My Christmas window.
It seems that a lot of you wonderful readers are enjoying the whole Ballinamore Christmas series … over 614 people last week have wandered in to see what we’re doing in this great town.
Or … one person has clicked in 614 times … sweety … get a life.
I’ve been highlighting businesses and lots of gift ideas … some you make and some you buy.
If you’re still trying to think of something lovely for a loved one … here’s another idea.
Smyth’s pub and restaurant is owned by Ciaron and Cathy Smyth.
Ph: 0719644955 0876682652
That’s Cathy … she is so cheerful and lovely with customers … so is Ciaron … they are always so welcoming.
Smyths is next door to our County Library … I love the library design and the juxtaposition between to 2 buildings.
I have a story about Smyths
I found Ballinamore when I went onto Daft.ie (an Irish property site) and entered the pitiful amount I might be able to get from the bank to buy a home.
I had never heard of Ballinamore (it’s the Bermuda Triangle of Ireland … you visit … and you’re captured.) and emailed a friend (Anna Legge … yeh … you all remember her from 10 years ago when she lived here) to find out where it was.
Anna said it was the best place in Ireland and she would drive me there the next day.
As we drove over I was delighted by the quietness … the lakes … the empty roads … peaceful.
It was lunch time when we arrived in Ballinamore and Anna took me to Smyths for a bit to eat … yum.
Ciaron came out and Anna introduced me to him and said I was thinking of moving to the town. He welcomed me warmly and got me a brochure about the town.
His welcome … and the beauty of the surrounding area … sold me on moving to Ballinamore.
Best move I ever made … great place … great people.
I’ve had a soft spot for Smyths ever since.
Ciaron is one of the Smyth passel of men … I think I’ve met nearly all of them … and I’ve written about Gregory (I have photos & video of him Latin dancing in Moo Bar … yours for a price) and Conor (who drove me around a few Leitrim bends one afternoon).
Smyth’s is a fabulous pub on a wet winters day or evening.
It has 2 fires … and yes … that is a tractor in the corner … don’t your pubs have them?
The walls are filled with photos of Ballinamore and its people in days gone by.
Derek, Lynda and myself have been popping in to Smyths on a Thursday night for a few glasses of red wine by the fire … we’re calling them the new Fridays!
We has Sunday lunch there yesterday … and had a lovely time … sat by the fire … drank some wine … talked about everything … and had a tasty and filling meal.
Derek had trifle for the first time!! I know … imagine getting to his age and never tasting one. He loved it and I know what I’ll be making for a Christmas treat when they visit.
Dad … can you send me your trifle recipe please?
My Dad makes the best trifle in the known universe … the only thing is we have to suffer his trifle jokes … but it’s worth the pain.
Lifes simple pleasures … aaaahhhh.
The lunches are great value for money and very tasty … and that includes a heap of vegetables and chips.
And … if you’re looking for something a bit more upmarket … they also have a restaurant that is open on Friday and Saturday nights.
The menus are on the Smyths website but I’ll give you a taste of what’s in the restaurant:
- Blini rolled crab in parmesan cream
- Tomato and basil soup
- Forest stuffed mushroom woth dill cream
- And … there’s salmon, steak, duck, turkey, ham, lamb
- desserts are yum … profiteroles, crepes, trifle, chocolate mousse … and more
The menu looks great and although I haven’t been there yet (no one asked me … boo hoo) my friends tell me that they have had lovely meals there.
So … if you are racking your brain trying to think of a present for that special person … why not get a voucher for a lunch or dinner at Smyths … for either the restaurant or the bar food.
It would be fab for your loved one to be able to choose a time when they could really enjoy a meal out … and not have to cook at home.
I’d certainly love it.
I’m sure they’d even do a voucher for a friend to buy themselves a few pints … cool idea.
As my brothers in Oz say … Too Easy.
Another Favourite place of mine is Philip & Geraldine Murphy’s shop.
I pop in most days for a magazine or a treat for when I’m working in Dee’s shop.
There’s always a warm welcome.
I was in there on Sunday to buy a paper before I had lunch with Derek & Lynda.
Philip’s daughter Eadaoin (eeveen – for those who don’t speak or read Irish) was looking particularly pretty so I took this picture with her Dad – who is always so cheerful.
I always leave their shop smiling.
That’s the thing about Ballinamore … people take the time to have a wee chat and give you a smile.