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Church Street, Athlone Tel: (0906) 43371 the­fat­ted­calf.ie

The Lis­duff Black Pud­ding Bon-Bons, Tartare of Smoked Moon­coin Beets and Ho­ran’s 14-Hour Con­fit Pork Belly un­der­line chef Dee Adamson’s com­mit­ment to­wards min­imis­ing this des­ti­na­tion restau­rant’s car­bon foot­print as low as pos­si­ble. The food is uni­ver­sally spec­tac­u­lar with a € 31 Lunch Menu that’s worth jump­ing into the car/onto a train for.

Best Dish: Carved Rump of Black Is­land Lamb with Duck Fat Roast Ar­ti­choke, Mint Gel & Salsa Verde – € 27


Strand Street, Athlone Tel: (0906) 478 850 thymer­estau­rant.ie

A cosy, stylish restau­rant in the cen­tre of town, Thyme’s menu has a re­as­sur­ingly tra­di­tional feel with dishes as­sem­bled from fresh in­gre­di­ents pro­cured from lo­cal farms, butch­ers and fish­mon­gers. Chef and owner John Cof­fey has made it his mis­sion to build re­la­tion­ships with the best sup­pli­ers – and the re­sults can be seen on ev­ery plate.

Best Dish: Menu Changes with the Sea­son

LA CÔTE: Gaul that you ever wanted

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