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Connemara and County Mayo Travel Guide

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Pubs and informal hotel restaurants are the main places to eat in this sparsely populated rural area. The only places with a choice of stand-alone restaurants are Clifden, the "capital" of Connemara (in fact a small village), and Westport, the chief resort in County Mayo. From Easter into the summer months many menus feature Connemara lamb: the sheep graze on wild herbs on the mountain slopes, which

gives the meat a distinctive flavor. The other star is local seafood, including crab and lobster in summer, and superb Atlantic salmon all year round, fresh or smoked. For seafood try the Tavern Bar and Restaurant near Westport, or Mitchell's in Clifden; for country house–style elegance go to Rosleague Manor in Letterfrack, or Mount Falcon near Ballina. For memorable fine-dining experiences, there are three main contenders: dinner beneath the crystal chandeliers at Ashford Castle's George V Restaurant, or the splendid river view from the Owenmore Restaurant in Ballynahinch Castle hotel in the heart of Connemara, or the view of Croagh Patrick from La Fougère Restaurant in Westport’s Knockranny House Hotel. Like all hotel restaurants in the area, they are open to nonguests, but it is wise to reserve in advance.

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