TripSavvy | Amenities at the Hill of Tara

From humble beginnings, Maguire’s shop and café have grown and grown throughout the years. Without losing its homely feel, despite becoming more professional, and larger. And, more important, without becoming a fast-food joint for thousands. Seating is limited, and on busy days you may well have to queue or simply come back later. Which, thanks to usually very efficient staff, is not as onerous as it sounds. And while waiting in the gift shop you might even pick up this and that ... maybe even an audio guide to help you explore the Hill of Tara.

For me, the main attraction here would be Maguire's Cafe, though - the gift shop used to be better in the old days (when they still sold more Pagan, esoteric stuff), but that might just be me. A friend from the US was totally enchanted, to be fair. On through to the café, quick, and grab a table. And a menu. Which will start with the breakfast specials (served until noon and forsaking the typical "greasy spoon" Irish breakfast for healthier stuff, or at least more variety), and end with the tea special (tea or coffee, two homemade scones with homemade jam, cream and butter - delicious, and at a quite good price too, unless they are sold out, which might happen on busy days). The main meals are filling and of good quality, the seafood chowder comes highly recommended (and with homemade brown bread, too).

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