We spent nearly an entire day along the Slea Head Drive, stopping at lots of historical sights and scenic views. Unfortunately, the only day out of our 9-day trip that was overcast and foggy, was the day of the Slea Head Drive. We made the best of it though, including an interesting stop at the Great Blasket Visitor Center. Despite the cafeteria being recommended in our guide book as having decent food, it did not look appealing so we ventured on. We came across a little sign along the roadside for Tig Aine Cafe and art gallery. We stopped, not necessarily to eat, but decided to give it a try. One of our favorite meals during our trip! There were two young girls working the counter who were very friendly. We got our drinks, tea and some sort of dark beer (no Guinness here), and then had to wait quite a long time for our food even though we were the only ones there initially. Two other small parties came in after us. The wait, however, was worth it! My shepherd pie was excellent! My husband had ordered a seafood chowder but was still hungry so he shared my pie - it was a huge serving for one person! But wow, delicious. In trying to determine the underlying spice we were tasting, we asked the girl behind the counter. She ended up insisting that we talk with the cook, a lovely older woman who we could see in the kitchen making everything to order - no wonder it took a while for our meals. It was worth it though, especially if you are not in a hurry and appreciate the chance to sit back and relax.
Unfortunately, the views from this lovely cafe were obstructed by the low lying fog but given its location, I can imagine they are beautiful on a clear day. The cafe itself also serves Murphys Ice Cream though we were too full for a treat. There is also quite a bit of interesting artwork on display around the cafe. All in all, a quaint little place with reasonably priced and delicious food.
Too bad this isn't listed under restaurants instead of attractions as it might give them a little more notice on TripAdvisor.
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