Located on the north coast of Country Clare, on the way towards Galway after leaving the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, the pretty little village of Ballyvaughan has a good choice of accommodations, pubs, and restaurants, including:
Au Fear Gorta Tea & Garden Rooms 065-7077157. Daily 11am-6:30pm, Apr-Jan; $$.
A lovely garden and large koi pond with golden fish greeted us as we approached this ultra-charming upscale tea room fronting Galway Bay. Gourmet lunches include smoked local salmon with lemon-caper dressing, beef-and-Guinness potato pie, and assorted open-face sandwiches. A groaning table laden with pastries and cakes and goodies galore tempts at tea time. I do wish we’d stayed for a late lunch, but we weren’t quite hungry yet so we continued on, stopping at:
The Tide Full Inn CLOSED On Main St., in Kinvara, 091-637400. Cash only. W-M noon-10pm.
Packed with locals, this cafe has a few tables both inside and out on the street-side sidewalk. It is a prime spot to enjoy a sandwich, salad, or pizza, which we did.
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