Superb Food & Unrivalled Hospitality
Abbeyglen Castle Restaurant
With a tradition of unrivalled hospitality, the Restaurant at Abbeyglen Castle, opened by the Hughes family in 1960 is regarded locally as one of the best restaurants in Clifden, the Abbeyglen Castle Restaurant is known for its affordable luxury dining experience, cozy ambience and unrivaled views. Only a 7-minute amble from Clifden village, the Castle Restaurant is situated in the heart of the ivy fortified castle in the hills overlooking the harbour.
The Castle Restaurant is renowned for its superb kitchens, classic dishes, and innovative use of fresh local ingredients. Guests can choose from an A La Carte Menu or elect to dine from the extensive “Table D’Hôte” Menu, which changes daily. Our experienced Chefs are always more than happy to accommodate any special dietary requirements you may have.
Menu favorites include seasonal fish and seafood, Seafood Chowder known for its heartiness and locally sourced fish and Cleggan Bay Crab Claws, caught by local fishermen, Killary Bay Oysters and Wild Atlantic Lobster cooked to your specification. As the days shorten, robust winter dishes feature, grilled prime cuts, game and warming casseroles reflect the open fires and comfort of being cosseted after a day in the fresh Connemara air.
Compliment your food with a paring from our thoughtfully curated wine list featuring classic old-world vintages, exciting new world labels and organic and biodynamic wines.
Dining at the Abbeyglen Castle while gazing at sunset over the yachts and fishing boats moored in the harbour and beyond to the remarkable Connemara landscape is the highlight of many guests’ stay. The Restaurant is renowned for its atmosphere and is popular with the village locals reflecting the central role it plays in the local community.
As you dine you will enjoy live music performed on a Steinway piano, usually in full swing. Offering everything you would imagine from a castle restaurant with cozy open fires, exposed stonework and original beams, large ornate mirrors, crystal chandeliers and many objet d’art, all combine to bring romance to your dining experience.
After dinner, all are welcome to the Castle Piano Bar to enjoy spontaneous musical evenings, where you can sample the unrivaled atmosphere of Steinway sounds while some of the best local artists will impress you with their majestic voices. Guests are always welcome to bring their own instrument and sing along till the early hours. Tuesday night is Irish night. We provide an Irish themed menu serving a number of traditional dishes. Accompanied by a wonderful evening of traditional Irish music and song which continues after dinner in the Castle bar.