Monday, 17 August 2009


Pics - top Croagh Patrick from Old Head Beach/Forest, bottom, Clew Bay from the lower section of Croagh Patrick, just behind the statue of himself.

So, anyone going to be in Mayo anytime soon? If you are, I can highly recommend your eating establishment. DO NOT go past the Tavern Bar and restaurant at Murrisk. The food is scrumptious. Upstairs they do a la carte menu - I can still taste it. Mmmmm (Homer Simpson moment). Downstairs they serve Bar food - it is terrific quality - we ate just about everything on the menu when we were there recently. The serving staff are fabulous, very attentive, full of manners.

Portions are generous - they know how to feed actual people. Huge oval plates stuffed with the best of fare. Side dishes aplenty, check out the Sumo fries. Nothing is to much trouble, a little milk to cool the children's potatoes? problem. The only thing missing at the Tavern is a member of staff especially assigned to come out and massage your tummy in between courses to make more room.

It's a buzzing little spot that is very family friendly, but not in a chips mashed into the floor sort of way. The Tavern manages to cater for families without losing it's grip on cleanliness like so many other places. There's always a lovely mix of locals and tourists of all vintages.

The location is fabulous, on the coast road between Westport and Louisburgh, ideal thing to do is eat dinner at the Tavern and then drive over the road to the ruins of the Abbey where you can watch the sunset over Clew bay while admiring the ruins and of course Croagh Patrick, the Holy mountain.

That's two years in a row we've eaten there, and I'm saving to go again. Ask for Ruth, tell her I sent you, you won't be disappointed...


  1. Sounds absolutely delightful! If I ever make it "across the pond" from Canada I will be sure to stop by.

  2. Oh great pictures, thanks for the tip.

  3. Well Claire - I think you have missed your calling as a travel writer! I want to go there RIGHT NOW! I can just hear all the chatter and smell all the delicious cooking!!

    funny - the word verification I have to type in is PENNE ! but none of that would be served at this IRISH tavern/pub/restaurant!!!

  4. Look forward to celebrating our thirtyfifth wedding anniversary with a big trip across the pond--will add this to the itinerary for when we get there.
    So what if there is still another year to go, You make it sound so good RIGHT NOW!

  5. Beautiful, beautiful photos Claire! You've made me really hungry reading this!

  6. Love the pics Claire. I really wish that I'd had the chance to visit the restaurant in Murrisk on the day we climbed the reek - it took me the best part of a week to recover from it!

  7. Great photos! I just wanted to let you know I got the stamps I ordered on the 8th in the mail today. It took just one week from the day I received my shipping notice for them to show up at my door here in southern Minnesota. Just thought you might like to know how long it took.
    Oh, and they are fabulous! I love them!

  8. You must be in heaven...this looks to me to be the most beautiful country on the planet! Thanks for sharing your views of the various locations you have visited!

  9. Oh dear, Claire, now you've gone and made me hungry, darn it! We're just having leftover sandwiches for dinner, too, and I really want pub fare, like beef and stilton pie with some mashers!


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