After a long day of adventuring and exploring all of the wonders of the Mourne Coastal Route, a hot plate of delicious grub from a local café, bistro or cosy pub is sure to be a welcome sight.
The Mourne Coastal Route, located just a 1.5 hour drive from Dublin is a foodie-lovers’ paradise. From juicy Carlingford Oysters to full Ulster Fries and Traybakes, you certainly won’t go hungry.
Huge emphasis has been put on the importance of local produce in the area and this was evident in all of the eateries we visited. And it didn’t stop with the food, we also fell in love with a couple of the local beers and ciders!
Here are some of our favourite eateries along the Mourne Coastal Route:
1. Carrick Cottage Café, Annalong
This year, the Carrick Cottage Café has been awarded a Travellers Choice award from Trip Advisor. And for good reason!
This traditional Irish cottage café is set at the foot of the incredible Mourne Mountains, giving you panoramic views of the incredible scenery. The café offers both indoor and outdoor seating, which gives you a front-row seat to the majestic landscape while you sip on some fresh coffee and tea.
Walk-ins are more than welcome, and they also take reservations for larger groups (such as walking groups) and private functions. So, if you’re fresh off the mountain, head on in for a freshly baked scone, fresh cakes, soup, or even some delicious breakfast.
The café also has an allocated dog-friendly area, so no need to worry about leaving your best friend behind!
2. Church Lane Coffee, Warrenpoint
This cosy little coffee shop is located just a stone’s throw from the waterfront and boy does it pack a punch! Offering up scrumptious breakfasts (one of the best breakfast baps we’ve ever tasted) and hearty lunches which include a spicy chicken salad and delicious burritos it is the perfect place to re-fuel post-adventure. And as if that isn’t reason enough to visit, the coffee is excellent and the tray bakes even better!
Church Lane coffee has just opened up a cracking outdoor seating area fondly known as The Yard which is perfect for summer days or for those hoping to avoid indoor spaces.
3. Sea Salt, Newcastle
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The Sea Salt Café & Bistro is a perfect spot for a waterfront meal overlooking Newcastle’s picturesque seafront. This café is passionate about sourcing locally-produced foods in order to create a delicious variety of meals.
The café serves all-day breakfast and lunch ranging from traditional dishes such as the Ulster Fry or Fish Supper, all the way to some more exotic tastes such as Huevos Rancheros, All American Breakfast or their Signature Burrito.
Coffees, teas, and an assortment of baked goods are sold throughout the day. The café also runs a B.Y.O. policy, so bring your favourite bottle of wine along with you.
4. Urban Coffee, Castlewellan
Urban Coffee strives to provide Northern Ireland with the best coffee beans which are ethically sourced through direct trade and locally roasted. They also offer a tasty breakfast and lunch menu.
5. The Old Schoolhouse, Rostrevor
The Old School House provides tasty helpings of breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks in a cosy, quaint setting in the heart of Rostrevor.
With an extremely welcoming staff and a friendly atmosphere, this is an excellent pit-stop for anyone back from a day of adventuring in the Mournes or just exploring the scenic village of Rostrevor. This establishment has a large beer garden and a takeaway and delivery option.
The cafe also provides vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, so there is certainly something for everyone on the menu.