I couldn’t get a decent shot of this door because of the cars parked outside the building, but the windows and stonework are just as beautiful. This is the main entrance to The Riverside Restaurant, a less elaborate door leads to the Café. The building is part of a Georgian terrace and is beautifully preserved. The food is healthy, delicious and very reasonably priced. If you are ever in Skibbereen in county Cork, you won’t be disappointed if you decide to eat there.
The decor inside is of a Mediterranean theme, with warm shades of terracotta on the floors and walls, decorated by artwork from the Working Art Studio across the street. As the day was sunny and warm we sat outside in the courtyard, where I found some more interesting doors (and a nice little fountain) to photograph. These led to a studio, where you can attend various classes of Yoga and Pilates or even hire some rooms for your own event.
The view from our table was amazing and the sound of the river Ilen passing by made for a very relaxing meal. With such good food and beautiful surroundings we couldn’t have asked for more, but to top it all off we were treated to a very special performance that made a perfecting ending to our meal.
A wonderful creature made an appearance with a large salmon in its mouth and at first we thought it was an otter. It turned out to be a seal. You can just about see it in the photo, lifting its head up out of the water as it munched on the fish.
Riverside Café and Restaurant Skibbereen County Cork.