Places to Eat
Café & Lunch
Lyon’s Café One of the oldest and best cafés to lunch in Sligo town. This is a Victorian tea-room style café, situated upstairs in Lyon’s department store. Lunch service starts at approximately noon. Foods served are hot food/carvery and deli-sandwich with an extensive salad bar. It gets extremely busy because of its popularity so if you go there much after 1pm, you may be disappointed because the hot food disappears very quickly. Go there if you fancy a hot lunch in an old world café atmosphere.
Directions: From O’Connell St. walk to the Post Office at the top of the street (Traffic light end), Lyons Café is adjoining the left side of Post Office. The café is accessed through its entrance on the left side of the store or by entering the store, going upstairs and through the lingerie department. See menu:
Kates Kitchen Is a delicatessen that also serves food. The food offering is limited to home baked fare such as scones, brownies cakes etc. but they serve one of the best coffees in town and are well known for their creamy porridge in the mornings. They also have a very reasonably priced and always delicious hot-pot special every day at 12.30pm. This may consist of saffron rice and creamy Thai curry for example. The hot-pot is very popular and is often already sold out by 1pm. Go there if you want to recharge with a coffee and scone/cake or feel like a light lunch.
Hargadons Pub Situated at the top of O’Connell St. Hargadons is the oldest pub in Sligo town. It offers a gastro pub style menu. Seafood, steaks and salads are the order of the day. Food is excellent for both lunch and dinner and is reasonably priced. The pub also supports the craft beer movement and has several craft beers on tap as well as a reputation for having the best Guinness in town. Hargadons is Sligo’s only Michelin listed restaurant. There is live music every Friday night. Go there if you want a little more than a light lunch.
Location: At the near end of O’Connel Street.
Donnaghy’s Pub is another great gastro pub in Sligo town. The food offering is consistently excellent. Local chef Andy Donnaghy takes his food seriously and offers an excellent value for money menu full of locally sourced ingredients. It is excellent for steaks, seafood and traditional Irish cuisine. The pub is child friendly and relaxed. Upstairs you will find ‘Coach Lane at Donnaghy’s ‘(see Dining out section). One of Sligo’s best! Booking is advisable. Ask for a cubicle in the front part when booking in a table in the bar.
Location: At the junction of Wine Street and N4 dual carriageway. Directions: Turn right going out front door, walk to the end of John Street and turn right onto Adelaide Street. Walk to the traffic lights at the very end of the street and turn left. Donnaghy’s is on the left of that street (Wine Street).
Knox A recently opened café in the centre of O’Connel Street Knox is fast becoming one of the more popular places to lunch. Serving dishes such as potted crab, eggs benedict as well as gourmet sandwiches and salads. Knox has a reputation for excellent coffee.
Café & Lunch (Out of town)
Shells Café Located on the seafront in Strandhill (9km from Sligo town), Shells is one of the top Cafés in the county. One of the finest places you can go for breakfast or lunch, Shells was listed as the best Café in county Sligo in the Sunday Times best restaurants of Ireland. Bustling with surfers and youthful staff, the food is what shines though. Try their full breakfast with homemade beans, eggs benedict or any of their lunch specials. Don’t miss this excellent must visit café.
Yeats Café Under bare Benbulben’s head, in the chapel grounds of Drumcliff, lies the poet W.B. Yeats but in the same grounds there is also an excellent café which serves homemade sandwiches, scones, cakes and puddings. The walls are adorned with arts and crafts and handmade gifts. Location: In the churchyard of Drumcliff. Turn right at the high cross and into the carpark just before you reach the round tower at Drumcliff. Visit Yeat’s grave with its famous inscription while you are there.
THe Radison Hotel situated in Ballincar, which is about half way between Sligo and Rosses point. The Radison Hotel bar is a very comfortable and relaxed bar which serves gastro pub style food. Professional service and child friendly. It is an excellent place to stop if on the way or coming back from Rosses Point around lunchtime.
The Little Cottage café If you are in Rosses point and just fancy a sandwich, scone, cake or coffee, the little cottage is a quaint little café but ideal for a pit-stop. If the weather is nice, you can sit out the front and admire the scenery that has made Rosses Point famous. If not, it’s nice and cosy inside.
The Draft House Situated in Strandhill about 100m from the sea front is a pub which specialises in craft beer and gastro pub fare. There are a wide variety of locally brewed craft beers and gastro pub food at a reasonable price. It is also child friendly.