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The Rusty Nail

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Irish, European,
Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
+353 74 937 6116
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“battered cod” (2 reviews)
“duck” (4 reviews)
“burger” (6 reviews)
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Irish, European, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 172 reviews

Reviewed 29 October 2017

Recommended to go here, and was good advice ! Sunday afternoon, 5pm, trad singing .... very, very good ! Weren't going to .... but stayed and ate, and the food was great ... Lovely evening, and a really special treat for a visitor from Oz.

Thank Almostgreynomad
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Our 24 strong golf group had an "early bird" dinner here in one of the bars. We then had a great singing /drinking evening. We traveled out & back to Ballyliffin Town House on a locally hired coach. No "drink driving" permitted !

Thank David G
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Honestly this place is a must ... the food was amazing !! The staff were outstanding they couldn't do enough for you. Thank you for everything

Thank patriciawil
Reviewed 29 September 2017

A warm and inviting restaurant with attentive service and full menu. The atmosphere was lovely with fireplace and comfortable seating. The menu was nice and the salmon was delicious!

Thank 727marciab
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The food was to die for. All cooked to highest standard. All produce extremely fresh. Music was absolutely brilliant. Can't wait to come back.

2  Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely evening with family. Traditional session on Sunday (may have played a tune or two), fab food and Irish dancing craziness. Great night, highly recommend to locals and tourists!

Thank Maria B
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

What a great find this was. A lovely pub with wonderful food and great hospitality. Traditional live Irish music played on a Sunday too. Well worth a visit.

Thank Woodmanafc
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Excellent grub. I had the hake that melted in your mouth and was complimented by the rich ratatouille. The Rusty Nail's champ is like no other, it will leave you dreaming about it for days, weeks later. T'other half had the battered cod (with the...More

Thank Cammckin
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We went on Saturday night and even though was extremely busy the staff were very attentive and got us seated as quickly as possible. The food was perfect we decided to hang around the area the following day just so we could try other things...More

Thank meemsers
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

myself 2 friends and 2 children visited to celebrate our 50th birthdays together. we received a warm welcome friendly service and amazing food. do not miss an opportunity to try this place

Thank Margaret H
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28 October 2017|
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Response from 727marciab | Reviewed this property |
Lots to choose from from fish, steaks, burgers, stir-fries. Great desserts!
28 May 2017|
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Response from Janicenewtownards | Reviewed this property |
Yes it would be best
2 June 2016|
Response from RustyNailManager | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry, yes we are open in September. Please contact me directly for more details. Contact information is on our Tripadvisor profile.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 25
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
4:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  County Donegal  >  Clonmany
  • Phone Number: +353 74 937 6116
  • E-mail
Situated at the foot of the Urris Hills on The Wild Atlantic Way, The Rusty Nail is one of Inishowen's hidden gems. With a welcoming open fire and friendly locals, The Rusty Nail provides a warm atmosphere to enjoy a good pint, a bit of craic, and of course great food. This traditional food pub, run by local couple Maresa & Enda McDonagh has an extensive bar food menu including favourites such pan-fried seabass fillets, cauliflower puree, grilled asparagus & salsa verde and grilled 30-day aged fillet steak, roast onion puree, watercress, traditional tobacco onions & red wine jus as well as a varied selection of pasta, vegetarian and gluten free options. The Rusty Nail hosts live traditional music sessions every Sunday evenings and caters for parties and family functions all year around. There are also many local activities nearby such as horse riding at Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre, walks to Glenevin Waterfall, a visit to Dunree Fort as well relaxing walks on Leenan, Binion, or Tullagh strands. A journey along the Wild Atlantic Way wouldn't be the same without a visit to The Rusty Nail.
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