Posted by: daisycottage | June 16, 2009


Kitty Kellys

Kitty Kellys

Kitty Kellys is a lovely little restaurant in an old country cottage just outside the fishing port of Killybegs.

My husband and I ate there a few weeks ago when we were staying over in Daisy Cottage.  We had long wanted to go there having heard great reports of the place but somehow had never got around to it.  So following a glorious sunny day spent photographing around The Silver Strand, Malinbeg, Muckross and so on we decided to stop off at Kitty Kellys on the way back to Daisy Cottage.

Outside, sunning himself was the person whom we later found out was our host for the evening.  Unfortunately we were too early for food ~ service starts at 6pm!  Oh, the disappointment.  But after having a look at the menu and assured by our host that I could indeed have scallops that night, we decided to return later that evening. 

The Interior

The Interior

And am I glad we did!  The place is just gorgeous.  Low ceilings, little nooks and crannies all over place, tables set up in these areas so whilst the place is very busy it doesn’t seem that way.  And the ambience.  Wonderful.  The host it transpired is Mr. Showbiz himself, Noel Cunningham, a native of the area, who covers the showbiz gossip on one of our national tv morning shows amongst other things.  What a charmer he is ~ he had his female guests positively purring around him!  His team of staff were equally charming and made us feel comfortable and welcome immediately.

The Reception Area

The Reception Area

Anyway, the food.  The 3 course dinner is €40 per person (there is another option of a main course and a coffee for €25).  I like meals being given a set price, that way you know exactly what your spend will be … well, unless, ahem, you go a bit mad with the wine and brandies.  But we’ll draw a veil over that.

Our Starters

Our Starters

For my meal I started with the promised scallops which were delicious and served coquielles st. jacques style and accompanied with a nicely dressed salad.  For my main course I chose the fish of the day, John Dory which was served with a light lemon butter sauce and was perfect.  Himself started with the very tasty seafood chowder served with brown bread, and followed this with a trio of seafood which included halibut, monkfish, and cod – all of which he enjoyed and I’m happy to report that unlike some places, the monkfish here was cooked perfectly.  Included in the price were side orders of baby potatoes, garlic potatoes, and mixed veg. 

Our Main Courses

Our Main Courses

After all that I didn’t bother with dessert but himself had the “Crêpe Kitty Kelly ~ crepe with de luxe vanilla ice cream, served with maple syrup.”  And he managed to polish all that off too!  We had some really good coffees (and brandies) to finish.  The wine list is very fairly priced and has a decent selection.

Had we not been so full of all that delicious food and less lazy we could have walked along the road a little to the view point there where we could have watched the sun go down over the fabulous views back to St. John’s Point.  We’ll save that for another time because we certainly will be back in Kitty Kellys.

If you would like to check out Kitty Kellys, you can connect to their website by clicking on any of the photographs on this thread.



  1. Ah you bring back memories of dining at Kitty Kelly’s 2 years ago. I hope to enjoy a meal or two there this September! I don’t recall scallops on the menu when we were there but am so excited to see they are available now. I think I love scallops more than chocolate!

    • Yes, it’s a great place Carla. If you love scallops (like I do), I’d suggest maybe ringing them to ask would they be able to have scallops on the night you are going. Hope to be back there myself very soon too. 🙂

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