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.
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O’Briens Bagel Factory, Abbey Street Car Park, Ennis
Tel. (065) 682 2848
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.
The Creamery Bar, Bunratty
Tel. (061) 364 114
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. 061 363 363
Each has its own character – Gallagher’s thatched restaurant specialises 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
This restaurant has a great, varied children’s menu – specially created for kids and 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 Quinn’s, Corofin
Tel. 065 683 7321
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
Located at one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most remote and beautiful spots, this award winning, cosy pub has great seafood and stunning views. Kids are welcome and they have an excellent children’s menu, very varied and at good prices. They have outdoor seatig for when the weather is nice. Make sure to check out their new ice-cream parlour to try out their range of homemade ice-cream!
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
This family restaurant is located in a traditional stone built cottage with a flagstone roof, and 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.
Milano Ennis, 11 O’Connell Street
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.
The Cloister, Ennis
Tel. 065 68 68 198
Situated in the heart of the medieval quarter in the historic town of Ennis, The Cloister Bar and Restaurant serves delicious traditional Irish food and uses fresh, locally sourced produce. It’s spacious for buggies and has high-chairs available. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere and very family friendly.
Some other places that mums 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.
If you have a favourite restaurant in Clare that we haven’t mentioned, let us know in the comments below.
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