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The Rusty Nail

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$$ - $$$
Irish, European, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
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Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
+353 74 937 6116
12:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Wed - Thu 15:00 - 23:30
Fri 15:00 - 00:30
Sat 14:00 - 00:30
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a days long drive ogling beautiful landscapes along the rugged coasts of Ireland, me, my feisty old mum and our battered rental descended through the frigid mists of the Mamore Gap to see the blue Atlantic waves batter the rocks at Dunaff, only to find ourselves craving a cup of tea, something to knaw at. Anything, really. Our stomachs... More 

Thank voorenachternaam
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I visit here every time I am in the area and the rusty never fails to impress. Had lamb shank with truffle mash on the recommendation of the owner and it was divine. The sticky toffee pudding finished off a great meal. Well worth going to the rusty on a Sunday evening when there is great music and friendly locals.

Thank TLSM21
Clady, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

despite it being a very busy night we received a very warm welcome and great service, we decided to try something different from the menu and the food was fantastic, there was such a great atmosphere we decided to return the following day for the traditional Irish music session which was most enjoyable. we will definitely return and highly recommend... More 

Thank Margaret H
Comber, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food in cosy surroundings. Staff friendly and helpful. Buttermilk chicken was absolutely gorgeous which I thoroughly enjjoyed. Husband and daughter also said their fish and burger were really good too. Well worth a visit

Thank Elizabeth R
Stanmore, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good selection of dishes with locally sourced produce.well cooked and presented and generous portions,good wine list but the house wines are worth avoiding

Thank BarryHartmann
London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Been here lots of times staff very friendly and welcoming. Food exceptional had potato and rosemary soup. Fresh local fish. Well worth a visit you may need to book during peak times at summer

Thank TLSM21
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

After a trip over Mamore Gap my uncle recommend to stop off for a pint in The Rusty Nail. The smell of food was too overwhelmed not to give in so we all got comfy and settled for dinner. The staff were very friendly and helpful but seemed somewhat under pressure. We decided to go for starters to share between... More 

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Clady, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

we were met with a very warm welcome and had a lovely evening with fantastic food and wine. great place will definitely return

Thank Margaret H
Derry, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Ate here on a cold January Sunday the food was OK nothing special, prices are however high for what is offered.

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Randalstown, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

We decided to go straight to mains - we picked steaks and they were the best I have ever eaten, anywhere in the world! The desserts were on the same plane.

Thank Damien G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$22
Irish, European, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
Restaurant features
Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
15:00 - 23:30
15:00 - 23:30
15:00 - 00:30
14:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crossconnell, Clonmany F93 R927, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  County Donegal  >  Clonmany
  • Phone Number: +353 74 937 6116
Situated at the foot of the Urris Hills on The Wild Atlantic Way, The Rusty Nail is one of Inishowen's hidden gems. With a welcoming open fire and friendly locals, The Rusty Nail provides a warm atmosphere to enjoy a good pint, a bit of craic, and of course great food. This traditional food pub, run by local couple Maresa & Enda McDonagh has an extensive bar food menu including favourites such pan-fried seabass fillets, cauliflower puree, grilled asparagus & salsa verde and grilled 30-day aged fillet steak, roast onion puree, watercress, traditional tobacco onions & red wine jus as well as a varied selection of pasta, vegetarian and gluten free options. The Rusty Nail hosts live traditional music sessions every Sunday evenings and caters for parties and family functions all year around. There are also many local activities nearby such as horse riding at Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre, walks to Glenevin Waterfall, a visit to Dunree Fort as well relaxing walks on Leenan, Binion, or Tullagh strands. A journey along the Wild Atlantic Way wouldn't be the same without a visit to The Rusty Nail.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?