November 13, 2013

Ballyvaughan + Kinvara; Ireland: Au Fear Gorta Tea & Garden Rooms + The Tide Full Inn (CLOSED); restaurant reviews

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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images c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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