Wild Honey Inn restaurant

Kincora Road, Lisdoonvarna

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Traditional Irish

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7 reviews
5 stars - based on 7 reviews
Diners can enjoy chef-proprietor Aidan McGrath’s cooking served in a relaxed setting, in the bar. The food emphasis is on the wild, free-range, seasonal and local, with a ‘Modern Bistro Style’. Amongst the many awards, there is the ‘Bib Gourmand’ award - “Good food at moderate prices”, from The Michelin Guide - the Inn is the first pub in Ireland with this award. Discover more about the food. Wild Honey Inn is also an ideal base for walking or cycling in the Burren National Park.

Owned and run by the McGrath family, Wild Honey Inn dates from 1860 in the small town of Lisdoonvarna, and has a wealth of old world charm and character, including open log fires. It was completely refurbished in 2009 to blend contemporary and traditional styling in the unique setting of the Burren, but still staying a proper ‘pub’. Kate Sweeney and Aidan McGrath combine modern comforts for the traveller with the intimacy of a family-run inn. They look forward to welcoming you.


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Mon1:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue1:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed1:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu1:00pm - 9:00pm
Fri1:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat1:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun1:00pm - 9:00pm

70 people

European, Steak and Seafood, Traditional Irish


Veggie options available Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits Coeliac options available Accept major credit cards

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Wild Honey Inn

21 reviews


Credibility Score:55%

Reviewed 15th July 2016 (visited 9 July 2016 )

We stayed here at the weekend. Luckily we had booked a table as it was very busy. The atmosphere is lovely. Really tastefully decorated to give you a warm welcome. The service was good but slow. they may have been a bit under staffed. We did have a long wait for the food but it was worth it in the end. The scallops were beautifully presented and melted in the mouth. The dory looked great and also tasted great. The pineapple dessert was very refreshing. I would definitely come again.

Wild Honey Inn

9 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:65%

Reviewed 03rd September 2013 (visited 31 August 2013 )

Visiting Lissdoon last weekend and decided to eat at this Restaurant. They don't take bookings which was disappointing and we had quiet a wait to get a table BUT - It was so worth the wait. The Staff were fantastic and the food was to die for. There were 3 of us in our party and we each had different starters and main courses. Try the Crab Claws - By far the best I have ever eaten. The Steak was melt in the mouth delicious. 10 out of 10 for a superb meal.

Wild Honey Inn

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 02nd July 2013 (visited 29 June 2013 )

What a pleasant surprise! Hit Lisdoon about 8:30pm on Friday and ate in a pub in the town...it was just "ok"...given that the town seemed kind of quiet I started to think that the food offerings in Lisdoonvarna might not be great. Found the Wild Honey Inn on Menu Pages and decided my friend and I would go there for dinner on the Saturday night. Walked in and you just knew...im in safe hands here :-). The place was busy and had a great atmosphere...had to wait 30 minutes for a table but it was an enjoyable wait at the bar drinking some craft Beer and Cider! The static menu is very limited but makes up for it with a lot of specials on offer which keeps the offerings fresh and new. To start I had the "Eel" which was a first for me and my friend had the "Crab Claws"...we knew at this stage it was a quality restaurant as the service and food were already excellent. Main Courses were a steak for my friend and I had Lambs Neck...another first. All in all these two courses were the perfect size so you did not feel stuffed. Normally I don't bother with dessert/coffee but given how enjoyable the place was...my mate went with a sweet dessert (I cant remember what it was) and I have the cheese board with a full bodied glass of red wine...again...not too much of it and it was very tasty. The waitress professionally talked me through what the cheeses were. Coffee to finish and we both left the place feeling the bill was a little pricey but that it was worth every penny...and if I'm honest...it was the high light of the whole weekend...and it was a great weekend! Highly Recommend dining in this place!

Wild Honey Inn

33 reviews


Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 28th July 2012 (visited 26 July 2012 )

Group of six with a reserved table, as two of us were also staying at the inn, a comfortable and spacious table by the window. Menu was varied but limited for some with an ordinary palette. For my starter i ordered the Smoked Salmon Salad. It was good, with fresh salmon, but unfortunately it was nothing too special. Pieces of smoked salmon, with capers, some mini potato slices, green salad and a dressing. Too much food for a starter, and also a bit disappointing. For main course i ordered the Fish & Chips. Another generous portion, well presented. Great tasting fish, in a breadcrumbed batter. The twice-fried chips were hearty and crispy, though the side salad was rather bland, and no other vegetables came with the dish. Overall it was very good but very filling. As for dessert, i ordered the day special, Sticky Toffee Pudding. This was seriously delicious! The presentation was minimal but the taste makes up for it. Spongy and moist pudding, and the toffee sauce was perfect and sweet, but the clotted cream was a perfect anti-sweet accompaniment. The staff was very polite and friendly, the atmosphere was nice and not too 'touristy'; it was a bit too warm but we could open the window; and the music was a tad too loud but good choice of music. With a bottle of champagne, glass of red wine, a blonde ale, coffees and 3-course-meals, a reasonable €50pp.

Wild Honey Inn

12 reviews


Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 13th June 2011 (visited 10 June 2011 )

We were staying in Doolin for the week and our biggest regret was that we only discovered this truly excellent restaurant on the last night of our holiday. From the outside it looks like an unremarkable country hotel but upon walking in the door the aroma from the kitchen hits you. The menu was not the most inspiring but the specials were extensive and exciting. The pork cheek special was excellent as was the salmon which our friend thought was in his top ten meals of all time. The service was friendly and attentive. I should also point out that it was cheaper to eat in than the pubs in Doolin and given this is about as far from pub grub as you get without going to a high end restaurant, excellent value! All in all one not to be missed if your within 30 miles of here for a meal out, one would almost travel to Clare just for the pleasure.

Wild Honey Inn

11 reviews


Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 07th March 2011 (visited 5 March 2011 )

The Wild Honey Inn - I feel we have stumbled upon a gourmet gem. We went here with friends and were impressed not only by the restaurant but the entire dinner and duvet experience. The cooking was assured and precise and the use of local ingredients was evident on the menu. For starters I was tempted by the carrot risottto which was delicate and flavoursome. The crab cocktail was also a popular choice and hit the spot. For Mains the T-Bone steak was a generous piece of meat cooked exactly to our liking and served with a double cooked chips, a divine onion confit croquette and a good béarnaise sauce. The haunch of venison with purple carrots and a rich jus was also a dish with great depth of flavour. To finish a well executed créme brulee. There are also some interesting wines to choose from. The room was relaxed and homely with a raging wood fire which would tempt you to stay for an after dinner drink at the bar. So pack an overnight bag, jump in the car you won't regret it.

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