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The Rusty Nail

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$$ - $$$
Irish, European, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
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Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
+353 74 937 6116
Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed - Thu 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri 3:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat 2:00 pm - 12:30 am
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here lots of times staff very friendly and welcoming. Food exceptional had potato and rosemary soup. Fresh local fish. Well worth a visit you may need to book during peak times at summer

Thank TLSM21
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a trip over Mamore Gap my uncle recommend to stop off for a pint in The Rusty Nail. The smell of food was too overwhelmed not to give in so we all got comfy and settled for dinner. The staff were very friendly and helpful but seemed somewhat under pressure. We decided to go for starters to share between... More 

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Clady, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we were met with a very warm welcome and had a lovely evening with fantastic food and wine. great place will definitely return

Thank Margaret H
Derry, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ate here on a cold January Sunday the food was OK nothing special, prices are however high for what is offered.

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Randalstown, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to go straight to mains - we picked steaks and they were the best I have ever eaten, anywhere in the world! The desserts were on the same plane.

Thank Damien G
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

We was treated to a meal here on Saturday by our family of whom we was visiting. Wow!!!! Food was amazing, we had starters and mains, the portions were huge, I had the buttermilk chicken with a side of garlic potatoes, was presented lovely and taste amazing. Only down side was depending on what you order I feel the waitress... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

Ate at The Rusty on Saturday with some friends - each meal was just great. Presentation, taste, service fantastic & prices reasonable. Wish I lived around the corner!!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Great spot, friendly and attentive staff. Locals very friendly. Great atmosphere Unfortunately didn't get to try the food, hoping to visit again soon.

Thank Tasha023
Leeds, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017 via mobile

We were advised to visit by a local, great pub and live music on the Sunday. We visited twice as the food was delicious and plentiful. Highly recommended

Thank Yorkydan
Clonmany, Ireland
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

Dropped in after creating an appetite walking on the nearby beach of Tullagh. I had the most wonderfully tasty ribs with a really good sauce-a lot of finger licking. I had a fish main and my companion had their burger. We were both full and so satisfied. There was some traditional live music in the front area and this added... More 

Thank Mary C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $23
Irish, European, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
3:00 pm - 12:30 am
2:00 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  County Donegal  >  Clonmany
  • Phone Number: +353 74 937 6116
Situated at the foot of the Urris Hills on The Wild Atlantic Way, The Rusty Nail is one of Inishowen's hidden gems. With a welcoming open fire and friendly locals, The Rusty Nail provides a warm atmosphere to enjoy a good pint, a bit of craic, and of course great food. This traditional food pub, run by local couple Maresa & Enda McDonagh has an extensive bar food menu including favourites such pan-fried seabass fillets, cauliflower puree, grilled asparagus & salsa verde and grilled 30-day aged fillet steak, roast onion puree, watercress, traditional tobacco onions & red wine jus as well as a varied selection of pasta, vegetarian and gluten free options. The Rusty Nail hosts live traditional music sessions every Sunday evenings and caters for parties and family functions all year around. There are also many local activities nearby such as horse riding at Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre, walks to Glenevin Waterfall, a visit to Dunree Fort as well relaxing walks on Leenan, Binion, or Tullagh strands. A journey along the Wild Atlantic Way wouldn't be the same without a visit to The Rusty Nail.

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