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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