Ballina’s newest foodie business has just opened its doors! Congratulations to the team at the Jack Fenn Courtyard Café who have launched their latest venture in the newly refurbished courtyard of the fabulous Belleek Castle, Ballina.
The team at Belleek Castle are always working to develop their offering to visitors and locals alike, and Jack Fenn’s Courtyard Café is sure to attract lots of foodies to sample the finest of fresh, local, season produce in a gorgeous setting.
A local group pictured at the launch of Food Fleadh Ballina at Jack Fenn Courtyard Café Belleek Castle in September 2017
The café will be run by Lilly and Stephen Lenahan. Stephen, who is head chef in the Library Restaurant at Belleek Castle is already renowned for his passion for food and for sourcing and using the finest of local, seasonal ingredients and working with a huge variety of local artisan producers. Now, with Lilly at the helm, they aim to bring the same level of quality into a more cosy and relaxed dining experience, serving simple, high-quality, delicious bites in this unique setting.
The food isn’t the only thing you’ll marvel at in the Jack Fenn Courtyard Café – the setting also makes for a great experience. Situated in the old stable buildings adjacent to the Castle, in this intimate but quirky space, lovingly created by Lilly, working with local tradesmen, many of the materials have been beautifully repurposed to create an environment that reflects both the history of the castle and the Wild Atlantic landscape in which we live.
We won’t give away the secret, but don’t forget to ask about the story behind the large table in the centre of the café! And of course there is the story of Jack Fenn the smuggler, who got himself into a tight spot …once upon a time, Jack bought a passport from an Irishman called Marshall Doran and bought himself a castle!
Opening hours (new):
Wednesday-Sunday: 10am – 5pm (and one hour longer on Saturdays: 10am-6pm)
Closed: Monday & Tuesday
Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee
Caters for groups or parties
Good for children
Bookings: Call +353 (0)96 22400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org