Buttermilk Art Cafe | Portnablagh

Buttermilk Art Cafe, Portnablagh, Co. Donegal

So I’ve just spent the last few days with family and friends in the stunning North West coast of Ireland. A group of more than 20 of us took up residence in a few holiday homes in Dunfanaghy, County Donegal.

During our stay we took in the neighbouring village of Portnablagh less than 5 mins drive away, and came across an absolute gem of a cafe, Buttermilk.

Overlooking the picturesque Portnablagh pier and Horn Head, Buttermilk is both a cafe and art gallery displaying and selling paintings and pictures by mainly local artists and photographers.

Having a rare kid free few hours Nic and I were looking forward to a nice quiet lunch.

A very relaxing easy going place despite being quite full. We were welcomed and well looked after by the staff there. The menu had lots of choice and catered for those looking for anything from a quick snack to a hearty lunch and then some. As well as all this you have a beautiful view both inside and out with the art filled walls and of course the beautiful Donegal coastline.

One feature on the menu which I particularly loved was the various ‘plates’ on offer. Fishermen, butchers and cheesemongers each represented by a selection of their suitable fayre served with artisan bread and sn accompanying sauce or dip. I sided with the butchers after not too much thought. You can’t go far wrong with meat and bread and I’m a big fan of horseradish though I would’ve liked a bit more variety of breads. Nic went for the classic prawn open sandwich which was excellent. The prawns were gorgeous and the wheaten bread fresh.

Dessert (we’re on holiday!) was pear and almond cake and a chocolate brownie. Both went down well and there was plenty more to choose from including apple tart, fruit loaf, tray bakes and milkshakes.

Good food and a beautiful view. Definitely worth popping into if you’re ever in this stunning part of the world.

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