Seafood is a particular speciality, fresh from the Atlantic Ocean. Eithna’s By the Sea award-winning Seafood Restaurant in Mullaghmore is famous for its warm welcome and food that is lovingly created using the only finest raw ingredients at their seasonal best – lobster, oysters, mussels & crab freshly caught in Donegal bay. At Eala Bhán (‘white swan’ in Gaelic), you can feast on posh fish and chips, or luxury afternoon tea in fine dining surroundings. Seafood delights include crawfish from Mullaghmore, Irish-caught hake, monkfish, and seasonal mackerel. A particular gem is Shells Seaside Bakery and Café in Strandhill, where salty surfers and relaxed patrons of the Voya Seaweed baths chat over Sunday brunch, followed by delicious ice cream at Mammy Johnston’s.
Seafood Chowder and Irish stew are internationally renowned in Cawley’s of Tubbercurry. Steak is a particular favourite in Sligo town: you can indulge in prime Irish Hereford Steak at The Embassy. In the beautiful surrounding countryside, you can relish a 17-hour slow-cooked feather blade of Irish beef at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
If you’d prefer a speciality meat, Coopershill Farm – a luxury country house – specialises in venison. In Ballymote, Temple House provides an elegant dining experience on a 1,000 acre estate, serving seasonal lamb from their own farm.
A treasure trove of unique experiences await you in this county as you make your way around the food trail. Two guided tours bring you through Sligo’s vibrant food scene and a chance to meet the makers too – a Taste of Sligo and Sligo Food Tours. Ireland’s first Oyster experience is in Sligo too – at Sligo Oyster Experience discover the world of the oyster from tiny seeds to growing, and from harvesting to shucking (and tasting too).
If you crave something healthy, enjoy superfood salads and energising smoothies at the Sweet Beat Café or fresh juices and a menu bursting with flavour, texture and colour at Sligo Wellness Centre. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can book seaweed identification walks in the north of the county with Prannie Rhatigan’s Irish Seaweed Kitchen and in the west of the county with Sligo Seashore Secrets. Both include a walk, a talk on health benefits, and a taste of seaweed sustenance. With Gaby from Neantog, you can experience a foraging tour. In her cookery classes, you will learn all about foraging and wild food; fermenting and preserving vegetables and drinks; and sourdough baking.
Sligo Food Trail also delivers delightful breaks from your tourism activities. In Sligo Town, step back in time to Lyons Café with its 1920s décor, spot local art on the walls of WB’s Coffee House, or combine a Parma Ham Salad with a cappuccino at Hearts Desire (it’s not called that for nothing!). Enjoy delicious coffee and homemade sweet treats at Ósta Café and Wine Bar on the banks of the Garavogue River or Café Fleur. The Italian Quarter in the heart of Sligo has everything to offer locals and visitors alike from morning to night. From a spot of retail in Le Fournil, to a delicious lunch at Hooked, this area has it all!
Or explore the county out of town to the Little Cottage Café on the promenade in Rosses Point, the eclectic Vintage Café in Rathcormac, or Pudding Row in beautiful Easkey. Take a trip to lovely Lissadell House & Gardens, visit nearby Drumcliffe Tea House, the Jam Pot in Cliffoney or the Tea Shed in scenic Glencar. Check out Nook in Collooney for some award winning fare in a cosy café setting.
Sligo is a centre of excellence for craft beers, merging the classic with the contemporary. Hargadon Bros established in 1868 on O’Connell Street has been providing quality food and drink to Sligo for generations, and offers a large selection of craft beer. The White Hag brews big, bold and beautifully-flavoured beers using locally-sourced raw materials. Lough Gill Brewery boasts an eclectic and extensive range of fascinating craft beers.
Sligo’s farmer’s markets, cafés, and restaurants are full of healthy, organic produce: for example, vegetables, fruit and salads supplied by Good & Green Organics and Ballysadare Free Range Eggs. Why not bring some of Sligo’s finest food products home with you? Bakeshop crafts beautiful breads and pastries from nature’s best ingredients or sample delicious bread and pastries at Strandhill Market every Sunday from Blacksheep Bakery and a brew from Carrow Coffee. A superb selection of artisan foods – including chutneys, preserves, pickles, honey and cakes – are available at Beltra and Cliffoney Country Markets, IT Sligo Farmers Markets; speciality shops; Strandhill Peoples Market and Rathcormac Food & Craft Market. Wouldn’t your loved ones be thrilled with a unique Irish gift, such as Murson Farm’s Rhubarb and Lavender Jam?
Whatever your taste buds crave, satisfy your desires on the Sligo Food Trail!