Rosses Point, County Sligo
"Here the Kings of the territory lived and here also the Brehons and chiefs met and acted as custom required. Feasting and merriment went on..."
The "here" in archaeologist Maire MacNeill's comment about the string of mountains in Sligo includes the stunning peak of Benwiskin. And at Benwiskin Bar, feasting and merriment are still the order of the day.
In the adjoining Memory Harbour Lounge, with its decor of rich autumn colors, plush leather sofas, heavy wooden tables, and large oblong windows resides a stunning view of Sligo Bay and the tranquil ambience of a cosy-but comfortably elegant-living room. Memory Harbour Lounge, (a painting by Jack Yeats of a tragic, mysterious shipwreck on Rosses Point bears the name Memory Harbour) is a place of genuine hospitality-a place to sit, relax, enjoy the company of friends, all while luxuriating in the stunning sight of Sligo Bay and Knocknarea.
Benwiskin Bar, in keeping with the territory of kings, serves an extensive range of bar food every day: mouth-watering seafood chowder a specialty. The menu also includes spicy wings, plain and toasted sandwiches-served with fresh side salad-and heartier mains for those royal appetites: Grilled Irish Rib Eye, Sea Food Platter (delicious), and Pasta Malfatti. Sides of all types, desserts of every variety, coffees, teas, and spirits complete a menu that is, indeed, fit for a king.
Hours: Dinner 6:00 - 10:00 daily, Sunday lunch 12:30 - 3:00
Bar food served all day.
Chowder €8.50 Salad €8.50
Sandwiches €7.50 Irish Rib Eye €22.00
Pasta Maffiata €11.50
Coffee, tea €2.75 Mixed drinks €4.00
Bottle of House Wine €20.00
How to get there:
From Dublin: N4 to Sligo Town (214 km). Follow signposts to R291 to Rosses Point.
From Belfast: A6 to Derry, then A5 to Lifford, N15 to Sligo Town.
Radisson SAS Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Written by Joy Davis - Summer of Travel 2007