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. In the village of Cliffoney near Mullaghmore in north Sligo, Harrison’s restaurant serves a signature Wild Atlantic Way Platter.
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 stunning Strandhill, Trá Bán serves sensational Sligo lamb and hand-picked wild lobsters. 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.For Yeats enthusiast, relax over coffee at Lily’s & Lolly’s Cafe in the Yeats Memorial Building in Sligo town.
If you crave something healthy, enjoy superfood salads and energising smoothies at the Sweet Beat Cafè or loose leaf teas, fresh juices and a menu bursting with flavour, texture and colour at Knox. For an 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. Enjoy delicious coffee and homemade sweet treats at Ósta Café and Wine Bar on the banks of the Garavogue River, Café Fleur or Fabio’s Home-made ice cream or cookies in Sligo town, the Little Cottage Café on the promenade in Rosses Point, the eclectic Vintage Café in Rathcormac, the Fairgreen Creative & Culinary Centre, or Pudding Row in beautiful Easky. Alternatively, step back in time to Lyons Café with its 1920s décor, behold local art on the walls of WB’s Coffee House while drinking Italian coffee, or combine a Parma Ham Salad with a cappuccino at Hearts Desire (it’s not called that for nothing!) If you’d prefer food on-the-go, Aisling’s Home Cooked Food offers superb Chickpea Lentil & Spelt Burgers in addition to the beefy kind at IT Sligo’s Farmers Market.
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!
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. Gastro bar, the Draft House boasts a large selection of craft beers and cocktails using top whiskeys, complex gins and aromatic wines; while the White Hag brews big, bold and beautifully-flavoured beers using locally-sourced raw materials.
If you fancy something exotic, you can savour Kangaroo Skewers/Crocodile Medallions with Pesto Mash at the Swagman or buy sushi platters from Sushi Sisters at local markets.
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, The Organic Centre 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 Craft Baker Dimitar, My Strandhill Bakery. A superb selection of artisan foods – including chutneys, preserves, pickles, honey and cakes – are available at Beltra and IT Sligo Farmers Markets; speciality shops; 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 or Bramble Lodge Jams?
Whatever your taste buds crave, satisfy your desires on the Sligo Food Trail!