Tig Congaile, Inis Meain, Co Galway

Tig Cognaill

What makes a great hospitality experience? Ireland is blessed with a generous sprinkling of those uniquely satisfying places where beautiful and enriching surroundings combine with an owner who is exceptionally gifted in hospitality and conveys that gift to everyone and everything associated with the business.

Ireland’s offshore islands are keenly sought-after destinations these days, loved for their other worldliness and sense of continuity with an almost forgotten way of life – and they can offer some famous places to eat and stay in the tourism mix. But sometimes the simpler and longer-established places can provide an especially memorable experience. Sitting outside on a fine day, the peace and the view make Vilma and Padric Conneely’s Inis Meain restaurant and accommodation feel like the best spot on the island, for example. A pioneer of what has become the new food movement, Vilma (who worked in banking in California, met and married Padric, came back home with him and opened Tigh Congaile 1993) has always loved using organic and sea vegetables - long before it became popular. Her wonderful Sea Vegetable Soup is a speciality known well beyond the islands, and was a favourite of the late great Myrtle Allen, no less. Dinner here is really good and, even though less publicised than some of the restaurants on the islands, Vilma’s cooking is on a par with the best – and a stay here will linger long in the mind.

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Tig Congaile

Aran Islands, Co. Galway
1 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. Outstanding Location, building or 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
Arriving on Inis Meain in the Aran Islands by boat, you will see Tig Congaile on the hill above the original harbour. It is a lovely pale primrose painted, green-silled house with a perfectly manicured lawn surrounding it, and it’s just a 3-minut ...

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