The Midlands restaurants

Top Choice International in Carrick-on-Shannon

Cottage

Set in a small whitewashed cottage overlooking a weir and right by the River Shannon, this humble-looking place belies the superb quality of food on offer within. Chef Sham Hanifa's menu offers seasonal dishes creat…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Carrick-on-Shannon

Oarsman

This upmarket pub near the river serves up some of the best casual fare in the region. The menu is seasonal and locally sourced, from excellent burgers to more complex mains. Choose from a great list of Irish microb…
Top Choice Cafe in Abbeyleix

Gallic Kitchen

Set in an old haberdashery shop named Bramley's, this outlet of the Gallic Kitchen sets mouths watering for anyone familiar with the food of chef Sarah Webb. Her delicious jams, preserves, baked goods and other trea…
Top Choice Cafe in Athlone

Lowe & Co

This lovely cafe is an upstairs/downstairs place serving up cakes, sandwiches and other goodies, all made from organic produce. The upstairs room doubles as a library with a couple of comfy sofas and there's always …
Top Choice Modern Irish in Birr

Spinners on Castle St

On Castle St as it hits the bend by the castle wall, this alluring restaurant is part of a complex that spans five restored Georgian houses. The bar is the perfect place to pause with a cheeseboard or burger, while …
Top Choice Modern Irish in Athlone

Left Bank Bistro

With an airy, whitewashed interior, shelves of house-made goods, and a menu combining superior Irish ingredients with Mediterranean and Asian influences, this sophisticated deli-bistro is a winner. Lunch features bi…
Top Choice Pub Food in Kinnitty

Giltraps Pub

The perfect place to stop after exploring the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this lovely country pub scores across the board. Food ranges from simple sandwiches to top-notch barbecque. You can enjoy a pint outside at a pic…
Top Choice Cafe in Mullingar

Miller & Cook

Your one-stop shop for fine food and drink in Mullingar. The bakery and deli turn out beautiful goods, perfect for bagging up for a picnic. The cafe serves excellent locally sourced fare and Sunday brunch is popular…
Top Choice Cafe in Birr

Brambles Cafe & Deli

A tiny outpost of big flavours, this cafe has mismatched furniture and very tasty food. The soda bread is accented with wild garlic, while the soups change with the seasons. Look for the desserts, which can include …
Cafe in Athlone

Bastion Kitchen

This charming little mainstay cafe and bar hangout is located on Athlone's left bank (opposite the Bastion B&B) and attracts a fun local crowd; it only serves organic produce and there's a deli here too. Go for …