This welcoming Ballyconnell pub is a real crowd-pleaser with classic pub grub done to perfection. Visitors here enjoy tasty plates of deep-fried cod, homemade lasagne, and chicken Kiev, while kids are kept happy with burgers, sausages and chicken nuggets. The small intimate pub space at the front of the pub gives way to a larger space at the back, with sturdy tables, candles and a welcoming atmosphere. (
There's an undeniable rustic beauty to Tara and Geroid Lynch's beautiful and historic restaurant in the genteel village of Cloverhill, County Cavan. Set within the old post office dating from the 1800s, you can choose from the atmospheric old dining room with stone walls, timber beams and roaring fire; a brighter, modern space; and even a private dining room. Either way, you'll enjoy superbly crafted dishes using the finest ingredients from local suppliers. (theoldepostinn.com)
This warm and welcoming old pub makes a great place to enjoy a casual pub lunch on a quiet afternoon, when soft light floods through the windows into the humble stone-walled space. The original old wattle wood ceiling and roaring fires lend it a distinctly charming atmosphere. Enjoy relaxed classics such as roast beef and BLTs, or go for more refined dishes within the smart dining room in the evenings. (thesevenhorseshoes.com)
It's hard to get a better experience than sitting by the fire in Smyth's and enjoying a rich, warming bowl of beef stew, and maybe even a pint of Guinness! This is a fabulous little pub – quirky, friendly, traditional and it's a delight both at lunchtime or in the evening, when you might get a bit of music thrown into the mix.
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Not far from Leitrim Village in Carrick-on-Shannon, this award-winning eatery serves up excellent bar food that keeps a keen eye on provenance and quality. Owners Conor and Ronan Maher are members of Slow Food Ireland, and it shows. Dishes are a cut above your average pub grub favourites, with offerings such as Andarl Farm free-range pork loin, apricot and raisin stuffing, pork cheek and apple spring roll, leeks, onion purée, and potato and sage bon bon jus. Delicious. (theoarsman.com)