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“Great for an extended lunchtime pit-stop”

Gielty's Clew Bay Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Dooagh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Open all year around serving local fresh produce and family friendly surroundings. Nice warm atmosphere with the personal touch. We off a free shuttle service to pick you up at your accommodation and leave you home free of charge up to a 4 mile radius.We have a nice selection of wines,whiskys and Gins and beers to wet your pallet. Why not drop in for a coffee a pint or good home cooked meal and home made dessert.. No strangers here only friends who have not met
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I was on Achill for 3 nights with my wife and 3yr old son. We'd heard good things about Gielty's seafood so popped in while the little fella fell asleep by an amazing open fire whilst we enjoyed the beautiful seafood chowder and an excellent pint of Guinness. Service was very prompt and friendly. The only disappointment was the crab claws and mussels not being on that day. We returned the following day to warm up after an hour on Keem beach in the hope they would be on the menu, but sadly we were out of luck. We would definitely return for lunch to enjoy the fire, Guinness and service but would check menu availability before going for dinner.

Thank adrian b
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Alan G, Owner at Gielty's Clew Bay Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Hi Adrian,
Thank you for the review and for choosing us for lunch,Crab claws and mussels are very popular dish also there are weather dependant to we get our fresh fish form local suppliers and unfortunately if the weather isn't suitable for fishing this would limit the amount of fish we can purchase.Please feel free to ring ahead at any stage for updates on menu's.
Kind Regards

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Called here for a drink after a long Walk on Keel beach. On this occasion it was only for a drink. It was very busy as St Patrick's Day parade had taken place. But we had a look at the menu. Very varied & all dishes we saw looked delicious & well presented. We will be back in Achill in the summer & will definitely eat there then

Thank annef918
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

This is a pub and coffee house on Achill Island. We only went into the coffee house.

Essentially this part of County Mayo easily meets the definition of being in the middle of nowhere.

I’d say it’s the middle of nowhere and another 20 miles journey after that.

There’s something about this little west of Ireland island, with its little population (about 2,500 souls) its little land-bridge to get on/off the island, its cliffs, its peat bogs, its beaches and the overwhelming, raging Atlantic Ocean that takes us back here over and over again. People have lived here for at least 5,000 years.

Stunning scenery, crystal clear water, fresh air and raw, wild nature apart it has practically nothing of comfort to offer visitors, you’d be hard pushed even to find a public toilet particularly in winter: stark, wild, beauty bathed in a peat perfumed wind-song that never whispers, with its own microclimate.

As we drove over the single desolate bridge onto the island the icy blue skies turned to heavily pregnant grey clouds, the already cold 6 degrees centigrade on the dashboard clock dropped a notch then quickly two notches and a bright afternoon suddenly dimmed.

Outside the car the wind chill awaited. Everybody Hurts was on the radio.

Then the when the rain waters broke the mist closed further in. By this time we were parked right beside a beach with the fierce Atlantic just 30 feet away and out we got for a bracing walk.

The north west wind had a different idea and our walk was more of a struggle to stay upright and the rain was merciless.

When we returned from our endeavours we needed to find a toilet, so we drove to a nearby shop that didn’t have one and they suggested we go along the road and as advised we found this place.

It was an oasis to thaw out. No signs saying toilets are for customers only.

The cappuccinos were exquisite and to our surprise and sheer delight they had gin & lemon cheesecake - yes gin & lemon. And they didn’t stint on the gin and the lemon zinged. And they didn’t stint on food & drink portions either.

The cheesecake had sliced lemon on top which was bitter so here’s a tip for them; next time instead of just putting sliced lemon on top of the cheesecake boil up a simple sugar syrup (white sugar & water) simmer the sliced lemon gently just for a few minutes and cool. Then put the poached lemon sliced on top.

The staff were very friendly, the free WiFi fast and here’s the thing that the Irish have in spades - you strike up a conversation with a total stranger and it’s as if you’ve known each other forever.

No doubt we will return and this coffee stop will be another reason to do so.

Thank Newryoneisback
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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

Visited Achill Island for the first time and decided to grab some lunch and found this restaurant after visiting the deserted village which was very interesting.

When I walked inside I was welcomed by Alan who seated me beside the open fire which was great because it was so cold outside. The view outside was amazing also.

I ordered the fish and I have to say it went down a treat!

I would highly recommend Gielty’s, and definitely the fish.

Thank you Alan and staff for a great experience!

Thank BoweBright
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Early January is fairly lonely in Achill. The buzz of Christmas and new year has died down so on looking for food we find ourselves at Gieltys. This is a pub/cafe that is in a wonderful position overlooking the Wild Atlantic Ocean. A storm was brewing as we arrived and a big fire was on in one room. We got a window overlooking the ocean and ordered food. Huge pity that the radiators weren't on and it did get fairly cool and the draft coming in from the door didn't help either.
Eventually the food came which was ok but I have to add that the service was quite poor, 2 guys and a girl and she kept the show going.
I will say the chocolate brownie was divine but feeling cold during your meal is fairly annoying.

Thank tabbyLeitrim
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