Places to eat and drink near Sefton Cottage

Kinnitty Castle

Kinnitty Castle Hotel, Ireland offers luxury accommodation in the picturesque village of Kinnitty, Co. Offaly. Nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, our 4* Castle Hotel offers the perfect accommodation for any break, and we have fantastic gift vouchers for many occasions.  

Arrive up the winding avenue, opening into breathtaking views of the 13th century castle seated on 650 acres of parkland, inclusive of 60 acres of rolling lawns. Enter the lavish medieval revival castle, drenched in original features, heritage colours and regal atmospheres dating back to 1209.

Wander through the fine settings of the Library Bar, The Sli Dala Restaurant and the Drawing Room all with magnificent character. Relax beside our unique open fires, enjoy the best of local cuisine prepared by our Head Chef, Mark Conneely – Best Chef in Offaly 2015.

Slieve Bloom Bar

The Slieve Bloom Bar is situated right in the centre of Kinnitty village, opposite the local community centre, and the large black and white building dates back to the 1800’s.

It is run by Kieran Clements and has been in the family for nearly 50 years.

This traditional Irish pub has always been a welcome spot for walkers, bikers, scouts, anglers and the rest, who are always met with a hot fire! Kieran is well known for his passion for Irish and local history and sport, and loves to chat and debate about facts, myths, stories and Irish folklore!

If you’re lucky enough to be attending a wedding at Kinnitty Castle, why not pop down for a drink during the day or night to discover what this truly Irish traditional bar has to offer.


Giltraps Pub in Kinnitty, County Offaly, Ireland, is a landmark building in the centre of the picturesque village at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains in the Irish midlands. Dating back to the seventeenth century when it was originally a hotel, Giltraps Pub is now a family run operation managed by the Clendennen family.

Whether you’re looking for an open fire after a days hiking or walking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, attending a wedding at Kinnitty Castle Hotel, want to have the ‘craic’ or chat about GAA with the locals or you’re simply looking for the ‘perfect’ pint of Guinness, then Giltraps is one of the best pubs / bars in the area to chose from.

Giltraps has been awarded a number of accolades including Black & White Scotch Whisky Heritage Pub of the Year, James Joyce Pub of the Year Award and the highest recognition (5 stars) in Pub Spy Review by the Sunday World newspaper. 

Townsend Tapas – Birr

A wonderfully stylish restaurant sat within a picturesque Georgian house, the Townsend House Tapas & Wine Bar is a delightful little eatery that brings a wealth of tantalising flavours to all that find themselves in the scenic Irish heritage town of Birr. Found among spectacular views of the garden beyond, the Townsend House Tapas and Wine Bar offers up a fine spot from which to escape those everyday trials and tribulations.

Spinners  – Birr

Spinners on Castle St. is a family run boutique restaurant located in the picturesque, Georgian town of Birr, Co. Offaly in the heart of the Irish Midlands. The town of Birr is situated right in the centre of Ireland and is only a short distance from all the major capital Cities. The warm and welcoming atmosphere of Spinners on Castle St. is designed to indulge, relax and unwind. From the relaxing and enchanting courtyard to our fine dining restaurant and casual dining bar, this is a place to soothe and inspire.

The exquisitely crafted menus are updated monthly and designed to benefit from local produce, emphasising our commitment to fresh organic food.

The Thatch – Birr

The Thatch, situated in the village of Crinkill, is one of the oldest pubs in South Offaly. As the name suggests it has always been thatched.  The Thatch has the unique distinction of being in the same family ownership for nigh on 200 years.

Many of the older generation remember this quaint and indeed exclusive pub as Mother Walsh’s. Throughout the years, visitors have come to The Thatch and reminisced on stories told to them by their fathers and grandfathers who affectionately remember happy evenings spent in the warm atmosphere of this fine traditional pub.

In 1995 a restaurant was added and its food business has grown from strength to strength. The Thatch continues to win awards from The Restaurant Association of Ireland as well as numerous accolades from distinguished food critics and writers.

Today The Thatch continues to offer the very best of modern Irish cuisine always using the finest local ingredients and seasonal produce prepared by Executive head chef James McDonnell and his passionate team.