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“Our Last Feast in the Irish Countryside”

Burkes Bar and Restaurant , Clonbur , Co. Galway
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Clonbur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$34
Cuisines: Irish, International
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Burke's Clonbur is a Family run Bar & Restaurant in the beautiful village of Clonbur , Co. Galway . Our Bar is Old World , it's like stepping back in time. The Dining room over looks the beautiful Country side of Joyce Country, Enjoy the sun set from our dining room. The Burke Family are in Mount Gable House since 1922 . Four generations of the family .
Reviewed 26 April 2018

On this last night in the Irish countryside, my wife wasn't feeling well so she was unable to join her sister, her husband and me for dinner. Based on our desire to eat somewhere nearby but outside of Cong, we followed our Ryan's River Lodge host’s recommendation and drove to the nearby village of Clonbur in County Galway, about 10 minutes from our bed and breakfast. John J. Burke and Sons was our dining destination.

While you couldn’t tell from the outside, the inside of Burkes was beyond spacious! The dining areas were multifaceted…with different looks in different parts of the restaurant. It was all very warm and comfortable with plenty of objects of interest scattered throughout. It was a weekday…it was rainy…and it was the very end of September. Burkes was very quiet. Other than one other table and 2 gentlemen at a small segment of the bar, we had the place to ourselves.

On to the food… Somehow we first consumed 5 pints of local craft beer. (5.70E/$6.85 US each) Then Bill had a nice bowl of Seafood Chowder to start out his evening meal. (7.50E/$9.00 US) Bonnie and Bill also shared a Fried Mushrooms appetizer with a bit of salad. (6.95E/8.35 US) It was well enjoyed!

FYI…Burkes can seat around 140 patrons. From what I could determine, they are packed in season and reservations are needed. They even have dining on an outside deck overlooking the countryside. Also in season, this is an important local venue for traditional Irish music on the weekends.

It was our last night in Ireland, (other than the final stay at the Dublin Hilton Airport Hotel), and it was my last chance to order something that I’d rarely find in the USA. So I ordered the Leg of Lamb Dinner which came with vegetables, potatoes and lots of luscious lamb. (15.95E/$19.15 US) It was very good…as a matter of fact it was the best lamb I’d eaten during our trip!

For their entrees, Bonnie and Bill went for a pair of personal pizzas. Bonnie had the ‘Amore Pizza’ and Bill enjoyed the loaded ‘Caprice Pizza’. These were huge for 'personal pizzas' but at 10.95E/$13.15 US each, the cost was more than reasonable. They were judged to be very good…even if they weren't "Irish".

John J. Burke and Sons Restaurant (Burkes) was a great place for us to close out the local restaurant scene portion of our Irish adventure. We’d recommend it to anyone traveling in this area of Ireland.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

We had dinner at this venue. Mine was a rack of lamb. Perfectly cooked and very tasty. Smiling attention from our waitress. Would definitely go back.

Thank tandrm39
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Visited the restaurant this evening with family for a meal. The food was excellent and the menu catered for all tastes.
We have been visiting this family run restaurant and bar for many years and it never fails to impress.
We will be back soon.

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Thank AmberIreland
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

We got this place recommended by our hostess in our B&B and would definately recommend it ourselves! The food was delicious and we had brilliant music to go with it as well. Even though we seemed to be the only tourists in this place full of locals we felt very welcome and stayed there for the whole evening!

Thank evatrachsel
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Many places were closed in November. This resturant was great. The food was very good with a nice selection. The staff was very friendly and service was good. Prices were good too!

Thank LenoreL629
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