Restaurants

Top Choice Gastronomy in Blacklion

MacNean House & Restaurant

Award-winning TV chef Neven Maguire grew up in this gorgeous village house and has turned it into one of Ireland's finest restaurants/cookery schools. Book months in advance (or nab a last-minute cancellation online…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Slane

Tankardstown House

Recently restored by the owners of the Conyngham Arms, this spectacular manor house and orangery on 32 hectares 10km northwest of Slane dates from the 18th century. Its evening restaurant, Brabazon, is its centrepie…
Top Choice Gastropub in Carrickmacross

Riverbank County Pub

On the banks of the River Glyde (the source of salmon served here), this gem is 7.5km southeast of Carrickmacross on the County Louth border. A roaring fire warms the dining area, with no TVs to distract from fantas…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Butlersbridge

Olde Post Inn

The lovely little village of Cloverhill, 4km north of Butlersbridge, is best known for its award-winning gastronomic restaurant housed in an 1884 former post office. Star chef Gearoid Lynch's contemporary cuisine is…
Top Choice Cafe in Dundalk

Strandfield

On a working farm, this skylit, retrofitted barn houses a wondrous bakery, deli, florist and homewares shop as well as all-organic vegetarian cafe. For breakfast, expect French toast with walnuts and honey or smashe…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Dundalk

Eno

Bare boards, bold colours and conversation-piece objets d'art established Eno as central Dundalk's best restaurant, along with outstanding wood-fired pizzas and Med-inspired dishes such as angel-hair pasta with Duna…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Drogheda

Kitchen

Fronted by a sage-green facade, Drogheda's best restaurant is aptly named for its shiny open kitchen. Organic local produce is used along with worldly ingredients such as Cypriot halloumi and Serrano ham. Breads are…
Seafood in Around Drogheda

Coastguard Seafoods

On menus throughout Ireland, you'll see fêted Annagassan smoked salmon, which is oak-smoked here in the village by fisherman Terry Butterly. Call in advance to check someone's around, and look for the green door to …
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…
Bistro in Kells

Vanilla Pod

Bright and contemporary, this restaurant inside the Headfort Arms Hotel features an ambitious bistro-style menu. Well-prepared dishes from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients range from venison with blackberry jus…