Bar One Gastro Pub
Rush Street, Castlebar,
Telephone: +353 (0)94-9034800
Mark Cadden is not a newbie when it comes to the game of food, for he was brought up in the industry with his siblings, as their parents owned the well known Asgard Pub in Westpo...
How to get there
From Upper Chapel Street, turn right onto Tucker Street,turn left onto Rush Street just past Linenhall Arts Centre.
Good to know
Mon-Sat 12.00 - 21.00
Gastropub traditional and contemporary Irish.
A La Carte:
Mains €10.50 - €22
Early Bird: No
Value Menu: Yes
Sunday Lunch: No
Children’s Menu: Yes
Number of Covers: 85
Credit Cards: Yes
About The Restaurant
Mark Cadden is not a newbie when it comes to the game of food, for he was brought up in the industry with his siblings, as their parents owned the well known Asgard Pub in Westport. His brother, Paul Cadden, also went into the food industry owning the very popular Saba restaurant in Dublin, where other brother Alan works alongside him. However, being brought up in the food industry doesn’t always mean the next generation get it right but the Cadden boys know what they are about, and Mark has created a cracking Gastro Pub in Castlebar, which is the place to go and eat, and it has also won the Best Gastro Pub Mayo 2011 in the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards – no mean feat as there is a lot of competition in Co. Mayo.
Bar One is a cool urban chic spot in rich neutral shades of dark wood, beiges and browns, nice tableware and lighting. This is the way so many people want to eat nowadays and he offers a great variety on the Bar One menu, for both lunch which runs up to 5 pm, and dinner, and all day food, of contemporary eclectic and heartwarming dishes from homemade pizzas and 8 oz gourmet burgers to substantial main courses and all at very good prices.
Appetisers include Duck Spring Rolls filled with shredded duck, onion in sweet hoisin sauce, served with sweet chilli, soy and ginger dip, or Tiger Prawns wrapped in filo pastry and served with a mango dip. There is always a very good homemade soup of the day served with Cherry Blossom Bakery brown bread, and lots of local produce including McGeough’s magnificent Connemara smoked air dried lamb, matured for 18 months in Oughterard, and served dressed with rocket, fresh shavings of Hegarty’s farmhouse cheese, and drizzled with olive oil. Alltime favourties like spicy chicken wings and deep fried garlic mushrooms are there too.
Homemade pizzas are a witty homage to New York and Mayo including the ‘Made in Mayo’ which has tomato sauce, Carrowholly cheese, Kelly’s Newport black pudding and red onion relish, whilst ‘Brooklyn’ has tomato sauce, Mozzarella cheese, Cajun chicken, onions, peppers, sweetcorn and rocket. The ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ is vegetarian with tomato, Mozzarella, Wicklow Brie cheese, rocket, sweet corn, peppers, onions, mushrooms and black olives and ‘The West’s Awake’ with tomato sauce, Carrowholly cheese, McGeough’s air dried lamb, rocket and Hegarty’s farmhouse cheese.
Homemade Gourmet Burgers too are innovative with ‘The Mountaineer’ sporting Swiss cheese and Ballymaloe Relish, ‘The Big Blue’ boasting Cashel Blue cheese, and ‘Indian Spice’ coming with red onion, rocket and Tikka mayo. All burgers are in a floury bap with tossed salad, coleslaw and hand cut fries.
Mains include a penne pasta Napolitan with Cajun chicken and a Vegetarian Lasagne. Bangers and Mash are by way of Kelly’s of Newport pork, Carrowholly cheese, and onion sausages served with mash, sauteed onions and a red wine jus. Bar one is very good with Asian food too as Indian chef, Muls, grinds his own spices in house - so you are guaranteed a really genuine home style South Indian curry. Of course, you can also get a really good Hereford sirloin steak, 8oz or 10oz, from McHale’s Butchers, aged for 21 days, and this comes with handcut fries, sauteed onions, mushrooms, and a choice of pink peppercorn sauce or garlic and chive butter. The menu changes of course and there are daily specials. They do a cracking Irish Lamb Stew, great Fish ‘n Chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce, and lovely breaded Scampi with tossed salad, coleslaw, and fries.
Save room for desserts and they also have a very well chosen and well priced wine list with wines available by the glass, 50cl carafe, or the bottle. I love to see those 50cl carafes available – perfect for nowadays.
Destination Mayo - check out Bar One!
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