2019 Award Winners CAFE OF THE YEAR 2019


Jack Fenn's Courtyard Café, Belleek Castle, Ballina, Co Mayo


Jack Fenn

This award gives recognition to the best of those valuable all-day operations – usually small and owner-run – which not only lift the visitor’s spirits in a flash, but also the reputation of any town or village lucky enough to be its chosen location. The Guide seeks out good cooking based on quality ingredients - and especially the home baking that can be the highlight of a day out. This one, however, goes a long way beyond home baking…

Situated just outside Ballina amidst 1,000 acres of woodland and forestry, on the banks of the River Moy, Paul Doran’s castle was the ancestral home of the Earl of Arran and, with a 16th century armoury, big open fires, quirky Armada Bar and massive chandeliers, it now makes an unusual small hotel. It manages to combine old world charm with modern comforts - and, offering impressive cooking of local and homegrown produce, the romantically candlelit restaurant is a special dining destination. In 2018 this gorgeous new café opened in the old stone courtyard adjacent to the castle and - not surprisingly, considering the atmospheric surroundings, great food, friendly staff and outdoor seating - it was a runaway success from day one.
 


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Belleek Castle & Jack Fenn's Courtyard Café

Ballina, Co. Mayo
Castle / Hotel / Restaurant
2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Situated just outside Ballina amidst 1,000 acres of woodland and forestry, on the banks of the River Moy, Paul Doran’s castle was the ancestral home of the Earl of Arran and, with a 16th century armoury, big open fires and massive chandeliers amo ...


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