Paddy Jordan's Ballina occupies a historic location which was part of the Sir William Black's Estate in the eighteenth century. The old habitat was converted to a coach house, comprising of a rest area for travellers with adjacent stables for the weary horses. It was the first hostelry the traveller encountered on entering Ballina.
The building was part destroyed by a fire in the 1940's and subsequently purchased by Patrick Jordan. His son Paddy, who played with Mayo in 1950/51, took over the running of the pub. Today, his son Peter and his wife Anne own and manage this highly successful business which also operates as a Restaurant. It continues to be an oasis of tranquility for visitors and provides excellent food and entertainment in its extensive bars and restaurant.
Since its establishment over 60 years ago it has seen many changes in market demands. Before the 1970's it was unheard of for a pub to serve food and as one of the first in the area to provide this service it proves that even then our focus on customer needs took priority.
Today there are many excellent Pubs and Restaurants in Mayo, providing good food and service. But what makes us the BEST?
We believe that we provide consistent quality food along with the best service because we are "customer obsessed". Today's customer is very knowledgeable and expects and demands this. Our delivery of food and service is what sets us apart from the rest and this has been substantiated by our customers through use of comment cards.
Recently Paddy Jordan's won Mayo Pub of the Year which we are thrilled about and also received 5 Pints from Sunday Worlds Pub Spy who had very favorable things to say about the pub.
At Paddy Jordan's there is a strong management team that are committed to high standards in service, quality and hygiene. Our toilets even feature on BEBO!
We carefully select our team members and heavily invest time in training in order to empower them to be the best at their jobs.
WHAT'S ON OFFER / FACILITIES
Our most recent addition is our outdoor smoking and dining area which greatly enhances the exterior of the building and is proving to be very popular for barbecues etc. We also boast of a well manicured garden with seating areas, and some old world farm equipment to converse over.
Paddy Jordan's now offer our customers FREE broadband connection.
Our function room which looks out on a beautiful manicured garden has an old world charm and plenty of antiques to keep you amused. It can seat up to 120 guests but is still intimate for parties of 40/50 people. We cater for all parties such as Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings and Christenings the list goes on! And after your night of celebration we can take you safely home in our courtesy bus.
Although Paddy Jordan's do not have accommodation we have built good relations with excellent B&B's and hotels nearby which we can recommend without any hesitation.
CEOL AGUS CRAIC AT PADDY JORDAN'S
Paddy Jordan's are renowned for their music sessions and welcome all musicians and singers to join in. Through the summer season we have sessions on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Sunday is family day with an open air Barbeque, live music and with a Bouncy Castle for the kids (weather permitting of course!)
In 2002 we noticed a niche in the market place for Indian and oriental cuisine. The demand was so that we started to build a team of Chefs to give customers this service. We have since added Mexican, Italian, Vegetarian along with European dishes so there is a diverse menu to suit all tastes and most important of all at affordable prices. Our menu also caters for special diets.
All this food is also available for Take Out so if you fancy staying in you can phone in an order from the take out menu and we can deliver it to your door.
Families are welcomed at Paddy Jordan's and are encouraged to sample our worldwide foods so, we have smaller portions available to them to expand their knowledge of different flavors. We also have colouring pages for young diners to keep them occupied. There are baby changing facilities in our ladies toilets and we also provide high chairs. In the summer months, weather allowing, we provide a bouncy castle in the garden so Mum and Dad can relax in the sun.
Another niche that has come to light is the demand in outside catering and private parties at home. It seems that ‘staying in is the new going out' having friends over for food and drinks. This is due to the smoking ban and the drink driving campaign. Although still in its early days we are still building this side of the business and we feel that with a knowhow and experience it will lead to be successful.
THE MOY VALLEY: The Moy Valley is a paradise of natural beauty set between two mountain ranges. Enniscrone and Lacken beaches are unpolluted Blue Flag awarded beaches attract visitors all year round. The famous river Moy which flows into Killala Bay, is renowned for its fishing and we have some very famous names who fish here on a regular basis such as Nick Faldo and Jack Charlton.
The countryside is steeped in historical sites, THE CEIDE FIELDS AND MOYNE ABBEY to name two.
THE CEIDE FIELDS: Near Ballycastle, an archaeological site and are the oldest known fields systems in the world It also has an award winning visitor centre and has the most dramatic coastline scenery in the country. Tel: +353 (0) 96 43325.
MOYNE ABBEY: Moyne Abbey and Rosserk Fiary are located close to each other and both are equally impressive ecclesiastical ruins in Co Mayo. Both built in Gothic styles and have interesting architectural features.
FOXFORD WOOLEN MILLS: The mill is a major attraction all year round, showing visitors the workings of a traditional woolen mill. Learn how Foxford town grew around the mill and see skilled craftspeople produce tweeds, rugs etc and goldsmiths at work in the jeweler's workshop. Tel: +353 (0) 94 9256756.
GOLFING: Ballina welcomes new and outside members, there are good green fees for this 18 hole parkland course. It boosts a new state of the art clubhouse for to day's modern golfer. Tel: +353 (0) 96 21050.
Enniscrone, a seaside resort is just 10 km from Ballina and has a superb 27 hole championship links course which has hosted both the Irish Close and West of Ireland Championships. Tel: +353 (0) 96 36297
Enniscrone also have a Pitt and Putt course. Tel: +353 (0) 96 36788.
SHOPPING IN BALLINA: Ballina has come onto its own as regards shopping. To day Ballina can boast some well known retail outlets Shaw's, Penneys, Shasa as well as locally owned shops Leap Clothing who stock several well known brands for all ages.
BALLINA SALMON FESTIVAL
This is Ireland's premier family - orientated festival. In July each year it gives thousands of people ten days of fun filled artistic and cultural events catering for all age groups. There are children's work shops, art competitions, treasure hunts, soccer blitz, fishing, dancing, lots and lots more. Lady of the Moy is a night of glitz and glamour, a night not to be missed, there is a hugely popular reach for the stars, open air concerts, Irish night and the renowned Heritage Day .A day where the town is closed to traffic and is turned back in time. A day where you get a chance to dress up in costume and remember the Ireland of old.
BALLINA HORSE SHOW
A two day event in July where breeders, owners and admirers gather and international names battle it out.
LACKEN STRAND RACES
Lacken races take place each year at the end of May. Beach racing allows clear views of the action and attracts large crowds both for the racing but also for the family entertainment and fairground attractions.
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