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The Rusty Nail

€€ - €€€Irish, European,
Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
+353 74 937 6116
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“burger” (6 reviews)
“brie” (3 reviews)
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Irish, European, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
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1 - 10 of 176 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was fantastic and the service even better. I haven't had a steak that good in a very long time. Cannot wait to go back again!

Thank Rowan N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all don't get Facebook to locate this place as it shows it in Clonmany town but is actually 3-4 miles outside it. Busy place but very welcoming with a nice decore . There is a fine selection of food available . The staff...More

1  Thank bookerBelfast
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Away for a few days and found this bar seemed to be in the middle of nowhere but what a little gem. Really friendly staff, lovely atmosphere with Iran band singing in the bar, affordable price & my god possibly the best burger I have...More

Thank LizCully
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

A lovely way to spend new year's eve..live music to start the evening from a great band the lovely food..i can recommend the sharing platter..the main courses we had were really good too..no room for dessert tho the cheese board sounded really interesting, full of...More

Thank Alicat502004
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Recommended to go here, and was good advice ! Sunday afternoon, 5pm, trad singing .... very, very good ! Weren't going to .... but stayed and ate, and the food was great ... Lovely evening, and a really special treat for a visitor from Oz.

Thank Almostgreynomad
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Our 24 strong golf group had an "early bird" dinner here in one of the bars. We then had a great singing /drinking evening. We traveled out & back to Ballyliffin Town House on a locally hired coach. No "drink driving" permitted !

Thank David G
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Honestly this place is a must ... the food was amazing !! The staff were outstanding they couldn't do enough for you. Thank you for everything

Thank patriciawil
Reviewed 29 September 2017

A warm and inviting restaurant with attentive service and full menu. The atmosphere was lovely with fireplace and comfortable seating. The menu was nice and the salmon was delicious!

Thank 727marciab
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The food was to die for. All cooked to highest standard. All produce extremely fresh. Music was absolutely brilliant. Can't wait to come back.

2  Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely evening with family. Traditional session on Sunday (may have played a tune or two), fab food and Irish dancing craziness. Great night, highly recommend to locals and tourists!

Thank Maria B
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28 October 2017|
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Response from bobeff | Reviewed this property |
Had a wonderful chicken/bacon pizza here...think it was the house specialty--YUM !
28 May 2017|
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Response from Janicenewtownards | Reviewed this property |
Yes it would be best
1 June 2016|
Response from RustyNailManager | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry, yes we are open in September. Please contact me directly for more details. Contact information is on our Tripadvisor profile.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$26
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
14:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  County Donegal  >  Clonmany
  • Phone Number: +353 74 937 6116
  • E-mail
Situated at the foot of the Urris Hills on The Wild Atlantic Way, The Rusty Nail is one of Inishowen's hidden gems. With a welcoming open fire and friendly locals, The Rusty Nail provides a warm atmosphere to enjoy a good pint, a bit of craic, and of course great food. This traditional food pub, run by local couple Maresa & Enda McDonagh has an extensive bar food menu including favourites such pan-fried seabass fillets, cauliflower puree, grilled asparagus & salsa verde and grilled 30-day aged fillet steak, roast onion puree, watercress, traditional tobacco onions & red wine jus as well as a varied selection of pasta, vegetarian and gluten free options. The Rusty Nail hosts live traditional music sessions every Sunday evenings and caters for parties and family functions all year around. There are also many local activities nearby such as horse riding at Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre, walks to Glenevin Waterfall, a visit to Dunree Fort as well relaxing walks on Leenan, Binion, or Tullagh strands. A journey along the Wild Atlantic Way wouldn't be the same without a visit to The Rusty Nail.
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