The Markey name has been synonymous with excellence in food service from the Merrimack Valley to the seacoast for over a half century. In 1971, the family opened Markey's Lobster Pool on Route 286 in Seabrook, New Hampshire, a locale that has now become a family tradition in year-round dining for generations of beach-goers.
The restaurant is bright, clean and airy, and features an expansive deck with marsh views for those who prefer to dine outdoors in the ocean air. The atmosphere is beach casual, a style fervently embraced by coastal diners from Maine to Cape Cod.
Tom Markey oversees the kitchen operation, where his competent staff prefers consistent high-quality seafood entrées - fresh lobsters, clams, shrimp, scallops and haddock - prepared fried, steamed, broiled or baked. Creamy chowders, french fries, onion rings, coleslaw, salads and corn-on-the cob are favorite side dishes.
Tom states, "repeat customers become friends here, so consistency is the key. People expect consistently good food and ample portions at a consistently fair price. We work hard to provide that, and I suspect that has been the key to our success."
Tom's wife, Joyce, transitioned from a teaching career into managing the dining room, the bar, and the restaurant staff.
The restaurant has a beer and wine license and the dining room bar also serves steamed clams and mussels. "Being in the dining room is as much an avocation as it is a vocation," Joyce says. "I truly enjoy interacting with our customers. Where can one work surrounded by old and new friends?"