Worth visiting at any time of the year thanks to its rugged coastline and rich variety of attractions, Mayo really is the heartbeat of the Wild Atlantic Way.
With all the scenic walks on offer, odds are you’re going to be feeling quite ravenous throughout your stay in the west.
Luckily, Mayo is home to a fabulous array of culinary delights, so keep reading to discover the best places to eat, drink and sleep.
Using ingredients found in their shop, Café Rua features products from their suppliers, as well as produce from their own bakery. Breakfast is served until 11.30am and includes French toast, fry-ups, granola, porridge and more. Café Rua also serves lunch and a special kids menu for youngsters.
Heffernan’s Fine Foods
Serving breakfast until 12 noon, Heffernan’s Fine Foods in Ballina is the place to go for a hearty breakfast selection. Using produce from Heffernan’s butchers, breakfast diners can devour a great selection of meaty breakfasts and also some sweet buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and crisp streaky bacon.
Sol Rio Restaurant, situated in the heart of Westport, offers homemade, locally sourced food to suit all taste buds, from families to young couples and business clientele. The welcoming restaurant also boasts an extensive selection of wines from around the globe, which only adds to the cuisine prepared by chef and proprietor, Jose Barroso.
The perfect spot for a morning coffee or a hearty breakfast or lunch, Kelly’s Kitchen is a must-visit for those in Newport. A tasty menu is served throughout the day, with options including a duo of spicy cod and salmon , jumbo pork and sausages. Arriving hungry is encouraged, as you certainly won’t leave that way.
Blue Bicycle Tearooms
Since opening in 2011, The Blue Bicycle Tearooms has been a popular dining spot for weary travellers. With its old-world feel, this charming 17th century Newport tearoom prides itself on providing freshly baked and locally sourced produce.
La Fougére Restaurant
La Fougére is Knockranny House Hotel’s multi award-winning restaurant, offering excellent cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and the finest local ingredients. Leading the team at this Westport Restaurant is renowned and respected Chef Seamus Common.
Wilde’s At The Lodge
Under the direction of Jonathan Keane, who has been described as “one of the country’s most exciting chefs”, Wilde’s at the Lodge showcases a number of unique flavours and textures present in the finest local produce.
Located within the magnificent Ashford Castle grounds, visitors to Wilde’s will experience succulent Irish meats and fresh seafood in a luxurious setting.
Cian’s on Bridge Street
Recently named Best Newcomer for Connaught at the 2017 Irish Restaurant Awards, Cian’s on Bridge Street has been open for just over a year. Offering high quality food in relaxed surroundings, this family-run restaurant has a sumptuous menu, with steak, lamb and seafood dishes all served in a modern setting.
The Tavern Bar and Restaurant
Located just a 10-minute walk from Westport Town, The Tavern Bar and Restaurant is absolutely worth a visit. With its range of craft beers and ciders, along with a tempting wine list and whiskey tasting menu, you’ll likely find your desired beverage at The Tavern, which has been included in Michelin’s “Eating Out in Pubs” guide.
Recently named Best Casual Dining in Connaught, Bar One gastro pub boasts super food and an impressive drinks list. The award-winning pub is casual dining at its best with locally produced ingredients and Mayo craft beers on offer. A selection of hand-selected wines are also available, so you can find the perfect pairing for your meal.
Set on 350 acres of ancient woodland on the banks of Lough Corrib, the multi award-winning luxurious Ashford Castle dates back to 1228, but has recently undergone refurbishment which celebrates its historic splendour.
With 82 stunning guest rooms, each true to the rich heritage of the Castle, as well as a Hideaway Cottage, there are few properties offering Irish hospitality on as grand a scale as Ashford Castle. With fabulous cuisine, you won’t ever want to leave.
Knockranny House Hotel
Family owned and run, Knockranny House Hotel & Spa in Westport is one of Ireland’s finest 4-star hotels. With breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, you can truly be at peace here.
With antique furniture, superb spa facilities and a warming atmosphere, feel completely at ease with a stay at Knockranny House Hotel.
Ice House Hotel
Located inside the original 19th century building, Ballina’s Ice House Hotel is a wonderful mix of the old and new. Its modern furnishings mixed with its historic structure, stand proud amongst the spectacular views across the River Moy.
Enjoy a prosecco by the heated outdoor jacuzzi or sample some cocktails and delicious cuisine in the hotel’s bar and restaurant. Make sure to indulge in a spa treatment at the hotel’s Chill Spa.
Sarah has always had a great love of travel, food and photography. Following her journalism degree at DCU, she developed a passion for travel writing while living in Spain.
Sarah loves exploring new places and sampling the local cuisine. Working with TheTaste.ie combines her love of food and travel.