|Donegal Good Food Taverns logo|
"Donegal Good Food Taverns came about as a conversation over a coffee with Hugh O’Donnell, Killybegs and myself in the Village Tavern over a year ago. I felt we needed to stand up against this recession, and the only way I know how is on a plate! Hugh has a brilliant creative mind and I enjoy conversations with him about food and during one such discussions, this brand arose.
We believe from September this year this brand will grow and grow and we are 100% behind delivering everything it’s about to the locals and visitors alike. The next step is to bring growers and producers into this brand to showcase what they are about to our plates and already we are making huge steps in delivering this."
Enda's partner in this initiative is Hugh O'Donnell who owns and runs Hughie's Bar and Seafood Bar in Killybegs (22 Main Street). Hugh, like Enda, runs a great restaurant and we have eaten in both these places many times. The food is always fresh (no packets here!) and always very reasonably priced too. And like the good food and good atmosphere both have created, they both attract the best of staff too: always friendly, always helpful and always welcoming. Reasons we enjoy eating in Enda and Hugh's restaurants.
|Enda, Danny McElaney (Donegal Enterprise Board) and Hugh|
The other eight are:
The Lobster Pot, Burtonport "The Lobster Pot, known locally as Kelly’s, is a family run pub and restaurant in the heart of the small village of Burtonport (Ailt an Chorrain) on Donegal’s West Coast. The spectacular coastal setting is the perfect backdrop for our cosy pub." Dawros Bay House, Rosbeg "Dawros Bay House & Joe’s Seafood Bar., Situated at the top of the Rosbeg Peninsula in Co. Donegal, this Bar and Restaurant enjoys unrivalled scenic beauty. Nearest Beach is just one minute walk away." Leo's Tavern, Crolly, Gweedore "Leo’s Tavern is renowned for its music being the birth place of world famous musical talents Enya, Clannad and Moya Brennan.The proprietor Bartley Brennan is Leo Brennan’s youngest son and Leo himself continues to entertain the locals and tourists regularly." Nancy's Bar, Ardara "Nancy’s is an old family owned pub in the heritage town of Ardara – which is also the home of Donegal Tweed. The bar is in the McHugh family ownership for 7 generations, it’s called after our great great great grandmother who ran the pub during the famine years and Victorian era." The Beachcomber, Rathmullan "The Beachcomber Bar is a long established pub located in the popular seaside resort of Rathmullan in North Donegal. The bar has a fabulous setting on the sea front and enjoys panoramic views over Lough Swilly towards Inch Island and the Inishowen Peninsula. These superb views can also be enjoyed from the large beer garden." The Bayview, Dungloe "The Bayview Bar Dungloe is a family run business in the heart of the Gaeltacht Rosses.Totally refurbished and reopened in June 2007, the Bayview has been growing from strength to strength and is very much the hub of Dungloe’s social scene." The Traveller's Inn, Milford "The Traveller’s Inn is a family run bar and restaurant by Michael and Louise McBride, located in the small town of Milford, northwest Donegal. Milford (Baile na nGallóglach – Town of the Gallowglasses) is a gateway to some of Donegal’s top tourist attractions Established in 1867 is the oldest public house in Milford and has become a popular bar, lounge and eatery with visitors and locals alike." The Tavern, Kilclooney, Portnoo "The Tavern – We are a small local pub that serves food in a family friendly atmosphere. Our hospitality & good food is renowned by locals visitors alike.One of our great features is the fabulous open fire that dominates the main bar. We have also added a large Decking area to the front of the premises where live bands perform during the summer period."
|Fresh oysters in Nancy's Bar|
Part of the initiative is that traditional Irish music will be available seven nights a week between the participating taverns which means that visitors to our county can not only enjoy a full week of fine Donegal sourced foods but great traditional Irish music too. In Nancy's last night local traditional Irish musicians entertained us giving a taster of the great nights to come in Donegal.
|Traditional Irish music ~ an integral part of the DGFT initiative|
1. The outer rim is the base of an old beer barrel to depict a tavern.
2. The bird (not yet named but more information on this below) represents the idea "as far as a bird can fly in Donegal".
3. The knife, fork and chef's hat is to depict good food.
4. And the Fáilte, being the Gaelic (Irish) for "welcome" represents the welcome you will get in any of the taverns in the initiative and the 100,000 welcomes or in Gaelic, the "céad míle fáilte" you can expect in Donegal.
The beady eyed among us will also notice the little green map of Donegal behind the bird!
|Enda and the as yet unnamed bird|
We wish Enda, Hugh and all the participating taverns the very best of luck on this fabulous initiative and a big well done for all getting together and working together to make beautiful Donegal an even better place to visit.
To read more about Donegal and view photographs of our county visit our site at WeLoveDonegal.