Ideally a child friendly restaurant would have a yummy menu, healthy drinks, plenty of baby seats, room for buggies, and activities for the kids. It’s pretty challenging to find somewhere in Clare that meets ALL the criteria. So I’ve included on this list of the best child-friendly restaurants in Clare some recommendations from friends and also some of my family’s favourites.
Bagel Factory, Abbey Street Car Park, Ennis. Tel. 065 6822848
Soups, salads, bagel sandwiches, coffees and smoothies. A nice place to stop for a drink or have a late breakfast or lunch. This has something to please everyone in my family. They even have my son’s favourite, peanut butter and jam bagel. It’s along the river and they have outdoor seating in the summer. Baby seats available.
Yummy pub food with friendly atmosphere. The menu has the normal kid meal options plus 1/2 portion of roast of the day. Free baby bowl of mash with gravy or soup. The kids always get treated with lollies hidden behind the bar.
Gallagher’s Seafood Restaurant & J.P. Clarke’s Country Pub , Bunratty. Tel. 061 363363
Each has its own character – Gallagher’s thatched restaurant specializes in seafood while J.P Clarke’s is a rustic pub with a few different choices on the menu. Both have delicious, award winning food and great service.
The Lakeside Hotel , Killaloe. Tel. 061 376122
They have created a special menu for kids called “Not a Nugget in Sight” which encourages healthy eating for kids. It’s so nice to see fruit on a menu for kids!
Bofey Quinns, Corofin. Tel. 065-6837321
This family run restaurant offers all the Irish favourites such as bacon and cabbage. Children will love their pizzas as well as their pasta dishes.
The Long Dock Bar & Restaurant, Carrigaholt. Tel: 065 9058106
Award winning pub with excellent kids menu and great seafood. Kids are welcome and its very cosy with stunning views.
Vaughan’s Pub, Kilfenora. Tel. 065 7088004
Vaughan’s serves traditional Irish food in the pub and restaurant. Kids are always made to feel welcome. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. They have céili dancing twice weekly in the barn.
Stonecutters Kitchen, Doolin. Tel. 065 7075962
A traditional stone built cottage with flagstone roof that has indoor and outdoor seating. They have toys for kids to play with inside and a walled garden with playground outside. Home cooked, traditional Irish cuisine.
They have a lengthy kids menu and will do 1/2 portions of most dishes. For the adults, they have a selection of beer and wine, gourmet coffees and freshly made desserts. Open on the weekends in April, then open every day 12.30 pm – 9.30 pm from May through October.
The Harbour Restaurant, Creek Marina, Kilrush. Tel. 065 9052836
Nice and bright with lots of windows, this restaurant is open for lunches on weekdays and evening meals Friday and Saturday. They have lots of space for prams/pushchairs, plenty of baby seats, a nice kiddies menu selection and coloring activities to keep the kids busy.
Milano Ennis, 11 O’Connell Street, Ennis. Tel. 065 6822131
Italian fare with tasty children’s menu, colouring activities for kids, and baby change facilities. They also provided paper chef hats to the kids which surprisingly entertained my kids for quite a while. My kids loved the food and the bambinoccino at the end of the meal was a big hit.
Some other places that mum’s have recommended as very child friendly are
- the restaurant in The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis,
- The Bakehouse in Miltown Malbay, and
- O’Looney’s Bar / Waves Restaurant on the Promenade, Lahinch.
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