ABOUT

The Idle Wall is named after the restaurant’s nearest landmark. For generations dockers would sit at the old Idle Wall and wait to be employed at the busy harbour. It is marked by a Sun Dial just up from the restaurant’s front door.

The Idle Wall restaurant, where the Quay Cottage used to be, sits at the gates to Westport House and looks out at what must be the most photographed boatshed in the country. The setting is beautiful.

Chef Áine Maguire, a Newport native, has returned to her roots to open this restaurant. Here you will be treated to the very best of Local and Irish Food, from Cluasins and Mountain Lamb to Native Oysters and Mackerel landed at the slipway outside the front door. Áine’s rich food culture from growing up in Newport has given her an interest in Irish Foodways that has moulded her career. From The Winding Stair to the table of the British Ambassador, from France to the Caribbean and back, it is this culture which brings her home.

Ainmníodh an bhialann The Idle Wall as an sainchomhartha is gaire di. Ar feadh na nglúnta, shuíodh na dugairí ar an seanbhalla díomhaoin go dtí go bhfaighfidís obair ag an gcuan gnóthach. Is é clog gréine, suas beagáinín ón mbialann, atá ina mharc aitheantais.

Suite ag geataí Theach Chathair na Mart, seasann an bhialann, The Idle Wall, díreach trasna ó cheann de na botháin bháid is aitheanta sa tír. Is fíorálainn an suíomh é.

D’fhill an cócaire, Áine Maguire as Baile Uí Fhiacháin, ar a fód dúchais chun an bhialann seo a oscailt. Gheobhaidh tú an bia áitiúil agus Éireannach is fearr anseo, ó Chluaisíní agus Uaineoil Sléibhe go hOisrí Dúchasacha agus Ronnach atá tugtha i dtír ag an gcladach taobh amuigh den doras tosaigh. Bhí cultúr saibhir bia ag Áine agus í ag fás aníos i mBaile Uí Fhiacháin, agus leag sé seo an cosán chun a suim a mhúscailt agus a slí bheatha a bhaint amach as bia na hÉireann. Ó The Winding Stair go bord Ambasadóir na Breataine, ón bhFrainc go dtí an Mhuir Chairib agus ar ais, is é an cultúr seo a thugann abhaile í.