Inside the brick-red facade of The Roadside Tavern, you’ll find nothing less than the full Clare experience, complete with terrific food, excellent drink — especially their own brews — and serious trad sessions.
A family-owned business, the Curtins have run The Tavern since the 1890s and, in the good old-fashioned Irish tradition, the atmosphere is as easy-going and full of character as they come. But alongside that, Peter and Birgitta Curtin’s open embrace of excellence and innovation has seen the prizes and nominations pile up, including selection as Clare Pub of the Year and Best Gastropub in County Clare.
Inside, Kieran O’Halloran runs Kieran’s Kitchen, where he turns out exquisitely prepared traditional dishes that burst with fresh, local flavour. Favourites are, of course, smoked salmon from the Burren Smokehouse, but diners can also tuck into a selection of sandwiches, small plates and hearty mains such as Gleninagh Irish Stew, Burren Black Stout Angus Steak Pie, or bacon and cabbage. There’s even an Irish tapas board, loaded with pâté and Irish cheese and charcuterie.
Within a stone’s throw of the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Doolin, Ballyvaughan and Lahinch, The Roadside Tavern is the perfect staging post for enjoying the best of local flavours to give you a taste of all that Clare has to share.