Ventry, Co. Kerry Ireland
Environment: Pub on a slight hill, overlooking the scenic sweep of Ventry Harbour. Traditional pub interior with wrap around benches and long bar. Outside tables with great view. Full menu, including salmon, lasagna and salads.
Wonderful view of the golden miles of Ventry Strand. Just cross the road and walk down the lane to be on the beach yourself.
Environment: Large, very popular pub on the Slea Head Road – crammed with mementoes of football hero owner and at the top of a boreen leading down to Ventry Strand. Smoked salmon salad and other dishes available.
The Stone House
Fahan, Co. Kerry
Environment: Literally a stone house —- the architecture based on the style of the ancient — and much smaller –nearby Gallarus Oratory. Locals delight in recalling how the original roof collapsed. Rethinking, however, reinforced it with iron bars and made it totally solid today. A popular stop on the scenic coastal drive, the pretty interior displays the work of local artists, including a ceramic Cead Mile Failte (one hundred thousand welcomes). Other local pottery appears on the tables. Again, seafood is a feature — lobster, John Dory, wild salmon – hot oysters with chili
The Old Thatch
Ballydonoughue, North Co. Kerry
Environment: Yes, it really is thatched, on a rather isolated road in North Kerry. The ‘local’ of writer Maurice Walsh. The old pub, with its huge hearth, remains as he knew it, but a clever renovation has added a very modern lounge bar in the back.
Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Environment: A well-established Hotel with several bars and dining rooms. The English country style lobby includes deep armchairs and couches. with lots of chintzes and dark wood. An enclosed, whitewashed, flower-decked courtyard and a cosy library bar are also attractive.
The Red Fox Inn
Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
Environment: A pub with a spacious bar and dining room, next door to the Kerry Bog Village — a recreation of a turf -cutting village and a good place to spend a pleasant afternoon.
An Bradan Feasa (The Salmon of Knowledge)
West of Ventry, Slea Head Road, Co. Kerry
Environment: Ceramic sign in front illustrates the episode from the Finn Mac Cool story from which it gets its name- and indicates that the café shares its quarters with a pottery.
Offers some hot food and made-to-order sandwiches, as well as a variety of cakes, sponges, tortes and scones -all served with whipped cream
The Blasket Interpretive Centre
Dunquin, Co. Kerry
This long, low bunker- like building tells the history of the offshore Blasket Islands, and the unique culture created there. The centre includes a gift shop and a café. Café has long walls of windows looking out across lawns to the Atlantic and the islands themselves,Great stretch of texture art, representing the islands, covers the back wall.
Dun Geagain, Co. Kerry
Art Gallery and Café. The thatched roof outside gives little hint of the great, cabled, vaulted ceiling inside, which houses the gallery, shop and café.
Interesting metal and glass tables surround the open hearth.
The traditional rope-seated sugan chairs are vividly painted in abstract designs. The café is a good stop on the way to the restored artists’ village on the spectacular Bolus Head.
Grafton Street, Dublin
Environment: Originally founded in the 1800’s as Bewley’s Oriental Café, the stained glass, Chinese touches and velvet banquettes all evoke the coffee houses of that century. The smell of freshly roasting coffee lures residents and visitors alike to this meeting place of generations of Dubliners. The cafe offers a variety of light meals and traditional Irish breakfasts, but is famously the home of a vast selection of sticky buns.