Kay and JJ Mitchell’s restaurant is the champion of Clifden, and has been the champion ever since they opened their doors, way back in 1991. To survive and thrive for that long, through booms and busts, you need to offer people something that is essentially fundamental, something they seek out, time after time. And, quite simply, Kay and JJ offer a restaurant experience that is archetypal. The feel of the room, with its confident, comfortable and ageless mix of stone and wood and its meticulous housekeeping, seduces and calms you right away, and then the efficient and charming staff and the just-what-I-felt-like dishes on the menu seal the deal. When you are in Clifden in Connemara you want to enjoy a perfect seafood chowder, and some fine smoked salmon with a potato pancake, and you don’t want to miss a crock of the local mussels from Killary steamed in white wine, or a hearty bowl of traditional Irish stew. And all those dishes are here on the menus, delivered with enviable consistency by a crew who relish their work, and who love giving their customers exactly what those customers were dreaming of enjoying when in Clifden, when in Connemara.
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