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12 of the best carveries in Ireland

Get your meat and two veg.

WITH THEIR ‘MORE is more’ approach to dining, carveries have earned a bit of a reputation in Ireland – the fear of encountering cold vegetables, dried-out meat and lumpy mash have scared many the Sunday lunch eater away from the buffet.

But don’t tar them all with the same brush. Grab a pint of milk and feast your eyes on 12 places in Ireland that are doing the carvery right.

The Exchequer, Dublin 2

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If you want to get fancy with your carvery, visit The Exchequer. The pub/restaurant offers a ‘carve your own’ option – at €49.95 for four people, you can choose from chicken, pork or beef with all the trimmings AND get a bottle of wine thrown in. Yum.

Silver Tassie, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

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As one of the most popular carveries in Co Donegal, Silver Tassie serves up a mighty lunch every Sunday. A firm favourite of the people of Letterkenny.

Hayes’ Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

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A fine carvery and, according to our sources, the place to go of a match day in Tipp.

Harvey’s Point, Lough Eske, Co Donegal

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Offering four (or more) courses, Sunday lunch at Harvey’s Point will fill you up for the rest of the day, and probably most of the next week. Heaven.

The Elm Tree, Glounthaune, Co Cork

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The award-winning restaurant is almost always rammed of a Sunday – and look, even Hooky loves it.

The Merry Monk, Ballina, Co Mayo

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Right on the edge of town, The Merry Monk is considered one of the best carveries in Mayo. Worth a whirl if you’re ever in the West.

O’Neill’s Bar, Suffolk Street, Dublin

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It’s a bit of a tourist trap, but if Sunday lunch isn’t enough for you, the carvery is open every day. Every day!

Dinn Rí, Carlow town

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Even if you made a fool of yourself in the Foundry nightclub the night before, you’ll want to return the next day to get a carvery lunch downstairs in Dinn Rí. It’s just how it goes.

Henry’s Bar and Restaurant, Cashelgarron, Co Sligo

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Sitting pretty right under Benbulben, Henry’s serves up one hell of a carvery lunch every Sunday afternoon – and it’s almost always packed to the gills.

Castle Hotel, Macroom, Co Cork

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This hotel was awarded Great Carvery Hotel of the Year in 2014 (look at them celebrating there), and for good reason. Stop in for lunch if you’re ever in Macroom.

Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Co Galway

C.R.O.S.S. Rugby Legends Malin to Mizen... - Galway Bay Hotel | Facebook Some nice healthy lads eating a nice healthy carvery. Source: Galway Bay Hotel

Situated slap bang in front of the beach in Salthill, the Galway Bay Hotel has been voted one of the best carveries in Connaught several times now.

An Poitín Stil, Rathcoole, Co Dublin

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As one DailyEdge.ie staffer notes: “Definitely the type you’d feel unashamed to have a pint of milk with.” The highest carvery compliment there is, no?

Have a favourite carvery of your own? Tell us about it in the comments.

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