Donegal is fast catching up with more famous gourmet centres like Kinsale and can now offer both visitors and locals a wide choice of excellent restaurants suitable for all tastes and pockets. Choosing or recommending a restaurant is a very personal matter. As the old saying goes “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”. Below we offer a number of recommended restaurants for clients staying at Donegal Thatched Cottages. Bear in mind that there are half a dozen other restaurants in the general Burtonport/Dungloe area, which another person might have chosen or recommended.
Just up the road from the cottages, at the entrance to Cruit Island, the Viking House offers excellent food at affordable prices. The Friday fresh fish dish is particularly recommended. Full licence.
Danny Minnies, officially known as Teach Killindaragh, is situated on the left hand side of the road as you go into Annagry, about six miles from the cottages. Ideal for a special occasion when you are looking for nothing but the best. Friendly atmosphere, open log fire, excellent food, wonderful presentation. Full licence. Advance booking recommended especially in high season.
The Bayview Bar is located close to the Garda Barracks on Main Street in Dungloe, about six miles from the cottages. It has recently been completely renovated and offers excellent cuisine at reasonable rates, in very pleasant surroundings. Full licence. Lunches served during the day in addition to evening meals. Friendly service. Advance booking recommended especially in high season.
Tel. 074 9561682
Situated on the left side of the road as you go into the fishing village of Burtonport, about five miles from the cottages. Sometimes known as Kellys. Atmospheric pub with fishing motif. Meals served in the pub area or in separate restaurant. As the name suggests it specialises in seafood, including whole lobster. For full evening meal, advance booking is recommended, particularly in high season.
Tel. 074 9542012
Situated on the right hand side of the main street in Dungloe, about six miles from the cottages, Dohertys will appeal in particular to families with children, as it is reasonably priced, with fast service, and offers set lunches from noon till 3 pm. Outside of those hours a la carte served speedily and efficiently. Also offers a take-away service. No need to book.
Situated in on the roadside Mullaghduff, Kincasslagh, about 5 miles north of the cottages, this atmospheric restaurant/pub offers excellent food in a relaxed and friendly setting.
Tel 074 9543368
Birth home to Enya and Clannad, Leo’s Tavern is situated on the left hand side of the road just before you reach Crolly, about 12 miles from the cottages. Ideal for those who would like to combine an evening meal with live music later on. Newly extended, this restaurant/pub offers excellent wholesome food at reasonable rates. We particularly recommend the delicious Irish Stew. Advance booking recommended in high season.