We will be in Bantry in March. We are with a band who will be staying at Westlodge Hotel. Any comments on this place?
Also we are looking for restaurant and pub recommendations.
www.bantry.ie/ might be of help!
Bantry is a lovely area if you are into scenery and exploring. Bantry Bay is the deepest in Europe and is picturesque and you can take baot trips out to Whiddy Island in the bay (weather permitting).
Glengarriff is a 2O minute drive away and a bus also goes there every few hours. There you can take a boat to garnish island (check tourist websites for full detials) or go to the natural Park where there are fabublous forest walks and trails. There are also lovely drives along the Sheeps Head but ypur own transport is a must.
Bantry House and gardens is a must. Check websites for opening hours. http://www.bantryhouse.ie/ There is also a museum there a sunken Spanish Armada ship which still lies in bantry bay 200 years later.
Food wise: Willie Pa's on the main Cork road serves excellent and well priced pub grub and also evening meals. Its the newest eating place there! You will need a car to get there though.
The Brick Oven in the town serves fab pizzas, lasange etc.
All along the square you will find pub dub and O Connors Seafood restuarant does seafood mainly (as the name suggests!).
The pub scene in bantry is great. You will find traditional music at weekends mostly at the Bantry bay hotel, JJ Crowleys and the Ouvane. The latter is about 10minutes drive outside the town on the way to Gleng but on Sat or Sun nites (not sure which, maybe both) you will witness traditional Irish set dancing at its best. And the locals are always only too willing to teach people!!
Dont hesitate to ask me more questions!
The Snug for great food. the in town pubs Crowley's Lucey's, the Anchor. and the Bantry Bay hotel barCheck in with Jim Barry .
many small little pubs ....not too many bad places to eat or have some crac in Bantry
Poor hotel, needs refurbishment.. on rooms... Great new restaurant and bar in Glengarriff called The Blue Pool Bistro its at the Glengarriff Park Hotel which only opened Last summer, great music and Trad sessions
Garnish Island in Glengarriff won't be open in March unfortunately. In fact most of Glengarriff is like a ghost town until June. The new Blue Pool Bistro that someone mentioned is definitely not worth the drive. Overpriced ordinary bar food.
Willie Pa's is lovely. OConnors is lovely. the Brick Oven is lovely - great fish dishes, strangely enough for a pizza restaurant!!!
organico cafe during the day is a great
for a change of scene, Annie's in Ballydehob is worth a drive.
Kenmare is only an hour away too, you could drive the ring of Beara for a day, stunning scenery, and end with dinner in Kerry's gourmet hot spot. Lots of eateries there - Prego is cheap but great, the Lime Tree is pricey but great. The Ring of Kerry is a nice drive too, but Beara is shorter and less crowded. Take in the Healy Pass for an amazing view, if it's a clear day. Otherwise don't bother, it's quite a hairy drive!
The food market in Bantry on a Friday is fab if the weather is good. Local handmade sausages, cheeses, chocolate and salamis are beyond compare - great gifts to bring home.
enjoy your trip!
Re: Kerrywomans Post, Garnish Island is open from St.Patricks Weekend and the boats will run full time, Glengarriff is Quite in March which makes it an unspoilt over run town.
In relation to the blue pool bistro in Glengarriff i suggest she eats there first before making the comment Overpriced ordinary bar food as it is not a bar but an upmarket restaurant that is well priced compared to the other restaurants mentioned.
Ermmmm... I have eaten there. More than once cos there wasn't anywhere else open. Each to their own I suppose, there's no accounting for taste, but this site is all about personal opinions and that's mine. Take it or leave it!!
Hi, We will be in Ireland for 2 weeks in April and May. We were wondering if the Bantry Bay Mussel Festival will be happening this year. We read that it didn't happen last year. If it is happening, what are the dates?
you can go to the brick oven restaurant. they do pizzas and things.
de barras do nice sandwiches for lunch,
and the best place to go is the quays pub
no mussel festival with the last 3 or 4 years im afraid