Review on The Idle Wall

Formerly the Quay Cottage restaurant, The Idle Wall re-opened in 2015, renamed after the nearby wall where generations of Dockers would sit whilst seeking employment at the nearby harbour. It is the brainchild of Newport native, chef patron Áine Maguire whose pedigree includes critically acclaimed restaurants such as Chapter One and The Winding Stair in Dublin. In an idyllic setting situated at the gates to Westport House, it overlooks Clew Bay with one of the most photographed boatsheds in the country. Inside the restaurant has a welcoming ambience decked out in a palette of pale grey and green, with crisp linen tables set on wood flooring and a stone fireplace laid out with pretty china.

Áine Maguire and her head chef Anthony Printer offer guests an innovative menu, showcasing seafood and Irish cuisine with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients. As a curtain raiser there's smooth Irish chicken liver pâté, butter roast apple, boozy raisins, and Patrick O'Reilly's sourdough or for fish fans there's whiskey cured Clare Island organic salmon served with their popular deep fried smoked salmon and cream cheese, dill and lemon puree. When it comes to main courses why not opt for the lamb and clams, local Westport lamb shoulder with wild and native clams, it was awarded the Irish Times Best Main Course in 2016. To finish enjoy an indulgent dark chocolate marquis paired with caramel sauce or the buttermilk panna cotta.

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Seafood / Irish


Áine Maguire and Anthony Printer

Restaurant Opening Times

Dinner: 5.30 - 10.00pm Wed-Sun

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Idle Wall

  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • 80 covers
  • Family Friendly


The Idle Wall
The Quay
County Mayo

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