Yesterday being sunny and clear, we dropped plans to run errands and hit the road to Leenane through the Doolough valley, which I've written about before. Leenane means eating a sandwhich on the sea wall facing Killary Harbour while talking with a gentleman on holiday from Belfast, then taking an outdoor pint. After, we returned to Westport via the Sheefry Pass for a drink at McGing's and a terrific dinner at a new restaurant called the Pantry and Corkscrew.
The Pantry and Corkscrew, open less than two months, was a very pleasant surprise. I started with a salad of fresh pears and pecorino cheese with honey and balsamic vinegar on a bed of arugula, then moved on to a hamburger made of organic beef infused with cheese and sage and served with homemade catsup and fresh chips. Dessert was a Irish cheese plate big enough for four, a great contrast to the four slivers for $12 that I stopped ordering a long time ago in the States as the portions diminished while the price rose.
A nice place to take a pint: