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August 8, 2011


A Few Of My Favourite Lunch Stops Around Ireland

by Julianne Mooney

It’s no surprise my waistline expanded during my travels around Ireland. How could it not with so many delicious breakfasts, lunch stops, afternoon teas and dinner banquets?

I can’t say I ate in every cafe and restaurant in Ireland, this simply would not have been possible, but I made a good stab at it. Below are a few places that stand out in my mind for having great food and ambience, two essential elements to guarantee a good lunch stop.

The Beach House, Buncrana, Co. Donegal – Bright and modern with a distinct Hamptons beach house vibe. Fantastic seafood dishes, delicious deserts and an excellent wine list. Lunch or dinner, you’ll dine well. Sit back and let the hours slip by as you enjoy views across Lough Swilly.

The Beach Bar, Aughris Head, Co. Sligo – A traditional thatched bar with oodles of charm, cosy snugs, fab location and great homely food. You’ll want to pitch your tent in the field next door and stay for the evening session.

Ard Bia at Nimmos, Galway, Co. Galway – Quirky and fun, with the best home-made soup and brown bread I’ve tasted.

Farmgate, Midleton, Co Cork – The great thing about Farmgate is you can either eat in the cafe or choose goodies from the food store  if the weather is fine and you fancy a picnic. Marog O’Brien is one of the pioneers in Ireland’s foodie movement, focusing on regional and local food producers.

The Happy Pear, Greystones, Co. Wicklow – I love the whole ethos of this place. Healthy, wholesome, quirky, delicious and a whole lot of fun.

Made in Belfast, Belfast – If you want something a little different, totally quirky and great food, you won’t be disappointed with this great place!

Good Things Cafe, Durrus, Co. Cork – This small cafe is packed with locals, so book in advance and enjoy the delights of Carmel’s seasonal menu. For the aspiring cooks out there, book into one of the cookery courses to learn how to use fresh produce to create masterpieces. Then invite me over for dinner 🙂

Reel Dingle Fish, Dingle, Co. Kerry – There is nothing better than sitting on the water’s edge, eating take-out of Fish & Chips. Look no further than here. Heaven.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Feb 8 2012

    Hi Julianne,

    Thanks for giving the Beach House in Buncrana a lovely mention – and any time you are in the area we would love to welcome you to the Beach House. Kind Regards, Claire Mc Gowan, Proporietor, The Beach House Buncrana

  2. Feb 9 2012

    Hi Claire,

    No problem, I loved your restaurant. We visited on a cold, blustery day and enjoyed delicious food overlooking the lough. We vowed to return for a long, lazy dinner! I hope to make it up to the Inishowen Food Festival in May, so will definitely come then!
    Kind Regards,

  3. Feb 27 2012

    Hi Julianne,

    Sounds good – would love to welcome you to the Beach House if you are up in May for the food festival. Hope to see you then. Claire


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