There are plenty of options to refuel in comfortable and welcoming surroundings on Cape Clear – and you might even stumble on an impromptu traditional Irish music session.
Sean Rua’s Seafood Restaurant and Pizzeria is located on the North Harbour, just a two-minute stroll when you disembark Cape Clear Ferries, and serves up traditional homemade food all day, all year around.
It is also the location of An Siopa Beag, which is the island’s grocery shop.
Club Chléire: Located above An Siopa Beag is Club Chléire. Club Chléire is run by the local island co-op and is the perfect spot to sit outside with a pint and take in the spectacular views of the harbour.
Any profits made at Club Chléire go back into improving and developing the island. Club Chleire is popular with visiting musicians and hosts regular impromptu music sessions throughout the summer months.
The nearby Cotters Pub is a traditional pub that offers similar levels of homespun West Cork charm.
Customers can sit outside with their pints and enjoy the coastal views, or head inside where musicians could be entertaining patrons with reels of traditional Irish music.
Lunch and dinner is available.
Ciaran Danny Mike’s Pub and Restaurant (CDM’s) serves food and drink during the summer season. On the menu, customers will find lunchtime favourites such as soups, sandwiches, homemade bread, and cakes. In good weather, visitors can enjoy lunch or dinner on the lawn with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
CDM’s is available to hire for private functions while visitors carrying instruments can ask behind the bar if they feel like a gig. Visitors can enjoy an afternoon pint while watching kayakers and basking sharks frolicking in South Harbour.
At Mary’s gourmet chip van, which is located right in the harbour, the chips are always great value and the bilingual chat that comes from the heart is always free.
Most of the restaurants and pubs on the island pride themselves in using local produce when available. And if you are interested in a tipple, why not try the multi award- winning local artisan island gin, 3sq miles.
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