Belleek has a wonderful Heritage Trail which draws attention to the rich heritage around the various buildings and landmarks in the village. There are 21 places featured on the trail, each identified by a plaque on the wall and each with a story to tell.
We begin a tour of the Belleek Heritage Trail with No 8, The Thatch.
The Thatch Coffee Shop is a special focal point in the centre of Belleek Village. Dating from the late 18th century, it is slightly older than Belleek Pottery and was originally a two room dwelling house. It is now owned by the Clarke family and is run as a popular coffee shop with a fishing tackle shop incorporated.
Stopping in here for a bite to eat or a coffee offers a real authentic experience. It is a cosy environment in which to enjoy such Irish delights as smoked salmon on homemade brown bread or apple pie straight from the oven, accompanied by Irish whipped cream.
Villagers in Belleek are proud of “The Thatch” and it is usually bustling with local people taking a break from daily activities.
It takes dedication to maintain a vernacular listed building like The Thatch. The entire roof was replaced in 2014 by local Master Thatcher, Frank Gilligan. This is a trade that is passed down in families and takes years of hard work for an “apprentice thatcher” to achieve the title of “Master Thatcher”
If you find yourself in or around Belleek this summer, plan a visit to The Thatch for a great food and to enjoy the atmosphere inside a true vernacular building in Ireland.
If you plan on getting out on one of the many local lakes for some fishing or boating then the Fishing Shop also located in The Thatch has all the equipment, maps and advice that you will need.
tel. +44 (0)28 6865 81 81
The Thatch is within walking distance from Belleek Pottery.
Parking is available on the main street.
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