Surf Coast: where to eat

Knocknarea, County Sligo

Comforting homemade soda bread, freshly caught seafood and steaks flambéed on antique swords – the Surf Coast has a feast for every mood

Nook Café, Collooney

With a constantly changing menu of local, organic and seasonal ingredients, Nook Café in Collooney, County Sligo, showcases the best of Irish food. Fuel up for the day with Nook’s vegan take on the full Irish breakfast, or a perfectly poached Eggs Benedict with sourdough toast.

Don’t let appearances fool you. This is a little gem. Food absolutely superb, beautifully presented and tastes delicious.

Noel, TripAdvisor

The café is also known for its delicious lunches with cuisine fusions from all over the world. Fancy a Korean fried chicken burger or an Irish take on a Canadian Poutine, anyone? Nook offers vegetarian and vegan options as well as a full gluten-free menu and a healthy ‘kid-size’ menu so everyone will leave satisfied.

Coopershill Estate, Riverstown

Coopershill Estate’s food is so fresh most of the fruit and vegetables are grown just outside the dining room window! This gorgeous old house sits on a 500-acre estate so there’s always something delicious in season.

The food, lovingly prepared by the chef, is faultless, we savoured every morsel...

Kellie, TripAdvisor

The manor house serves breakfast, afternoon tea and a four-course dinner, so whether you’re an overnight guest or just passing through, you won’t leave hungry. Sink into a sumptuous antique sofa with a selection of homemade cakes and the special house blend of tea and leave the world behind for a while.

Eithna’s By the Sea, Mullaghmore

Overlooking Mullaghmore, Ethna’s By The Sea is the best way to experience the Surf Coast without getting your feet wet. Sample the best of Irish seafood with its expertly prepared shellfish platters of lobster, prawns, crab and mussels, or treat yourself to a dozen Wild Atlantic oysters.

Eithna's is a lovely family run restaurant with picturesque views overlooking Mullaghmore Harbour. The fish is always beautifully fresh and cooked to perfection.

Sarah, TripAdvisor

Eithna’s exploration of the sea doesn’t end there: seaweed and sea vegetables are a key part of this delicious menu, popping up in seafood dishes, breads and desserts. You can even bring the sea home with you with Eithna’s homemade Wild Atlantic seaweed pesto.

Shells Café, Strandhill

Shells Café takes great pride in its home baking and everything is made in-house, from its famous soda bread and brioche to cupcakes and brownies. If you’re hungry for more than dessert, the café has a lunch menu packed with healthy and hearty options.

This place is just gorgeous. Beautiful poached eggs, French toast with almonds, yogurt, edible flowers, not to mention the pastries. What's not to love?!

Happy, TripAdvisor

If you want to take the delicious flavours back home with you, Shell’s Little Shop sells cookbooks featuring its most popular recipes and guides to local food stories.

Montmartre, Sligo

With its mix of fresh local ingredients and delicious French cuisine, Montmartre is a wonderfully elegant dining experience.

The menu was full of tasty looking dishes so it was hard to choose. Everything we ordered from starters through to dessert was beautifully presented and tasted even better. This was easily the best food I've had in a long time.

Gerard, Facebook

The restaurant makes great use of the coast’s fantastic seafood, serving Irish mussels with a French twist, and each dish looks as good as it tastes.

Belleek Castle Restaurant, Ballina

Step back in time for a banquet at Belleek Castle. Sit at the hand-carved antique oak table in the old manor library and try the Famous Drunken Bullock – steak flambéed on a 15th century Spanish Armada Conquistador sword – for a meal you will never forget.

The real thing! Flaming steaks on swords, delicious menu and drinks in an authentic castle setting. We had a wonderful time.

Ellen, TripAdvisor

Belleek Castle’s award-winning menu food is the perfect mix of innovation and tradition, with the richest flavours the region has to offer.

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