Croagh Patrick, place of pilgrimmage, over 764 metres high and known locally as ‘the Reek’, stands imposingly over the village of Murrisk in Co. Mayo. Very close to the entrance to this famous mountain walk, framed by the back drop of Co.Mayo’s peaks, The Tavern Bar and Restaurant is located in an extremely scenic spot. This is the place to enjoy some of the best seafood of this region, plus the wealth of Co. Mayo produce that features on the menu.
Owned by Myles and Ruth O’Brien since 2001, The Tavern is a homely bar with nooks, crannies and snugs to settle in, and turf fires to welcome you. Settle onto one of the plump banquettes, finished with finest woven woollen upholstery from Mayo’s historical working Foxford Mill, or perch yourself on a bar stool with a pint, and browse a menu that will have you excited just reading it. The O’Briens have worked hard to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, complimented by good homecooked food. Myles is a chef with extensive culinary expertise, starting at his own home, where his mother ran a b&b from the family farm. The family reared their own beef and lamb, and tended their own vegetable garden. It doesn’t come more local than that, and the experience has provided a serious grounding for Myles in his own establishment. Ruth runs front of house, and makes sure there’s always an Irish welcome on the mat for the many visitors who come daily to this area.
Lunch with a variety of specials is served daily in the bar and lounge. Specials change every other day, giving Myles the opportunity to showcase the best and freshest produce of the area. The Tavern lies close to the south shore of Clew Bay, a rich source of fish and shellfish. The state of the art fresh lobster tank at The Tavern enables customers to choose their own live lobster, which is cooked fresh to order in a variety of ways, served both at lunch and dinner. In the evenings, lobster is often paired with prime Irish fillet steak for a surf and turf experience. Fresh hake, monkfish, turbot are all locally caught. Organic farmed salmon comes from Clew Bay. Fine prawns are fished from the purest waters of Killary Fjord in Connemara, bordering Galway and Mayo and one of Ireland’s three glacial fjords Achill Island sea trout also regularly features, as do Clew Bay Scallops. Meat eaters will love Mayo hill lamb, local pork, award winning black pudding from Kelly’s of Newport. Follow your main with a house dessert. You might get a choice from Double Chocolate Fudge Cake or Seasonal Fruit Crumble - or the Tavern’s secret recipe Soft Meringue served with seasonal fruits. For those savoury inclined – a cheese platter will include local Mayo cheeses, and other Irish farmhouse cheeses, served with artisan crackers and home made quince jelly. Enjoy it with a glass of late vintage port for the ultimate cheese experience!
Upstairs, The Tavern has a formal restaurant. Linen clad tables and sparkling glassware, crafted Foxford curtains and seating upholstery add their own elegance to this room. Dinner bookings are advised and the restaurant can be group booked for a special party or wedding celebration of 35 to 60 people. Menus for private events are discussed in detail with Myles and can feature any culinary aspect, from totally organic produce to themed feasts.
The Tavern offers a full bar with a range of draught beers, stout and lagers, Irish and international craft beers, and all the classic spirits, including an impressive selection of Irish whiskeys. Wines are chosen exclusively from small family wineries, in keeping with the O’Brien ethos of supporting small businesses. Plenty of parking, a lovely beer garden and outside smoking area also adds to the features of this lovely restaurant. You can add to your visit here with a trad game of darts or a game on the pool table. And of course, just a few hundred yards away, Ireland’s holiest mountain and it’s scenic walkways beckons!
Opening Times are as Follows:
Monday: 12.30pm - 11.30pm
Tuesday: 12.30om - 11.30pm
Wednesday: 12.30pm - 11.30pm
Thursday: 12.30pm - 11.30pm
Friday: 12.30pm - 12.30am
Saturday: 12.30pm - 12.00am
Sunday: 12.30pm - 11.00pm