The Coyne family and their handsome Connemara gastropub date back three centuries – to 1892 – when Michael Coyne’s great-grandparents established a bar and grocery store, in Kilkieran.
Today, the Coyne family have made that history brand new, with a sparkling gastropub that also boasts a fine artisan pantry, offering all the good things made by the producers and craftspeople of the region.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Coyne’s incarnates the spirit of this most beautiful part of the Connemara Gaeltacht. Mr Coyne is an expert in the local Connemara culture, and a lecturer in Irish culture and heritage studies. Annemarie’s cooking strikes just the right note of elegant and unpretentious simplicity: Tigh Chadhain fish pie; hake with white wine sauce; smoked salmon on brown bread; scallops with black pudding and cauliflower purée.
And when you look closely, you see the care taken in the selection of wines, the local craft beers, the locally roasted coffee beans. Coyne’s has gathered both the flavours and the dynamism of the new Connemara food generation, and is the perfect showcase for this smart new creativity. With a new plinth outside, and gazebos for the rare occasions when the sun doesn’t shine in Connemara, Coyne’s is a driven and dedicated destination, always improving.
More importantly, Coyne's is a darling destination – food writers simply adore it – with the sort of West Coast charm that arises when people do their best, give of their best, and offer you their best. Coyne’s gastropub is a true Connemara champion.
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