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Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant

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Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant
Johnnie & Maria Begley
Main Street, Oughterard,
Co.Galway

Telephone: +353 (0)91 866-645
Email: johnniebegley@yahoo.ie
Web: connemaragreenwaycafe.com

On a late summer afternoon, whilst adventuring along the Wild Atlantic Way, we came across the wonderful Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant on the Main Street in Oug...

Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant
  • Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant
  • Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant
  • Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant
  • Connemara Greenway Cafe & Restaurant

How to get there

Heading towards Clifden, Greenway is on the right hand side of Main Street across from Bank of Ireland.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
March - End of December approx
9am - 8.30pm daily
Cuisine:
Irish
A La Carte:
Mains €13.95 - €21.95
Sunday Lunch:
Yes
Children’s Menu:
No
Number of Covers:
22-24
Wheelchair Facilities:
No
Credit Cards:
Yes
Private Dining Facilities:
No
Wifi:
Yes

About The Restaurant

On a late summer afternoon, whilst adventuring along the Wild Atlantic Way, we came across the wonderful Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant on the Main Street in Oughterard, and, feeling a tad peckish, we were more than happy to stop and check it out.

Specializing in fresh homemade meals, cakes and breads, as well providing a great range of craft beers from craft brewers near and far, and wines from carefully selected small suppliers, Johnnie and Maria Begley’s café restaurant is a busy buzzy community hub doing a great breakfast menu all year round with local honey, creamy porridge, free range eggs, locally made black pudding and more delicious local fare. Dinner is offered on Fridays and Saturdays through winter and spring, but is available from Tuesday to Saturday in the summer and autumn. Their evening menu offers some really fab dishes like a striploin steak with luscious Dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal veg and garlic butter; a beef and Guinness stew with creamy mashed potatoes; as well roast duck in an orange sauce served up with baby potatoes and seasonal veg.

We arrived mid afternoon, with a whole lot of road behind us, eager to replenish ourselves and, from the moment we set foot inside, we knew we were onto a winner. Though the outside offers classic country charm, with it’s rough stone walls and colourful window boxes, the interior has a clean modern style to it with black wooden furniture, white walls and grey banquets, with other embellishments to the décor being colourful but non invasive. It’s warm and welcoming and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Up front is the café area and to the rear they have their deli and bakery from which the smell of freshly cooked treats emanated.

There are lots of goodies to choose from on their lunchtime menu whether it’s a light bite or a more substantial chomp you’re looking after. They do an assortment of sandwiches made to order, as well as wraps and gluten free options, along with daily specials. A warm quiche of home baked ham and mature Irish cheddar sounded good alongside Uncle Matt’s Farm salad, as did a grilled chicken super salad with pesto, pasta, broccoli, courgettes, peppers and quinoa, but I had my mind made up once I saw the grilled salmon dish. My plate arrived with an impressive tranch of poisson, accompanied by a tasty new potato salad drizzled in a zesty lemon and dill mayonnaise. Brendan decided on their Connemara seafood chowder with homemade brown bread, as well as a hot bacon and brie sandwich with a salad, both of which he thoroughly enjoyed. The chowder was creamy and rich and full of the good stuff, while his sandwich was melt in the mouth delicious on crisp and tasty rustic bread. Brendan washed his meal down with a tasty Wild Bat Beer from their craft beers menu, whilst I, with motoring duties still ahead of me stuck with Cornelius Pink Lemony Lemonade.

Feeling refreshed and renewed, and with a lot of road left to cover, we paid the bill and headed for the hills. But, next time you’re out wesht, make your way to the Connemara Greenway Café.

Missing it, is missing out.

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