2021 Award Winners PUB OF THE YEAR 2021

The Olde Glen Carrigart Co Donegal

The Olde Glen

 A favourite of the Guide’s for many years (and our Pub of the Year in 2008), The Olde Glen changed ownership in 2014 but the new owners, Aengus Haughey and Cormac Walsh, kept this much-loved old world destination just as it should be, and everything about it has continued to delight - including the recently added accommodation, ‘Clara’s Cots’, and the ’Olde Glen Bar Bia Box’, a shipping container which serves up interesting sandwiches to enjoy in the bar or garden, or to take away. Aengus manages the bar and the Bia Box, while Cormac (chef turned front of house) looks after the rooms and The Restaurant - where there was a big change in 2021 when Ciarán Sweeney, a Donegal native and former head chef at Dublin's Forest & Marcy, joined the team. The food has always been good at The Olde Glen and a big part of its appeal in recent years, but the lovely rooms and Ciarán Sweeney’s arrival have upped the ante, with short locally-focused menus and a very appealing new dinner, bed and breakfast package offering what may well be the best value food experience in Ireland. A triumph in challenging times and a true Donegal gem.

42 votes

The Olde Glen Bar

Downings, Co. Donegal
Character Pub / Restaurant with Rooms
Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Pub with good food and atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Just the sort of old pub advertising people dream about, this old bar looks as it must have done a hundred years ago, with its low ceilings, an ancient weathered bar and furniture and fires in winter in a big old room and then another behind. Then it ...

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