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Top Choice Pub in Cooley Peninsula


Overflowing inside and out with bric-a-brac – milk cans, lanterns, antlers, church pews, crockery, street signs, barrels, bellows, bank notes and even tables dangling upside-down from the ceiling – Fitzpatrick's is …
Top Choice Brewery in Carlingford

Carlingford Brewing Company

Tours of this craft brewery 8km southwest of Carlingford on the R173 start with a sample, take you through the brewing process (one to 1½ hours) and then end with three more tastings. The post-tour lunch of local ch…
Viewpoint in Cooley Peninsula

Flagstaff Viewpoint

Travelling along the Cooley Peninsula from Carlingford to Newry in Northern Ireland, a quick 3km detour rewards you with sweeping views of Carlingford Lough, framed by forested mountains, green fields and the sparkl…
Cafe in Carlingford

Liberty Cafe

Set over two levels, Liberty has brightly coloured flowers painted on its whitewashed exterior and mismatched vintage furniture inside. Freshly made dishes include soups such as spiced lentil and pumpkin or carrot a…
Modern Irish in Carlingford

Bay Tree

Simple, stylishly presented dishes made from seasonal locally sourced ingredients (some grown in its own polytunnel) at this little restaurant attached to Belvedere House include squash and mushroom agnolotti with s…
Cafe in Carlingford

Ruby Ellen's Tea Rooms

In a charming cottage with eggshell-blue walls, mismatched chairs and lace tablecloths, Ruby Ellen's serves wraps, bagels, jacket potatoes with gourmet toppings such as smoked salmon, crab meat and lemon zest, or po…
Pub Food in Carlingford

PJ O'Hares

Hearty main courses at this award-winning gastro pub include pies (beef and Guinness or salmon, cod and cockle), but you can easily fill up on tapas-style starters including Carlingford oysters. Weather depending, h…
Cafe in Carlingford

McAteers the Food House

Pick up picnic ingredients, sandwiches and wraps at McAteers, or sit down for breakfast (eg bacon and goat's cheese omelettes) or light, healthy lunch dishes like baked tomato and pesto bruschetta or superfood salad…
Modern Irish in Carlingford

Ghan House

The restaurant at Ghan House is renowned for its classic multicourse menus (no à la carte) incorporating its own breads, stocks, ice creams and sauces, and herbs and vegetables from its garden. Be sure to book.
Food & Drink in Carlingford

Carlingford Oyster Festival

This rollicking four-day event toasts Carlingford's famous oysters with an oyster treasure hunt, fishing competition, music, food markets and a regatta on Carlingford Lough.