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

Known as the ‘The Lakeland County’ Cavan is full of picturesque lakes and rivers as well as Instagram worthy vistas of the Breifne mountains.

Wander through the Bellamont Forest, step back in time at Drumlane Monastery or learn about the rich history in the Cavan County Museum as you explore Ireland’s Ancient East.

While you explore the many activities this county has to offer you will need to find somewhere to lay your head and whet your appetite. We have put together a list of Cavan’s best spots to keep you satisfied in this stunning county.

Breakfast & Coffee

O’Leary’s Delicatessen

Open for 80 years O’Leary’s Delicatessen is a purveyor of fine food and wine. The shop has a distinctly homely vibe. Freshly baked cakes and bread line the counter with cases of wine stacked on top of each other waiting to be purchased.

They stock a selection of international and Irish products as well as serving daily specials of wraps and panini. Local treats such as Cavan’s Áine Hand-Made Chocolate and brightly coloured bottles of balsamic from Kilkenny sit along the shelves for visitors to buy.

Grab a coffee and cake from the shop and sit outside (when the weather prevails) and watch the world go by – don’t forget to pick up some local snacks to take home with you.

Carol’s Home Bakery

Famed for her delicious show-stopping cakes, you will certainly be tempted to sample all the sweet treats at Carol’s Home Bakery.

Baking daily delights of muffins and cupcakes alongside freshly roasted coffees, as well as savoury dishes of sandwiches and healthy omelettes.

Pick up one of Carol’s colourful varieties of homemade energy balls to keep a pep in your step.

Latte Da

If you’re looking for friendly service and tasty home cooked meals, a trip to Latte Da is in order. Open for breakfast and lunch they serve daily changing specials and a wide variety of breakfast options.

Choose from healthy salads, baked quiche or homemade soups. It’s a fantastic spot for a solo lunch or a coffee catch up with friends.

There’s a pretty covered outdoor courtyard, a cosy spot to indulge in coffee and cake no matter the weather.

Lunch

Corleggy Cheese Shop

While you can’t sit and dine here, you’ll definitely want to linger over the various cheeses on offer at Corleggy Cheese Shop. Passionate about slow food, Corleggy allow their cheeses to develop, making wonderful goats, cow and sheep cheese from raw milk.

If like me, you adore cheese in all its glorious forms why not take Corleggy’s one-day cheese making class where you’ll get tonnes of cheese to take home and mature. Cheese paradise!

Murphs Bistro

Murphs Bistro at the famous Derragarra Inn is a charming little gastropub with an outdoor terrace overlooking the river.

Set in the village of Butlersbridge its a charming place to spot for a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

In 2017 they won ‘Best Gastro Bar in Ulster’ at the Good Eating Guide Awards, so if you’re feeling peckish you’re in good hands.

Barduccis

Barduccis brings a taste of Italy to Cavan. Providing diners with that sense of warm family atmosphere that Italian dinners are famous for. Spend time with your nearest and dearest over crisp pizza, freshly made pasta and succulent steaks.

They also have a flair for cocktails with vibrant tipples being constantly created. Transport yourself to Tuscany with a rich red wine or finish your meal with a sweet ending of silky smooth pannacotta.

Dinner

MacNean House & Restaurant

When visiting this award-winning restaurant run by Neven and Amelda Maguire, guests are always greeted with a warm Irish welcome.

Situated in Blacklion, overlooked by the magnificent Cuilcagh Mountains MacNean House & Restaurant allows diners to try a number of specially created menus.

Neven regularly changes each menu according to the season and The Prestige Tasting Menu features wine chosen by Neven himself. Why not dine at the Chef’s Table for a look into the inner workings of this esteemed kitchen?

The Oak Room

The Oak Room aims to give visitors a memorable dining experience, mixing great tasting food with affordable prices.

Chef-proprietor Norbert Neylon spent years honing his skills working in Dromoland Castle and alongside Kevin Thornton in Thorntons Restaurant.

Working alongside Norbert is head chef Joe Shah who has worked in Dublin’s Pichet and The Green Hen among others. Together they use the finest locally sourced ingredients to create modern Irish dishes.

People’s Restaurant

Run by two cousins, Lubo and Daniel, People’s Restaurant pride themselves on giving diners the best hospitality with freshly cooked food and a wide selection of fine wine and cocktails.

People’s is ideal for casual dining with friends and family. They offer an A la Carte option and a fantastic value early bird menu.

Dine on slow cooked beef cheek with Guinness and treacle sauce or pan-fried sea bass with breaded calamari and white wine sauce.

Pubs & Bars

The Manor Bar At Lakeside Manor Hotel

The Manor Bar at the Lakeside welcomes visitors to its inviting bar with a traditional Irish pub experience.

Guests here will be treated to a home away from home atmosphere with friendly staff always on hand to serve your favourite tipples.

Order your drink of choice and admire the breathtaking views while you relax in comfort. Take a leisurely stroll down to the beach a few metres from the hotel and take in the impressive sight of Lough Ramor Lake.

An Cruiscin Lan

Translated from Irish An Cruiscin Lan means ‘The Barely’. This is a typical small town pub, the sign hanging above the door proudly saying Céad Mile Fáilte. It’s a place where locals come to gather and natter over a pint of the black stuff.

There’s no fancy frills here, just county pride, especially on match days when the local GAA teams flags are flown proudly from the pub. Drop by for a drink and get to know the locals and the heart of the town.

McMahon’s Cafe Bar

McMahon’s Cafe Bar is a modern bar in the charming family-run Dun A Ri House Hotel. It’s a pleasant place to sit and relax over a coffee or a perfectly poured pint.

The bar is a great pit stop for those exploring Ireland’s Ancient East. Stop by the cosy for a pick me up, or to watch the many sporting events shown. If you choose to stay longer you can grab dinner from the award-winning A La Carte menu.

Hotels

Farnham Estate 

Sitting on 1,300 acres of vast countryside Farnham Estate is an idyllic retreat for those who want a completely relaxing stay.

Blending the charm of the old world with contemporary style the hotels guest rooms and suites offer unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside.

Unleash your inner Tiger Woods on the estate’s world-class 18 hole championship golf course. You can then unwind in the adult only spa with a host of bespoke spa packages.

Cavan Crystal

The warm and welcoming four-star Cavan Crystal sits conveniently in Cavan town. A contemporary hotel in an ideal location for exploring everything the town has to offer.

Spend your time swimming the lengths of the 18-metre pool or keep fit in the award-winning fitness club. You’ll be kept entertained with live music every weekend, as will the children with the summer kids club and playground.

Dine in the AA Award Winning Opus One Restaurant and enjoy Irish cuisine with a modern twist. Opus One gives guests a fine dining experience in a relaxed setting.

Slieve Russell

Sitting on 300 acres including 50 acres of serene lakes, the four-star Slieve Russell hotel is a well-known retreat in Cavan.

The award-winning Ciúin Spa ensures you will feel completely pampered. Ciúin means calm in Irish, so visitors can totally de-stress and leave their worries behind.

From classic rooms to executive suites the Slieve Russel offers accommodation to suit all needs. You can unwind in your stylish room after spending the day exploring the local area – enjoy a trip to Cavan Burren Park, the Cuilcagh Way or venture out to Devenish Island.

Virginia Park Lodge

Originally built as a hunting lodge for the first Earl of Bective, Virginia Park Lodge is now owned by acclaimed chef Richard Corrigan. The 18th-century lodge features its own kitchen garden that provides fruit and vegetables, used in the dishes served in the restaurant.

Set in 100 acres of countryside the lodge overlooks Lough Ramor, it can be booked for private functions, weddings and special hires.

If you are looking for a magnificent venue for a special event, Virginia Park Lodge will cater to your every whim. When you’re not relaxing in the beautifully restored house you can take a leisurely walk around the estate, take a boat out on the lake or try skeet shooting.

FEATURE BY SINÉAD SMYTH

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