Towns Restaurants & Cafes
The Falls at Ennistymon
We love the diversity of County Clare and enjoy exploring the towns and villages across the county and trying out the restaurants and cafes. Here are a few that we have enjoyed and hope you like them too.
Ennis (15 mins from Burkedale) is the county town of County Clare. The Irish name is short for Inis Cluana Rámhfhada. The town is on the River Fergus, north of where it enters the Shannon Estuary. It offers a fascinating blend of old and new Ireland in one uniquely, individual, charming and character-rich place, where every street has a story to tell, welcome is a way of life, tradition lives and progress excites. Ennis farmers market is held every Friday
The Town Hall Bistro
One of our favorite restaurants and ideal for that special meal, The Town Hall Bistro is located in what was formerly Ennis’ Town Hall, it offers a modern and creative style of cooking and has established itself as one of the leading restaurants in Ennis. Excellent coffee and freshly baked scones are enjoyed as a mid-morning break and a tasty, bistro-style lunch menu is served throughout the day. Treat yourself to afternoon tea with a slice of Berry Crumble or Pear and Chocolate Tart. Local ingredients take centre stage throughout the menu, sourced locally from a network of passionate producers.
At night-time, The Town Hall Ennis truly comes into its own. for intimate, candlelit tables, creating a perfect setting for an exquisite dining experience in Ennis.
The Rowan Tree Cafe Bar
This beautifully restored 18th century restaurant provides an evocative but relaxed ambience in which to enjoy award-winning Mediterranean-inspired cuisine packed with the goodness of locally-sourced fresh produce.
Complement your food with an interesting selection of wines and beers and enjoy their outdoor, riverside terrace.
The Poet's Corner
The Poet’s Corner Bar in the Old Ground Hotel Ennis is noted for its comfortable atmosphere, where locals and visitors can share a drink, or a story or two. When the weather turns blustery and cold outside, the warm and intimate alcoves are heaven-sent. Enjoy a hot Irish whiskey or a ‘Pint of Plain’.
Visitors can also drop in for lunch, an evening meal or even just a tea or coffee. Poet’s Corner provides diners with a plethora of delicious options.
Local ingredients are incorporated throughout the menu, sourced from a well-established network of local producers.
Also a great venue for traditional music
Brogan's Bar & Restaurant
Steeped in tradition, Brogan’s is one of the oldest family-run pubs in Ennis. Located in the Heart of Ennis, Brogan’s serves great food, and has an extensive array of drinks from Craft Beers to Whiskey & Gins. Traditional Irish Music Sessions Most Nights.
Sweet n Green Cafe
Under the calm eye of Head Chef Lukasz Batyra, and in the artful hands of our passionate chefs, there is always the desire to produce dishes that are both creative and nourishing.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or a simple dessert for that sugar fix, the dedicated kitchen team take pride in creating a memorable dining experience. Brown bread, scones & desserts are baked from 6 a.m. in the Food Heaven kitchen. All the salads are made fresh in house. Their homemade dressings and pestos are now available to buy to take home.
Passatempo is, as the name suggests, a place where you can come to pass some time and escape for a while. Whether you want some hearty Italian food, a quick espresso to give you a boost or to just relax with a glass of wine or two this is great choice
It is a traditional Italian cafe bar where you can enjoy a variety of freshly cooked pastas,sandwiches , cold meats, cheeses and salads.
Sweet treats such as croissants, scones and sponge cake are available daily while Italian style desserts such as Tiramisu, Affogato al Caffe and ice-cream can also be availed of. Great Italian coffee and the best Mocha in town. Wine is served throughout the day.
A friendly warm relaxing atmosphere serving great Coffee, a wide range of Tea’s, Wine’s, Sandwiches, Soup, Salad and Pizza’s.
Also has an outside seating area
Communal wooden benches are quite deliberately placed where friends and strangers come together to chat, unwind and linger for a while.
Homemade breads, soups, salads and cakes are akll delicious and can be eaten in with coffee or tea or taken away to enjoy back at Burkedale
The North Clare area is dominated by the Burren; small towns and villages emerged on the fringes of its rocky borders. Ennistymon, Doolin, Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora and Corofin form its southern boundary while Fanore and Ballyvaughan clip the northern end. Each town has its own unique character and there are great places to eat everywhere as well as farmers markets and local shops
Ennistymon (20 mins from Burkedale)is the second largest town in Clare. It has been a thriving market town for centuries and many original colourful shopfronts remain in use.
Lahinch (25 mins from Burkedale)adjacent to Ennistymon is the seaside town of Lahinch. Famous for surfing you will find a number of surf schools along its front
Kilfenora (20 mins from Burkedale) is world-famous for its Ceili Band and it also has the highest concentration of celtic High Crosses in Ireland as well as a 10th century cathedral. The Burren Centre in Kilfenora has a wealth of information on the Burren, its archaeology, flora, fauna and geology.
Corofin (10 mins from Burkedale) is located on the River Fergus, and a favourite haunt for fishermen. It also has the Clare Heritage Centre, and a comprehensive Genealogical service for those chasing their Clare roots.
Lisdoonvarna (30 mins from Burkedale) is famous for its Matchmaking festival that takes place in Septmeber and is home of the Burren Slow Food Festival which takes place in May.
Doolin (30 mins from Burkledale) is a charming quaint former fishing village where you catch the boats to the Aran Islands. Doolin represents the heart and soul of Irish traditional music.
The coastal town of Ballyvaughan (35 mins from Burkedale) is located in one of the most beautiful parts of county Clare. This area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts; walking, surfing, fishing and scuba-diving to name but a few
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The Cheese Press
Located in the main street Ennistymon, the Cheese Press provides top quality natural food, locally roasted coffee, organic sourdough, yoga studio, cheese boards, vegan plates and locally sourced organic soup delicious toasted cheese sandwiches !
O'Looney's Bar & Restaurant
O’Looneys Bar is suitated on the promenade in Lahinch.
With stunning breath taking views of the Atlantic Ocean. With panoramic views over the beautiful beach of Lahinch, O’Looneys offers an unmissable experience, whether you are looking to enjoy a cool beer or a refreshing glass of wine, a light lunch or a full course meal.
The Market House is a family run traditional butcher shop, deli and café. The foodhall offers people a unique shopping experience in the heart of North Clare. The shop is a place where there is always time to stop for a chat and we are delighted to give advice on all cuts of meat and the best ways to prepare them. Pop by the deli and have a tasty freshly roast coffee whilst browsing through our wide range of local and Irish artisan produce.
http://markethouseennistymon.com/ in Ennistymon
Wild Honey Inn
Located in Lisdoonvarna The Wild Honey Inn is Irelands only one star Michelin pub. They have re-invented the concept of the Irish pub – combining refined bistro cooking with the ambience and warmth of a traditional country inn. There’s an earthy approach in the kitchen, using the freshest, seasonal ingredients from Ireland’s natural larder.
West Clare offers dramtic coastal scenery, stunning views and a great choice of places to eat.
The heritage town of Kilrush (45 mins from Burkedale) is the second largest town in Clare, a historically important market town, lies on the Shannon estuary and has a busy marina. It is a traditional market town with a farmers market on Thursday mornings
Kilkee (50 mins form Burkedale) offers quite a few natural amenities around its horseshoe-shaped bay. The safe sheltered sandy beach is protected by Duggerna Reef, which is a natural wonder itself with some large and small rock pools full of marine life. Breathtaking cliff walks offer splendid scenery.
The Loop Head Peninsula (80mins from Burkedale) as part of the Wild Atlantic Way you will enjoy an amazing scenic drive to the lighthouse. Loop Head is bordered by the Atlantic ocean on one side offering fantastic cliff scenery with panoramic views, and the Shannon Estuary on the other side, with plenty of quiet beauty spots to pause and relax.
The Long Dock
The Long Dock is a Georgina Campbell and McKenna Guide award winning restaurant in the traditional fishing village of Carrigaholt. On the Wild Atlantic Way drive to the Loop Head Lighthouse it’s the perfect location to stop and enjoy lunch on Loop Head.
Diamond Rocks Cafe
Located on the cliff walk, over looking the Pollockholes, Kilkee. . This family run business serves breakfast, lunch, pizza, coffee, wine & beer, large range of homemade deserts, very popular chowder & soups, panini, wraps, sandwiches, scones.
Founded in 1879, ‘Keating’s Bar & Restaurant’, is charmingly situated on the seafront overlooking Kilbaha harbour and claims to be the nearest bar to New York! This popular pub and eatery, is renowned for its locally caught, fresh seafood, as well as, for its warm welcome and traditional, family-friendly, atmosphere.
East Clare encompasses the spirit of Ireland’s Hidden Heartland’s. Get active in Nature and explore the region’s natural hidden treasures by exploring great walking trails, greenways and woodlands. Enjoy pristine waterways with boating, fishing, kayaking & paddling and experience the beauty of the River Shannon as it settles into the picturesque Lough Derg.
Killaloe (60 mins from Burkedale) lies on the River Shannon on the western bank of Lough Derg and is connected by KillBridge to the “twin town” of Ballina on the eastern bank of the lake.
Mountshannon (55 mins from Burkedale) is a beautiful and scenic village with its foundation in the 18th century. It is located on the shores of Lough Derg.
Scariff (45 mins from Burkedale) is a small town situated in the heart of East Clare, close to the shores of Lough Derg. It’s harbour is the focus of the annual harbour festival held over the August bank holiday weekend.In addition to the festival, many other events of note take place in Scariff during the year. Among these is the week-long East Clare Drama Festival in March/April, which is the longest running drama festival in the country. The Scariff Show in early September attracts a national audience for its show jumping and agricultural classes.
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The Wooden Spoon
The Wooden Spoon in Killaloe is a relaxed and friendly Cafe/bakery widely known for their great cakes and coffee. All of their food is prepared in theiropen kitchen by a dedicated team of foodies, with a passion for flavour and sourcing of local organic produce.
McNamara's Bar & Bistro
Located in the main street Scariff McNamara’s has a welcoming, friendly atmospere and serves excellent food.