Culture & Heritage

Kilbeggan Distillery

Immerse yourself in over 250 years of Irish whiskey making at Kilbeggan Distillery, the heart of Kilbeggan town for two centuries. See the 19th century water wheel that’s still in use and the steam engine, which is still fired up on special occasions. You’ll enjoy a visit to the old warehouses and even get to meet the onsite distillers. But no trip to a distillery is complete without a wee drop. So a tour that’s literally steeped in history, treat yourself to a master class in tasting Kilbeggan’s four unique Irish Whiskeys, Greenore Single Grain, Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Tyrconnell Single Malt and Connemara Peated Single Malt. If you’re the designated driver don’t worry. You’ll get a taster size to enjoy the moment you get home.
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The Fatted Calf

Established as a destination for good food and drinks, The Fatted Calf is run by husband and wife team, Feargal and Fiona O'Donnell. Their focus is on finding the best, fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, that the Midlands has to offer. Their food is a take on modern Irish food, served in a relaxed, comfortable, setting. Some of recommended specialities include seared King Scallops served with Lisduff Black Pudding Bon Bons and Blood Orange and Carved fillet of John Stone Beef served with Glasson Mushrooms and Bordelaise Sauce.
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Poppy Fields

Situated in the busy Golden Island area of Athlone, the smell of freshly baked produce and friendly chat will draw you towards Poppy Fields. Whether you are looking for your caffeine hit and a little treat in a friendly and inviting environment or for tasty lunch, you won’t leave Poppy Fields hungry. With local ingredients and homemade breads, scones and desserts, it’s no surprise that Poppy Fields is a popular eatery with locals and visitors alike.
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Il Colosseo

Looking for that authentic Italian experience in the heart of Ireland? Il Colosseo is to place to be, serving traditional Italian and European dishes. The restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet meal for two, a family gathering or large party.
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Ballinahown Tea Rooms

Classic china tea sets used for your favourite brew. A simple menu of soup of the day and sandwiches loaded with local produce. Wraps and salads. And the best tartlets and quiches you’ve ever tasted - freshly baked to order and coming out of the oven warm and runny and irresistibly delicious. Home baking to die for - buns, cakes, breads and scones. A small deli section allows you to buy some of this to take home. Ballinahown Tearoom is a treasure of a find. 
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Beans and Leaves

Steven & Martina's Linehan’s thinking is straightforward... don’t mess with fantastic ingredients, keep it simple! Bring out the best in them and serve in delicious sandwiches, salads, hot meals & desserts all made on the premises. All for reasonable prices to have here or to take home. And, judging by the deli’s popularity, it’s a recipe that works.
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Eat Unique

Eat Unique in Monksland are the healthy take away. Located just off Junction 13 on N6, Eat Unique pride themselves on making healthy eating easy with their collection of fresh, handmade salads and hot dishes served every week day. They are the epitome of feel good food with tasty, nutritious food that’s convenient and affordable. A must try is their Burrito Bowl or Fajita Chicken Wrap. Looking for a tasty snack? They also create a range of healthy snacks, packed with all the good stuff. All their produce and packaging is sourced locally as they strive to support local businesses. Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
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Savoury Fare

Open over 20 years, Savoury Fare is a firm favourite for breakfast, brunch and lunch for Athlone locals and visitors alike. With 3 restaurants in Irishtown, Monksland and Fernhill Garden Centre, Savoury Fare Athlone has been serving up tasty treats, delicious dishes and cakes and coffees. With great food and customer service at their core, Savoury Fare serves homemade, high quality wholesome food daily at their 3 restaurants. From firm favourites to daily specials, their dishes are sure to satisfy whether you dine in their restaurants or take away. Expect a warm welcome and food you love at Savoury Fare!
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Harvest Homemade

Harvest Homemade in Athlone Towncentre offers a wide selection of wholesome and homemade tasty carvery dishes, soups, gourmet sandwiches and most importantly sweet treats.
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Corner House Bistro

Corner House Bistro has become a favourite dinning choice for locals and tourists alike. Run by husband and wife team Joe and Linda Connolly, The Corner House Bistro offers customers a high quality dinning experience with a very personal touch. With a mix of casual furnishings, interesting menus and excellent service, Corner House Bistro is a must for diners with a passion for food.
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Al Mezza

The name Al Mezza comes from the custom by which Lebanese food is often served. Similar to the tapas of Spain and antipasto of Italy, mezze is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an awe-inspiring array of colours, flavours, textures and aromas. Look forward to pickled vegetables, hummus and bread, grilled marinated seafood, skewered meats and lots more.
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L’Escale restaurant at Hodson Bay Hotel

L’ESCALE ESTAURANT – Fine dining with flair at Hodson Bay Hotel. Whether it is a romantic dinner, a celebration get-together, a meal with the girls or a well-deserved treat, our award winning L’Escale Restaurant is guaranteed to delight.
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