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24 Hours in Leitrim – The Best Places to Eat, Drink And Sleep

24 Hours Leitrim

Leitrim may be one of Ireland’s smallest counties but it more than makes up for its small stature with its abundance of breathtaking landscapes. Known as the Ancient Kingdom of Breifne, Leitrim is full of history and tradition.

As part of the Wild Atlantic Way, Leitrim offers visitors a rugged coastline, several beautiful lakes, rivers, canals and impressive mountains.

Experience Irish hospitality at its finest in this laid-back county as you visit Enniskillen Castle, Boyle Abbey or the Marble Arch Caves.

You can also dine in the bustling town of Carrick-on-Shannon after a day exploring the natural wonders of Leitrim.

Breakfast & Coffee

Sweet Geranium

After completing Ballymaloe’s cookery course, Elaine McKeon, along with her husband Enda, opened Sweet Geranium Café & Bakery in Drumshanbo.

Offering a wide selection of freshly baked goods, seasonal salads and sandwiches and locally sourced ingredients, Sweet Geranium is a welcoming spot for a quick cup of coffee or a leisurely lunch with friends.

Glencar Teashed

When you want to dine al fresco the Glencar Teashed offers spectacular views of Glencar Lake. Relax with a flat white in hand and listen to the rush of Glencar waterfall.

Serving locally roasted coffee, freshly baked scones along with soups and sandwiches, Glencar Teashed also sells arts and crafts made in the area.

The café has a long history dating back to the late 1800’s. Photos of the original Tea House are on display in the Teashed. This area was beloved by writer W.B.Yeats, who used to visit the tea shop and once wrote about the beauty of the Glencar Waterfall.

Lena’s Tea Room

Lena’s is a vintage style tea room with a contemporary twist, perfect to stop in for a warming tipple and sinfully delicious cakes.

Relax over freshly brewed loose leaf teas served in pretty vintage tea cups as you sit back on comfy couches surrounded by beautiful antique furniture.

Lena’s Tea Room also have a monthly book club and a knitting club where you can sip and stitch away in the bespoke atmosphere of the café.

Lunch

Riverbank Restaurant

Committed to supporting Irish suppliers, Riverbank Restaurant features products such as Thornhill Duck in Cavan and salad and herbs from Eden plants from in Leitrim.

Head chef John Kelly spent four years with renowned chef Neven Maguire and is now heading up the kitchen at the Riverbank.

Dine on simple but hearty dishes of Beer Battered Cod and Cottage Pie made with from Leitrim’s own Eamon Devaney.

The Sandstone Restaurant

Located in the Lough Rynn Hotel, The Sandstone Restaurant proudly holds a 2 AA Rosette Award for Excellence in Food.

Using fruit and vegetables that are grown in their own kitchen garden, they aim to guarantee quality from farm to fork.

Enjoy a fine dining experience in the elegantly decorated restaurant as you enjoy the gastronomic delights on offer.

Dinner

St.George’s Terrace

Set in an elegant red brick Victorian building St.George’s Terrace is home to a fine dining restaurant, bar and terrace and cookery school.

Overlooking the river Shannon, St.George’s terrace produces creative cuisine using Irish produce including meats supplied from Scallan’s Butchers and cheese from The Cheese Hub (both from nearby Drumshanbo).

Offering a stellar value lunch on Sunday at just €30 for three courses or a tasting menu for €75 per person, the restaurant allows guests to enjoy fine dining for all budgets.

The Courthouse Restaurant

Sitting in the charming village of Kinlough, The Courthouse Restaurant serves up contemporary Mediterranean cuisine mixed with local Irish produce.

Dine on Mullaghmore Crab Linguine with Fresh Chili and Seared Breast of Pigeon with Truffle Risotto.

The Courthouse also has accommodation so if you’re feeling lazy, you can ramble up to your room after enjoying your Italian-inspired meal.

The Oarsman

The Oarsman is an award-winning gastropub with an array of local provenances such as Thornhill Duck and Gubbean cheese.

Enjoy James Maguire’s Organic Pork & Jack McCarthy’s Black Pudding paired with the largest selection of craft beers on tap in the North West.

Recommended by the Michelin Guide, you’ll certainly be in safe hands in the dining room here.

The Cottage Restaurant

Head Chef Sham Hanifa blends Asian flavours picked up from his grandmother’s kitchen with Irish influences.

The Cottage Restaurant’s reputation for excellence in food and service has garnered them many awards and they continue to provide guests with the best fusion experience possible.

Sample gastronomic delights such as Ciaran Reynolds’ Lamb, with Onion Chutney and Crisp Belly or Spiced Monkfish with Lemongrass and Tumeric Cream with Achill Island Oyster.

Bars & Pubs

The Barrelstore 

In the heart of Carrick-on-Shannon is the stylish Barrelstore , which is filled with an impressive selection of spirits, whiskeys and craft beers.

The cocktail menu is tempting for all palates whether you’re a lover of a classic Martini or an Old Fashioned. For a special night out you can book into The Speakeasy Cocktail Class, where you’ll whip up a prohibition style cocktail.

When you get peckish, order a cured meat and cheese board to keep the hunger pangs at bay.

Flynn’s

This lively bar recently won the title of Best Pub in Connacht 2018 from the Restaurant Association of Ireland. Recently refurbished, Fylnn’s still retains its traditional charm while mixing with modern luxuries.

With all your favourite gin & tonics, Irish whiskeys and quality draft beers, you certainly won’t go thirsty at Flynn’s.

Grab a pint and settle into one of the pub’s alcoves and snugs or on colder day sit by the open fires, perhaps with a hot toddy in hand. Enjoy the evening trad music sessions reminiscent of the pub’s younger days.

Ging’s Riverside Bar

Sitting right beside the River Shannon, Ging’s Bar is an al fresco lover’s paradise. Make the most of the summer sunshine with a cold one in hand as you enjoy the views over the river.

With a beautifully manicured garden and spacious outdoor seating, it’s the perfect spot to spend the rest of the summer.

If the weather isn’t on your side, you can keep yourself entertained by brushing up your skills at the pool table inside.

Hotels

Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Gardens

As one of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels, it’s no wonder that it was once the home of Lord Leitrim himself.

The attention to detail at this spectacular castle hotel is evident in the bespoke bedrooms that are full of luxury.

Sit back with a perfectly blended drink at Lough Rynn’s cocktail bar, ideal for a pre-dinner drink or nightcap. Find your way through the castle to a secret entrance that descends to the secret Dungeon Bar where you can experience Irish music and dance.

The Landmark Hotel

The Landmark Hotel

This family-run hotel celebrates nearly 20 years in business in Carrick-on-Shannon.

After spending the day exploring nearby The Market Yard, the heritage centre and the boardwalk, you can retire to the hotel and unwind.

Relax in the tastefully decorated ensuite rooms, with suites offering panoramic views of the River Shannon.

Indulge in afternoon tea in Aroma’s Café with homemade treats and preserves or enjoy a tipple in the hotel’s bar.

The Lough Allen

Resting on the shores of Lough Allen, The Lough Allen Hotel makes the most of the tranquil surroundings while also being located just 14km from the vibrant town of Carrick on Shannon.

Spend your time getting pampered in the hotel’s spa or enjoy a short stroll to the nearby town of Drumshanbo.

FEATURE BY SINÉAD SMYTH

Sinéad is a Culinary Arts graduate from DIT. She is a passionate cook with a love of fine dining and modern Irish cuisine. A gin lover, Sinéad loves seeking out cosy new pubs and sampling a variety of craft beers.

If she’s not dining out, Sinéad loves travelling the world exploring new cultures and cuisines. Working with TheTaste allows Sinéad to fully immerse herself in the Irish food industry.

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