Food and drink near Scart House

Castlecove

Fancy picking up the paper? Fresh eggs and rashers? Or a bottle of wine to enjoy with the sunset? Take a stroll (300m) down to O'Leary's Green Shop, a well-stocked corner shop with plenty of basics and delicious local produce including honey and baked goods.

For a pint, you can't go past An Siopa Dubh (The Black Shop). It's just a 400m stroll from the door of Scart House - a wonderful traditional Irish pub right on your doorstep. The owners, Brendan and Carmel, are encyclopaedic about local history and the walls are covered with photos and memorabilia. Why not call in for a cold Guinness and a chat?

A further 100m walk and you will arrive at Bake My Day, a fantastic local venue for cakes and light lunches. The white chocolate cheesecake is very dangerous! This is an absolute gem of a place; don't miss it! Open most of the summer, from breakfast until afternoon tea.

Staigue Fort House, 800m from Scart House, is an early 20th century pub and guesthouse standing guard at the entrance to the lane that lead to the eponymous iron-age monument.

Westcove Bakery, 2km (1.2 miles) from Scart House, is beautifully tucked away beside Westcove Harbour (a great starting point for fishing trips with Ray Cushe). Here there is opportunity for live music - keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information. We can highly recommend their almond croissants!

For an unrivalled spot for lunch on the beach, try O'Carrolls Cove Beachside Bar & Seafood Restaurant (4.5km/2.7 miles). On a sunny day... well, you simply can't beat it! Known for its Kerry lamb and fresh local seafood, this is a great spot for dinner, lunch or just a drink by the cove's turquoise waters (keep your eyes peels for dolphins and seals!). Photo credit John Kelliher.

Caherdaniel (5km/3 miles west of Scart House)

After a visit to Derrynane House & Gardens (the former home of Daniel O'Connell) take a visit to Ahamore Tearooms (9km/5.5 miles), beautifully situated in the house's sheltered courtyard. Enjoy a light lunch, or something sweet, before taking a stroll on Derrynane Beach.

A great post-Derynane-beachwalk refresher can be found at Keating's Bar (known locally as Bridie's) - this cute little bar is just a stone's throw from Derrynane Harbour (9km/5.5 miles). Friendly service, and serving soups & sandwiches, stone baked pizza and hot and cold drinks. Open for lunch only.

It's impossible to drive past the Blind Piper in Caherdaniel (7km/4 miles), open from 12.30pm daily with last orders taken at 8pm. Great pub grub! Live music every Tuesday and Thursday throughout July and August (check for days outside these peak periods) - this is not to be missed. Get there early, as it's normally packed.

Caherdaniel Garden Centre and Garden Café (7km/ 4 miles) is a much-loved local hang-out. The owners, Niamh and Toby, have created a true oasis in Caherdaniel and we definitely recommend a visit. Open from June to September 10am to 5pm and closed on Mondays. Delicious homemade soup with spelt bread, freshly baked cakes, raspberry and chocolate slice, white chocolate baked cheesecake and daily specials. Also, dairy and gluten-free options. Tea, coffee, cake and treats - go early in your stay, because this is a cafe you're going to want to return to.

Sneem (14km/7.5 miles east of Scart House)

Sneem (the "Knot in the Ring") is one of Ireland's Top 10 Tourism Towns and is packed full of places to eat (and shop!). Here are a few of our favourites (but take the time to explore this little gem yourselves... who knows what you might find!):

  • Sacre Coeur Restaurant - serves local seafood, meat and vegetables. It's best to book (+353 646645186) ahead, as it's a popular venue (and for good reason!). Don't miss the crab claws. There is an early bird menu from 6-7pm.
  • D. O'Shea's Bar (look for the pink building as you drive through the village) is a local institution - great bar food and atmosphere in a picturesque location. Serves really good pub food, lunch and dinner. On sunny days, grab a spot on the terrace and take in the beautiful views of the Sneem river/estuary as it winds its way to Kenmare Bay.
  • Pygmalion Restaurant is the go to for fine dining. Situated in the Parknasilla Resort and Spa, non-residents are welcome to book (and it's well worth doing so for a treat). Dinner service begins at 7pm and you'll need to book (+353 646675600) and a four course dinner with appetiser/main/dessert/tea and coffee is €50 per person. They have an excellent wine selection.
  • If you don't fancy... fancy... then you can still eat at Parknasilla. Doolittle Bar serves snacks and bar food and it's possible to dine al fresco. Also, The Tram is now serving fresh and wholesome street food, well worth a look.
  • Dan Murphy's Bar is a popular spot for music and a pint - a real traditional Irish pub! Check their Facebook page for live music dates and times.
  • Stone House Restaurant serves fresh local food in cosy surrounds - call +353646645188 to book.
  • For dinner with amazing views, stop into Sneem Hotel for a section of local seafood (you might even be lucky and see the catch of the day delivered to the hotel by boat!). Open for breakfast and dinner daily.
  • The Village Kitchen is known locally as Barbara's - lovely baked goods served in a really friendly atmosphere. They're open for breakfast too.

Sneem is home to a couple of corner shops (DJ O'Sullivan's - known locally as Hilary's - and Christian's), a fantastic pharmacy and a number of places for retail therapy (The Green ChairQuill's Woollen MarketAnnie's Home-Made Ice Cream).

Waterville (20km/12 miles west of Scart House)

The seafront village of Waterville boasts beautiful views across Ballingkelligs Bay and is a stunning drive along a mountainous coastal section of the Ring of Kerry. There are a plethora of eating options available for all tastes:

  • The 1889 Bar & Restaurant (in the recently refurbished Waterville Golf Links clubhouse) serves fine Irish cuisine by international chef Rob O’Mahony. Booking recommended. Join them for a light lunch after a round of golf or a dinner accompanied by the golden hues of an Atlantic Ocean sunset. A must!
  • We love everything about Dooley's Waterfront Bar & Restaurant - from the delicious food to the designer interior to the magnificent views across the bay. From 12pm till Late. Fantastic seafood and very tasty desserts. Booking recommended.
  • The Lobster Bar & Restaurant serves fresh seafood and even have an in-house baker for not-to-be-missed breads and desserts. You won't miss this place - look for the giant lobster holding a pint of Guinness as you drive through the village.
  • An Corcan Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. A casual relaxed atmosphere and wholesome, quality food.
  • Smuggler's Inn serves a seasonal menu of local seafood as well as locally sourced produce. A restored farmhouse, it's a wonderful stop for lunch, dinner or just a glass of wine on the water's edge.
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