At the weekend we called into a few restaurants and cafes - here's some quick reviews of each:
Cafe Rua, Spencer Street, Castlebar
Cafe Rua is a deli/cafe just a few doors down from Roma's old house in Spencer Street in Castlebar. It was also close to the apartment where we stayed while in Castlebar. My first visit was for two coffees as the apartment had no supplies of food. On our last day we went there again for a late breakfast/early lunch. We had delicious sausage, cheese, and chutney toasted sandwich for €5 - very tasty and good value. Cafe Rua - recommended.
Portofino, Tucker Street, Castlebar
On Friday evening Roma and I went out to dinner with Angus and Fiona Bourke to Portofino in Castlebar. The restaurant was very quiet, but we had a splendid meal. I had oysters for starters - the thing with this is that I got a big plate with lots of ice and shells. With six oyters there is really very little to eat - I could have eaten two dozen! I had delicious red snapper for main course - really well cooked and presented. Certainly worth visiting again when next in Castlebar - recommended.
Coady's Linenhall Street, Castlebar
While out for a walk Roma and I popped into Coady's of Linenhall Street for a quick pint. This was an extremely quiet place with only a few other people present having a jar. We were alone in the lounge and despite nice surroundings the place was devoid of atmosphere and we left after one pint. Like a lot of pubs, business is very slow and I suspect that it will not be around for long if this recession keeps up. Coady's is also a Funeral Director - 'nuff said.
Achill Sound Hotel
While at the wedding of Elaine and Olan, Roma and I stayed at the Achill Sound Hotel. This brought us back many years as we used to call into this hotel for lunch while on holiday in Achill when the girls were young - mostly on rainy days (which happened a lot). The hotel is basic, but comfortable. When we came back late after the wedding the front door was open and our key (along with several otehrs) was left on the front desk for us - nobody about! There's not many places where you'll find trust like this. If you want cheap accomodation in Achill, but still like a hotel, give this a try. Don't expect much, but it is clean and comfortable.