This attractive and well-managed family-run restaurant in Clifden offers efficient, welcoming service and very agreeably stylish “good home cooking” all day, every day throughout a long season - and they have been doing so, with admirable consistency, since 1991.
The emphasis is very much on local fish from sustainable sources, but there's a fair choice for non-fish eaters, especially on the all-day menu which offers a wide range of lightish fare.
From sandwiches and wraps to panini, the international flavours are there - but how refreshing it is to find old friends like bacon & cabbage 'Mitchell's style', seafood chowder and fresh crab salad with home-made brown bread there amongst the home-made spicy fish cakes and duck wraps with spicy mayo. And what a good idea the Boxty Steak Burger is, set on a homemade potato cake (the 'boxty') instead of a bun, and served with tasty onion gravy.
There’s some overlap on to an à la carte evening menu, which offers a judicious selection from the day menu but the choice is much wider and includes half a dozen appealing meat and poultry dishes and a vegetarian dish of the day as well as eight or nine seafood dishes and a choice of main course salads. Everything is cooked in-house, including breads and desserts - and it shows, in the freshness and flavour.
This is a very fair place, offering honest food at honest prices – and, in the Guide’s recent experience, it is better than ever, the food really delicious and service outstanding.