-covered Stockholm to try our luck in Tony’s home country. When we arrived in Ireland I instantly felt at home and we spent the next 5 years living in Belfast, working in some amazing restaurants.

Last year we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to open our own little seafood bar just next to the iconic Harbour Bar in Downings, Co. Donegal. Being located up a hill we benefit from some amazing views of the bay and the Rossapenna Hotel and golf course.

Lina Reppert and Tony Harrison of Fisk restaurant in Donegal

The Irish always want to know your story and where you are from. It is one of the reasons I fell in love with the island and its people. It doesn’t get much friendlier that this!

We serve fresh, local seafood in a friendly and cosy atmosphere. We cook some food that we have came across during our travels but we also bake our own traditional Guinness wheaten bread and make our (now almost famous) seafood chowder.

Our restaurant is called Fisk, which not only brings the personal Swedish touch but also becomes a bit of a talking point. The Irish always want to know your story and where you are from. It is one of the reasons I fell in love with the island and its people. It doesn’t get much friendlier that this! We have embraced this and it is not uncommon for all our guests to rendezvous for a couple of pints up in the bar after having enjoyed a dinner in our place. Sometimes we even join them ourselves! 

Downings is this beautiful little village in north Donegal with green hills, white houses and a long beach that constantly changes with the tides. Up here it is just as beautiful in the depths of winter as when the summer is in full swing.

Fish tacos and chowder at Fisk restaurant Donegal

When playing golf here you are surrounded by wild nature and the sea - and I have heard the actual course is pretty good too! But if golf isn’t your thing just follow the Wild Atlantic Way signs and you will see some breath-taking scenery consisting of hidden beaches, dramatic cliffs and never ending green rolling hills. If you are in the car already, why not take a drive to Dunfanaghy, a cute little town with loads of cafes and souvenir shops. If you need somewhere to stay here you have the award-winning architectural masterpiece Breac House – it might cost a bit more than your normal B&B but trust me you will not be disappointed!

I can’t talk about Downings without mentioning McNutts Tweeds: located in a historic building down at the pier, they produce and sell some world-famous tweeds. Their throws and scarves are featured in magazines worldwide! So as you can see there’s plenty to do around here.

Last year, when opening Fisk, our beautiful baby girl Freja was born and I am delighted and excited to see her grow up in this idyllic part of the world!

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