The Cherrytree Restaurant in Killaloe: Starting at the Southern most navigable town on the River Shannon. The Cherrytree Restaurant is a fantastic spot for an intimate and relaxing meal. It offers a great view over the river and has a wonderful menu. The restaurant has won numerous awards and is a must visit for those wishing to dine in this old medieval town. Contact: 061-375688
The Snug Cafe in Mountshannon: Located in County Clare and easily navigable from Lough Derg is the Snug Restaurant. This restaurant is well know among visitors to the area and is generally buzzing at the weekends. It is set in an old cottage on the towns main street and is famous for its rustic local ingredients and fantastic pizza menu. They also provide a wide beer menu with over forty different brands of beer. Contact: 061 926826
The Red Oak Restaurant in Clonmoylan: The Red Oak restaurant is hidden away on the north western shore of Lough Derg and is a real gem. It is located in the heart of a wonderful holiday estate full of cottages, bog and ancient standing stones. Orders are usual taken in advance of arriving and the food is fresh and fantastic. There are mooring facilities available so you can stay for the night after your meal before departing in the morning. Contact: Anne +353 87 7974079
The Brosna Lodge in Banagher: The Brosna Lodge on the main street in the town is a great place to eat. It has a very reasonable menu and is a comfortable place for a meal and some lively entertainment. Irish music sessions are regular held during the summer months and the locals are very friendly. They also do one of the best burgers you are likely to find on the entire river. Contact: (0)5791 51350
Killeens in Shannonbridge: Killeens bar in Shannonbridge has recently started offering food. They offer a good meal at a reasonable price but the real reason for visiting is of course the entertainment. Killeens is famous throughout Ireland for its great music and cultural setting, its has even featured on several BBC travel programmes such as ‘Three men on a boat’. If your in the area, Killeens is well worth a visit.
The Fatted Calf in Glasson: Glasson is rapidly becoming a very popular tourist destination in the Midlands and it is easy to see why. It is a beautiful little village and at the centre of its popularity is the Fatted Calf restaurant. This multi award winning restaurant has a breathtaking menu full of fresh Irish cuisine and a visit will live long in the memory. Their chef has long been regarded as one of the most talented in the country so don’t let the opportunity of visiting pass you by. Contact: (0) 9064 85208
The Yew Tree Restaurant in Le Carrow: The Yew Tree Restaurant is easily accessed from the Le Carrow canal on Lough Ree and is less than two hundred yards away from the harbour. It is a very comfortable place to dine and has twice been voted County Roscommon’s restaurant of the year. There is a great menu full of wholesome, mouthwatering dishes and they pride themselves on sourcing the finest local ingredients for everything they serve. Contact: 090 666 1255
Harkins Bistro in Dromod: Harkins Bistro is located right at the harbour in Dromod. The restaurant is housed in an old 18th century cottage which once use to supply the whole county with medical supplies arriving in from the river. The menu is specialised towards European cuisine and the host Adrian even speaks five languages. Apart form the fantastic menu, one of the best things about this restaurant is that it has some of the most spectacular views in Ireland. It is a wonderful setting for a meal and is a very relaxing place to spend an evening. Contact: 071 9658718
The Cottages Restaurant, Jamestown: The Cottages Restaurant in Jamestown offers a wonderful fusion of European and Indian cuisine. It has recently been noted as one of the top five up and coming restaurants in the whole country and it is easy to see why, the chef is as inventive as he is particular and the standards set here are some of the highest in Ireland. The restaurant is located just outside the great arch of the medieval walled town of Jamestown, which is a wonderful setting. The restaurant is only a short distance from the harbour and it is recommended to book early if you wish to dine here. Contact (071) 9625933.
The Courtyard Kitchen, Carrick on Shannon: The Courtyard Kitchen in Carrick on Shannon has recently won the counties best casual dining experience award. You will find the restaurant deep into the main street of Carrick on Shannon and it is truly a great find. The reasonable menu is full of traditional Irish cuisine with a twist and the restaurant is a really comfortable place to relax. One of the things about this place is its great wine menu which makes this restaurant all the easier to enjoy. Contact 071 9671894
The Canal View Restaurant, Keshcarigan: The Canal View Restaurant is located high up overlooking the lake and rushes below in Keshcarigan. There is mooring just opposite its entrance and a visit here always promises a good time. The menu is superb, full of fresh local ingredients and the chef is really good. I love the atmosphere this intimate place provides and the soft piano playing in the background is always a treat. This is a fun spot for a meal and a great night out. Contact : 071 964 2111