The Roadside Tavern

Good Food Ireland® Approved Since 2006

We stand over our recommendations. With exacting selection and regular review processes we ensure a rewarding local Irish ingredient led experience. You can count on it!

Overview

Step inside the cosy lounge of The Roadside Tavern and take a step back in time. The low ceilings and traditional polished wooden bar are still intact and the walls are adorned with pictures of musicians that have played here on many a lively night. Oh, if those walls could talk.

Dining

If ever there was a typical Irish pub, The Roadside Tavern is it.

The Roadside Tavern was in the Curtin family for three generations but now this characterful, 150-year-old hostellery is in the hands of Peter and Birgitta Curtin of Burren Smokehouse fame.

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Peter Curtin is larger than life and his influence is reflected in the atmosphere. The food here features delicious home cooking using locally sourced ingredients to give Irish favourites a modern twist. The award-winning food menu features traditional dishes such as Irish stew and several dishes made with smoked fish from the family’s award-winning Burren Smokehouse. We highly recommend trying the Burren smoked fish platter which is served with a fresh salad. The Burren Smokehouse is just over the bridge and Peter and Birgitta will happily arrange a visit for you.

All the ingredients used are carefully chosen and locally sourced. The pub only uses the freshest local ingredients and the emphasis is on traditional Irish cuisine. The Roadside Tavern really does take great pride in the quality of its foods offering. The welcome is always warm and the craic always mighty. It’s a great place to sip Irish craft beer and to grab a plate of good food that represents this region so well while steeping yourself in history and the hospitality of one of the true gems of County Clare.


Sustainability

The Roadside Tavern is part of the Burren Ecotourism project and is committed to educating environmental awareness, conservation, education, research and traffic management for the Burren to all visitors. The team is committed to conserving energy and plans to improve insulation in the property in order to reduce the heating required. Their objective is to discontinue using coal and briquettes in the open fire in the bar and thus reduce carbon emissions.

The Roadside Tavern is committed to reducing waste and recycling as much as possible, and to the sustainable processing and sourcing of food. The Roadside Tavern had an energy audit done in 2007 and has followed the recommendations from that report. The electricity supplier is a company that uses renewable sources to create energy, and they continually look at new, innovative ideas in their processes to reduce water and energy use.

The Roadside Tavern is also committed to sustainable tourism and to caring for the environment and leaving as little trace as possible. All the fish offered are 100% Irish, sourced from Clare Island in Co. Mayo, Co. Donegal, and Co Waterford. They are committed to sourcing locally and/or organically produced raw materials and food to keep food mileage as low as possible, helping to support and grow the local community and economy. The majority of the foods used, like cheeses, vegetables, fish, and meat, are sourced from or produced in Co. Clare.

Birgitta and Peter Curtin are Slow Food members and believe in as well as support that movement. They employ staff who live locally, and support the local economy and its services.


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