Three Great Food Pubs in Ireland

Nowadays there are more places to eat out than ever before. Restaurants are fun, but can occasionally seem a little too formal. A pub on the other hand offers a relaxed, informal experience, and pubs are increasingly serving top-quality food.


For seafood lovers, the ultimate pub dining experience can be had at Moran’s Oyster Cottage. Somewhat off the beaten track, this traditional, thatched-roof pub is situated in the village of Kilcolgan, Galway. The fresh seafood menu is seasonal and the vast majority of the produce is locally caught. The pub, which has been run by the same family for over 250 years, stocks a vast array of mostly white wines as well as Guinness and other beers. Fresh oysters washed down with a nice pint of Guinness, all enjoyed beside the soothing Kilcogan River. Does it get any better?

Gastro Pub

Gastro PubFor a modern twist on traditional classics, Ashtons Gastropub in Dublin is the place to go. Boasting a fantastic menu that includes all local produce, the pub has something for everyone. Choose steak on a stone cooked at your table, or maybe a burger, or perhaps pork belly. For something lighter there are excellent fish dishes or salads. A high-quality carvery is available lunchtimes and offers delicious traditional roasts; this is a great choice of Sunday lunch venue, too. The pub stocks a wide selection of wines, the latest craft beers, tantalizing cocktails and traditional spirits. The gin and tonic selection is also not to be sniffed at.

Old World

If you fancy stepping back in time for a bite to eat, head for Kelly’s Cellars in Belfast. The menu is not extensive and is sometimes limited to just their traditional Irish stew, but it’s likely to be the best stew you’ll ever taste. Offering excellent value with a huge range of beers, wines and spirits, it’s the atmosphere that makes Kelly’s stand out. Roaring coal fires, warm welcomes, impromptu live music and friendly locals will make you wish you never had to leave.