While the world is moving faster than ever and our days are filled with reams of noise and information it can sometimes be hard to find peace and solace. In North Mayo, visitors can pull off life’s fast lane and enjoy a soulful food experience in a place that savours life’s purer pleasures. Those looking for a quintessentially Irish experience will be spoiled for choice with many locations offering fantastic traditional Irish courses. What follows is just a taste of the distinct food offering in North Mayo.
Belleek Castle’s award-winning restaurant in Ballina uses both imaginative and traditional cooking techniques with local, seasonal ingredients from the land, sea and air of Mayo combining a depth of flavour with the traditions of the castle.
The elegance and splendour of the 1800’s manor and its decor shine through in its menu, in particular the famous “Drunken Bullock”, a prime Mayo fillet of beef flambéed in spectacular fashion at your table on a 15th century Spanish Armada conquistador sword, served with a mild peppercorn jus & vegetable roti.
Foxford Woollen Mills is one of the last working mills in Ireland, a country with a strong historic tradition of weaving. The Mill’s clean, contemporary café is a must visit food destination in North Mayo and features a wide array of local, seasonal produce.
Head Chef Kathleen Lally has drawn on her training at Ashford Castle and the Four Seasons to create a quintessentially Irish menu, featuring the very best of Irish suppliers and quality, seasonal ingredients. Why not make an afternoon of it and take a special tour of the Mill before sitting down to a delicious salad or hot main course?
If you’re in need of an other-worldly, intimate experience, the picturesque cobbled courts of Dillon’s Restaurant provide the most secluded spot in the heart of Ballina town. A top food offering in North Mayo, the restaurant offers quality Irish food at an affordable price. Whether it’s a casual meal by the fireside, or a more formal dinner in the restaurant you can be guaranteed top quality food and friendly and efficient service. The restaurant is steeped in Irish history with the stone floor originating from Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison in Dublin and a huge chimney breast which was once used as a hopper to process grain.
If you’re looking for that quintessential Irish charm, why not visit Mary’s Cottage Kitchen in the coastal village of Ballycastle. This wonderful little restaurant is the perfect place to stop for some tasty home cooking. The menu boasts authentic Irish tastes and flavours including homemade soups, smoked salmon, brown bread and a variety of freshly baked treats. Mary’s has been in existence since 1997 and has been recognised by a number of major travel guides such as Georgina Campbell and Bridgestone and has been featured in the Irish Independent and the Boston Globe.
Enjoy a meal in one of Mayo’s Premier Gastropubs …
It’s not in North Mayo but… Those looking for authentic, traditional Irish pub food should make Flanagan’s Gastro Pub, in the picturesque hamlet of Brickens in Co. Mayo, top of their list. In 2010 the pub underwent a major renovation to change the old premises into a modern gastro pub. The main aim is to provide a homely atmosphere, a place to meet friends and enjoy all the things that are great about a real pub; conversation, food and drink.
Highlighted for its friendly welcome, excellent food and attention to detail, Flanagan’s is now one of the premier gastro pubs in the West of Ireland and has received many awards including the award for best Gastro Pub in Mayo in 2015.