The Purple Heather

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Bar / Restaurant

2 euro 'Best Budget' denotes moderately priced establishment (max. less than €50pps for accommodation or €35 for 3-course meal without drinks) 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. Pub with good food and atmosphere The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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The Purple Heather
Henry Street, Kenmare Co Kerry
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Tel: +353 64 664 1016

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Open since 1964, Grainne O’Connell’s informal restaurant/bar was among the first to establish a reputation for good food in Kenmare
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Self Catering Also Avail
  • Bistro
  • Café
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

The Purple Heather

Open since 1964, and run by Grainne O’Connell since 1975, informal restaurant/bar was among the first to establish a reputation for good food in Kenmare, and is a daytime sister restaurant to Packie’s (see entry).


It’s a traditional darkwood and burgundy bar that gradually develops into an informal restaurant at the rear, as is the way in many of the best Kerry bars - and what they aim for and achieve, with commendable consistency, is good, simple, home-cooked food.


Start with refreshing freshly squeezed orange juice, well-made soups that come with home-baked breads, or salad made of organic greens with balsamic dressing.


Main courses include a number of seafood salads, vegetarian salads (cold and warm), pâtés including a delicious smoked salmon pâté plus a range of omelettes, sandwiches and open sandwiches (Cashel Blue cheese and walnut, perhaps, or crabmeat with salad) or Irish farmhouse cheeses (with a glass of L.B.V Offley port, if you like).


This is a great place, serving wonderfully wholesome food in a relaxed atmosphere - and it’s open almost all year.


*Grainne O’Connell also has self-catering accommodation available nearby.

Seats 45. Meals Mon-Sat, 11-5.30pm; house wine €20. Free broadband wifi. Closed Sun, Christmas, bank hols. Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 07-05-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Town centre - mid Henry Street (on right following traffic flow).

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