Paddy Coyne's Pub est.1811 in TullyCross, Renvyle, Co.Galway, is a classic Irish village pub oozing with old world character and some very notable new additions. TullyCross stands at the crossroads to the Renvyle peninsula in one road direction - Lettergesh & Leenane (John Wayne's "Quiet Man" country - Lettergesh beach was the scene of the famous beach Horse Race!) down the other road and Letterfrack / Clifden on the remaining road - it is an excellent and beautiful location to stay if your visiting Connemara! The pub itself has of all things a large Viking Ship located next door to it (the owner has a sense of humour of sorts and it certainly opens your eyes and imagination!), once inside it is a typical Irish country pub, friendly and efficient staff, a small snug bar in front and a larger lounge out the back which serves brilliant quality food far far better than what I had tasted in the more "renowned" Renvyle House Hotel down the road from it. You can tell that their chef cares about his food and uses local ingredients to best effect - the Renvyle scallop and black pudding and the Killary Harbour mussels in white wine were excellent choices. Portions were extremely generous and reasonable priced by comparison. The pub has a very good wine list if you prefer to avoid the excellent Guinness!?! They also have an outside area out back for smokers with lots of weird and eclectic Irish memorabilia. The pub hosts live music nights and the Anglers Bar next door (yes, 2 pubs and 1 hotel in this tiny village!) also provides live music. Last, but not least, the pub has a large old Gaelic map of Europe on the Lounge bar wall worth making your trip to TullyCross on it's own, as you can spend your time drinking, talking all kinds of glorious rhymes with kite and trying to pronounce the Gaelic for Moscow following your umpteenth pint of the black stuff...seek this place out when you travel around Connemara, you shall not be disappointed!!
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