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The Oarsman Bar & Café

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Pub

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. Pub with good food and atmosphere 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
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The Oarsman Bar & Café
Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon Co Leitrim
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Tel: +353 71 962 1733

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The Oarsman Bar & Café is one of the country
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Family Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Open New Year
  • Smoking Area Heated
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Character Pub
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Informal
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Pub Grub
  • Traditional Pub
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Wine Bar/Café

The Oarsman Bar & Café

This attractive and characterful pub in Carrick on Shannon is run by brothers Conor and Ronan Maher, sons of former Carrick-on-Shannon hoteliers, Rosaleen and the late Tom Maher (see entry for Hollywell), and it will be very clear to anyone who visits that they’ve inherited “the hotelier’s gene”: everything is invariably spick-and-span, very welcoming and efficiently run, even at the busiest times.


The bar - which is very pleasantly set up in a solidly traditional style with two welcoming fires, comfortable seating arrangements for eating the excellent bar meals, and occasional contemporary tastes in the decor - leads off towards a sheltered beer garden at the back, which makes a spot for a sunny day.


A strong kitchen team produces consistently excellent food, offered on appealing lunchtime bar menus and more extensive à la carte evening menus offered upstairs.


Here you might have a great meal, beginning with seared Kilkeel scallops with spring onion potato cake, minted pea purée and lime crème fraiche, followed by any one of half a dozen terrific main courses, say slow braised Tom Beirne’s pork belly with ginger & herb marinated pork fillet, roast apple, colcannon mash, and balsamic reduction.


And, desserts have always been a speciality here, so don’t forget to save a space for a wonderful ending - delicious iced pineapple soufflé, with caramelised pineapple pieces, coconut & oatmeal cookies; and a chocolate plate - composed of warm dark chocolate torte, white chocolate & brandy mousse and organic truffle ice cream – both came in for special praise on a recent visit.


This is one of the country’s pleasantest pubs and it just goes on getting better - definitely worth a detour.

Bar food Tue-Sat L 12-3; snack menu 3-5pm; evening menu 5-9pm. Restaurant seats 40; not suitable for children after 9pm; free broadband wi/fi; D Thu-Sat 6.45-9.15pm. A la carte. House wine from about €17. Closed Sun, Mon, 25 Dec, Good Fri. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 06-03-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Town centre: coming from Dublin direction, turn right just before the bridge.

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