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Courtyard Kitchen

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Café / Wine Bar

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Courtyard Kitchen
Main Street, Carrick on Shannon Co Leitrim
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Tel: +353 71 967 1894

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Although it’s one of the newer businesses in a town with plenty of good eating places to choose from, a policy of offering quality with value soon earned this modern café-restaurant a local following
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Café
  • Informal
  • Sunday Dining

Courtyard Kitchen

Although it’s one of the newer businesses in a town with plenty of good eating places to choose from, a policy of offering quality with value soon earned this modern café-restaurant a local following.


It’s a bit out of the way so visitors are unlikely to find it by chance but, with tables set up outside for fine weather and a welcoming display of goodies on the counter inside the door, it’s a nice little spot to find.


Inside, the restaurant has a pleasant smart-casual ambience, with black-topped tables promisingly sporting salt and pepper mills - and also a bottle of the house oil (sensibly tucked behind the coffee menu to protect it from light).


With long opening hours, it’s the kind of place where menus tend to evolve through the day and, while there will be more casual food on offer during the day, there’s some overlap onto the evening menus.


Soup of the day for example (a tasty carrot & orange, perhaps, served with good freshly baked bread and proper butter), and popular starters such as homemade chicken paté (served with mixed leaves, chutney and crusty French bread) and Donegal smoked salmon (with cucumber & dill crème fraiche) are great anytime dishes. Variations of favourites like steaks and fish & chips are also wisely included on both menus, although the daytime dish will be more casual than the dressier evening version.


Freshly homemade dishes are the norm, and it’s nice to see the traditional potato dish Leitrim boxty on the menu - it makes a good partner for smoked salmon, in the same way as blini. Vegetarians are well looked after and there’s an awareness of other dietary needs too, with everything on the menu either gluten free or replaceable with a gluten free alternative.


A sensibly organised (if not very informative) wine list is reasonably priced, and pleasant and helpful staff create a relaxed atmosphere.

Open: L&D daily. A la carte. House wines from €18 (carafe from €12.50; glass from €5.00). abbreviations
Last Updated: 06-03-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Directions

Off the upper end of the main street; a laneway at a new development leads to a courtyard – look for a sign above the entrance (not obvious from the road).

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Comments

14th January 2013
tony beirne
Focus on Waterways means almost every Carrick establishment features.Anondyne menu assumes a clientele fearful of food.Gloomy modernist celtic tiger development with no thought for design.Discordant R&B muzak unconducive to eating pleasure.Amateurish service by a solitary untrained waitress
18th January 2013
Admin
I don't know the circumstances of your visit,Tony, or what your expectations were of a popular but modest neighbourhood restaurant - or, for that matter, what 'a clientele fearful of food' may be - but our own experience was very different from yours. On a miserably cold, wet day, we were warmly welcomed and restored by simple, wholesome food with real homemade flavour, ably served by a friendly local waitress. I make no apology for a bias towards the waterways which (along with other rural areas) we have championed for decades. The number of recommendations in Carrick-on-Shannon is justified by the range of quality establishments, which is good for a town of its size. As for the architecture, few would disagree that Carrick-on-Shannon, and many towns like it, have been done a grave disservice by recent development - perhaps the saddest example of all along the waterways is at nearby Cootehall - but it is hardly fair to hold a small restaurant in any way responsible when apportioning the blame. Georgina

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