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Carrick on Shannon is one of the key stopovers for boaters and fishermen on the Shannon. In terms of dining, there really is something for everyone: from great pub grub, Modern Irish Cuisine, French cuisine, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai and Lebanese.
In Carrick on Shannon town, very close to the river are the following restaurants:
Cryans: Traditional Irish Pub with an excellent pint. They regularly have trad sessions and Bluegrass night is every Friday night.They have recently opened a new hotel nearby and the restaurant has moved there.
The Oarsman: This eaterie has won many dining awards including Best Pub and is listed in the Georgina Campbell food guide. They serve a wonderful lunch with something for everyone. All week (except Monday) and on Thursday, Friday & Saturday they serve A La Carte meals upstairs. The food is nothing short of wonderful and has a lovely friendly atmosphere. Live music Friday & Saturday.
The Landmark Hotel: This hotel has a number of options for food. The Boardwalk Cafe is open all day for lunch, teas, coffees, snacks, etc. and in the evenings it has a large and varied menu of fish, continental, asian and Irish cuisine. They also have a more upmarket ala carte restaurant for evening meals which is very well regarded locally.
Victoria Hall: This beautiful converted church just off the Shannon serves a wonderful mix of Asian Cuisines. Open for lunch and evening meals.
Chungs, Golden Sea & The Phoenix Court are the three local Chinese eateries and all are 3 minute walk from the bridge in Carrick.
Shamrat, upstairs and next door to the Oarsman does great indian Food and the service is excellent.
Vittos, on the corner beside the Market Yard is a large family restaurant serving Italian and Irish cuisine and is great for big groups.
For quick snacks or soakage, there are also great sandwich bars, takeaways and fast food restaurants in Carrick including The Anchorage Take-away, Crumbs, The Larder, Subway and Coffeys Pastry Case.
Outside Carrick on Shannon
The Cottage: a bit further afield, in Jamestown (5KM) The Cottage is well worth a visit. Opposite the weir in jamestown in a picturesque cottage, this restaurant serves up gourmet cuisine in a lovely intimate atmosphere. The food is contemporary, well priced and extremely tasty. They also do a wonderful sunday lunch.
The Cootehall Bridge Restaurant : If you are around for a few days, its well worth the trip to Cootehall (approx 8KM from Carrick) to or the Cootehall Bridge restaurant (also known as Manfreds). Eric the proprietor is very welcoming and although the place is small, you can dine overlooking the Boyle River. It is also very convenient for boaters who are en-route between Carrick and Lough Key, where you can stop off at Manfreds own marina and partake of their finely concieved and delicious menu of modern-Irish cuisine.