Local gossip is dissected each morning amid the smells of fresh coffee and the wondrous baked treats emerging form the oven. Tables overlook the townside bustle or boats moored out back.
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This popular hotel has a good menu of local seafood and steaks on offer throughout the day. Enjoy quality ocean salmon and shellfish or one of many specials in the bright and simple dining room or in the usually crowded pub.
This deservedly popular dinner spot is booked up solid night after night for its carefully crafted seafood and meat dishes. Tables outside are a summer-night treat. Call to confirm opening hours.
Castlegregory & Around
Set up above the R560 northern coast road, this dark-peach-painted place has an open-plan interior with a stone fireplace and book-filled shelves running the full width of the walls. In-the-know locals head here for its gourmet burgers with handcut chips. There are cosy B&B rooms (with wi-fi) onsite and a cluster of villas (without wi-fi) for self-caterers out back.
Entering this 1866-built coastguard station feels like arriving at a low-key village pub. But a narrow doorway at the back of the bar leads to a striking, whitewashed contemporary space with lights glittering from midnight-blue ceiling panels, stained-glass and metallic fish sculptures, a pianist, and huge picture windows overlooking the water.
Gap of Dunloe
Cloghane & Around
Decorated with fittings from a convent, an orphanage and a school, this Celtic deco restaurant doubles as the town museum, with Jonathan Fisher's 18th-century views of the national park taking pride of place. Try the house speciality, boxty (potato pancake).
By day, Gavin Gleeson's gem of a cafe serves dishes like beer-battered salmon and salads such as almond-crusted goats' cheese with raspberry dressing. Dinner, offering mains like maple-glazed pork, is a more upmarket affair.