First of all, The Bard's Den is in Letterfrack, a tiny town near the entrance to Connemara National Park. My friends and I had hiked Diamond Hill late and needed food. Two places at the main intersection looked promising but were occupied only by bar patrons. The Bard's Den was not only open but serving. It is very clean, and the service and food were prompt. I had the very good seafood chowder that had an accent with what I think was thyme (or was it rosemary?). My entree was Connemara lamb stew. I was glad I asked them to leave off the large glop of mashed potatoes on top. I have learned that, while restaurant food in the Galway area is expensive, the portions justify the price. The stew was very solid (i.e., good), but after I had eaten about two-thirds of it, it still looked like a full portion was left. My only regret is that I was too full to try the crumble for dessert. There seemed to be more options as we headed back N59 toward Galway, but I have no regret that we found The Bard's Den.
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