Rhonwen's Eyeries Bistro
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Rhonwen’s family-run restaurant offers a modern ambience, local art works, a sun trap garden and a menu (including for children) with options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets. Be welcome and eat well!
Rhonwen’s family-run Eyeries Bistro is in the heart of picturesque Eyeries Village on the unspoiled Beara Peninsula. It offers fine food, much of it sourced locally, comfortable, informal dining, and a modern ambience.
Food is prepared in the Bistro kitchen where breads are baked daily – organic brown and white loaves, thick crusty garlic bread from house baguettes, light and fluffy baps, and flat rosemary and tomato bread (a delicious starter, with three different hummus dips).
Fish landed in the nearby port of Castletownbere provide chowder and fish & chips (hand cut!). Mussels come from nearby Cleanderry Harbour, a Special Area of Conservation.
Rhonwen’s buffalo burgers are made from buffalo grazed at the base of the nearby Slieve Miskish Mountains and topped with award-winning local Milleens cheese.
The menu offers options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets. Rhonwen’s leek custarde, a creamy leek, herb, and tomato sauce layered with hazelnuts in a home-baked breadcrumb crumble, is a speciality. Sunday roasts include free range pork from a nearby farm.
And, as befits a family-run restaurant, children are especially welcome. They can choose simple pasta dishes, pan-fried free range chicken gougons, local sausages and mash, or the ‘gruffalo burger’, with hand-cut chips.
Coffee is freshly ground on demand and the sweet trolley caters for tastes ranging from traditional to decadent. Try Rhonwen’s upside-down apple pie, or the Italian ‘pick-me-up’ Tiramasu – coffee- and marsala- flavoured layers of cream cheese and whipped cream over ladyfingers!
There is a specials menu every day. Selected French wines and craft beers from the Galtee mountains complement sparkling apple juice from the family run Tipperary Apple Farm.
Canvas-printed photographs of the scenic, mystical antiquities and landscapes of Southwest Ireland, taken by local photographers, are on display and available for purchase. And there is a permanent collection of local artists, including Danny Osbourne, whose sculpture of Oscar Wilde is in Dublin’s Merrion Square; John Kingerley, who has been collected by both Bill and Hillary Clinton (separately!); as well as Cormac Boydell, Tim Goulding, and a primitive painter, the late Michael Sheehan, who began painting from memory when he returned to his homeland of Beara at the age of 82.
On a sunny afternoon, you can relax in the open-air garden terrace. And even if the rain beats down outside, in the intimate dining room only good food and good company matter. In Rhonwen’s Eyeries Bistro, you will be very welcome and you will eat well!
Open every day except Tuesday. Call or email for reservations.
Parking is not available at the Bistro, but there is ample on street parking available in Eyeries Village for which there are no restrictions and no charge.