We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Delicious coffee and home baking in a relaxed setting”

Jack Fenn Courtyard Cafe
Ranked #21 of 55 Restaurants in Ballina
Description: Jack Fenn's Courtyard Cafe is Ballina's new foodie destination situated in the courtyard at Belleek Castle. The cafe itself is housed in the former 1820's stables & coach house at Belleek Castle. The exterior brickwork & character has been restored and the interior design of the building has been given a modern design inspired by the life of Jack Fenn, a sailor & adventurer! Jack Fenn's Courtyard Cafe won the award for "Cafe of the year 2019” in Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide" & "Best Newcomer in Connaught 2018" at the Irish Restaurant Awards. Open daily for breakfast & all day brunch from Wednesday until Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Restaurant details
Description: Jack Fenn's Courtyard Cafe is Ballina's new foodie destination situated in the courtyard at Belleek Castle. The cafe itself is housed in the former 1820's stables & coach house at Belleek Castle. The exterior brickwork & character has been restored and the interior design of the building has been given a modern design inspired by the life of Jack Fenn, a sailor & adventurer! Jack Fenn's Courtyard Cafe won the award for "Cafe of the year 2019” in Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide" & "Best Newcomer in Connaught 2018" at the Irish Restaurant Awards. Open daily for breakfast & all day brunch from Wednesday until Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth a stop after a stroll in Belleek Woods! Friendly efficient staff. All in a warm cosy setting. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank HelenTravelBug
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Paul D, Receptionist at Jack Fenn Courtyard Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Dear HelenTravelBug,

Thank you for taking your time to leave us a review of your recent visit to Jack Fenn cafe. It is a pleasure to hear you enjoyed your meal. I hope you have a chance to visit us again and enjoy a cup of coffee and some sweet treats after your next Autumns walk through the lovely woodland that surrounds.

Warm Regards,
Shannen

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (25)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

7 - 11 of 25 reviews

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Having visited many times now at this stage as we live close. It can only be said that it is disappointing. Scones and cake are very good but the rest of the menu lately is hit and miss at best!! Would love to see this change and be able to recommend this to people coming to Ballina!!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Moycullen17
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Paul D, Receptionist at Jack Fenn Courtyard Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Dear Moycullen17,

Thank you for taking your time to leave us a review of your visit to the Jack Fenn cafe. I do apologise that you didnt find your meal to be up to standard. We are currently in the process of making changes to the menu and give it a fresh new feel.

We appreciate you letting us know your thoughts and will pass these onto management to be sure of these improvements.

I hope you have a chance to visit again in the future as we would be delighted to welcome you back.

Warm Regards,
Shannen

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Tiny overpriced portions. Nice but not that nice. Disappointed after reading all the good reviews. Come for coffee and cake perhaps as it is a beautiful place.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LauraMcA84
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Paul D, Receptionist at Jack Fenn Courtyard Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Dear LauraMcA84,

Thank you for taking your time to leave us feedback of your visit to the Jack Fenn cafe. I do apologise that you found your experience to not be up to our usual standard and we appreciate all reviews both positive and negative in the hopes to improve and better our business.

I do hope you have a chance to visit again in the future when we can hopefully get a chance to provide you with a high level of service.

Warm Regards,
Shannen

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by the lovely atmosphere and food at Jack Fenn. They had many options for breakfast and lunch.

Soup of the day and brown bread -Excellent .

Avocado toast - Good. Could have done with a little more fresh avocado and less prepared guacamole.

Kids Fish n Chips - Good sized portion.

Organization amongst the staff members could be improved.
-Our food came at different times so we were not able to eat together.
-We were all drinking water and there was a lot of back and forth with refills. It would have made sense to leave a jug on the table.
-They were filling the sugar bowls at the tables using boxes. Maybe take the sugar bowls to the back instead of moving around the cafe.

We will go back next time we are in Ballina.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ModMego
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Paul D, Receptionist at Jack Fenn Courtyard Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Dear ModMego,

Thank you for taking your time to leave us a review of your visit to Jack Fenns cafe.

I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal. I will pass your comments over to our management regarding organisation in the aim to improve the service provided.

I do hope you have a chance to visit the cafe again in the future and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Warm Regards,
Shannen

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 September 2018

I had eaten here a few times and love the food and ambience specially on a sunny day with the outside seating. The soup and homemade brown bread is huge and very tasty. The other dishes are light bites but leave enough room for some homemade tasty desserts and cakes. Get there early as they sometimes run out of choice of desserts/cakes mid afternoon! The Australian guy on the coffee is most friendly and helpful and welcoming!

Date of visit: August 2018
    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Koala3Ireland
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Paul D, Receptionist at Jack Fenn Courtyard Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Dear Koala3Ireland,

Thank you for taking your time to leave us a review of your recent visit to our Jack Fenn cafe. It is a pleasure to hear you enjoyed your lunch at the cafe.

The large windows in the cafe let in great lighting and look out over the courtyard. It is a beautiful place to have a bite to eat during the summer as the courtyard really does catch the summers sun.

I do hope you have a chance to visit the castle again in the future as we would be delighted to welcome you back.

Warm Regards,
Shannen

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Jack Fenn Courtyard Cafe also viewed

 
Ballina, County Mayo
 

Been to Jack Fenn Courtyard Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing