Jack Fenn's Courtyard Cafe

Jack Fenn's Courtyard Cafe is Ballina's new foodie destination situated in the courtyard at Belleek Castle. The cafe itself is housed in the former 1820's stables & coach house at Belleek Castle. The exterior brickwork & character has been restored and the interior design of the building has been given a modern design inspired by the life of Jack Fenn, a sailor & adventurer! Jack Fenn's Courtyard Cafe recently won the award for "Best Newcomer in Connaught 2018" at the Irish Restaurant Awards and Cafe of the year 2019” on Georgina Campbell’s Ireland guide

At Jack Fenn's we use only the best quality and locally sourced ingredients in our cafes food and homemade produce. We use freshly ground coffee beans sourced from BeanWest Roasters in Westport, County Mayo. We have our own house blend which is unique to Jack Fenn's. We have a wide range of teas sourced from the Irish Tea Company in County Roscommon. We offer an amazing brunch/lunch menu with a wide range of sandwiches, wraps, salads, soup and our homemade desserts which are to die for! We also have a lovely range of wines hand picked to go with our food and a range of beers sourced from Reel Deel Craft Beers from Crossmolina, County Mayo.

The food isn’t the only thing you’ll marvel at in Jack Fenn’s Courtyard Café – the setting also makes for a great experience. Situated in the old stable buildings adjacent to the Castle, in this intimate but quirky space, lovingly created by Lilly Lenahan & Crean Kitchens, working with local tradesmen, many of the materials from Belleek Castle have been beautifully repurposed to create an environment that reflects both the history of the castle and the Wild Atlantic landscape in which we live. We won’t give away the secret, but don’t forget to ask about the story behind the large table in the centre of the café! And of course there is the story of Jack Fenn the sailor & smuggler! You can learn more about the life of Jack Fenn in the tour of Belleek Castle, available daily from 11am till 4pm. 

"There once was a sailor called Jack Fenn, who got himself into a tight spot! Jack bought a passport from an Irishman called Marshall Doran and bought himself a castle!"

Jack Fenn Menu


 Soup of the Day5.50

Homemade soup served with croutons & homemade brown soda bread. (1, 7)


 Wild Atlantic Fish Soup. 8.50 

tomato based fish soup with fennel, green peppers, onions, white wine, garlic and black olives, served with homemade bread. (1,4,7,9,)


Roast Chicken Sandwich €10.50

On our toasted sourdough bread with tarragon mayo, roast tomatoes, roasted shallots and mixed leaves.

(1, 3, 6, 7) 


Sweetcorn Fritters, 10.50

Served with homemade salsachilli & lime yoghurt and our garden mixed leaves. (1, 3, 7)


Jack Fenn’s Superfood Salad €11.50

 Beetroot, pomegranate, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, butternut squash, and our own mixed leaves with spinach and toasted pumpkin seeds.

·      Add Aran Goats cheese for €1.50. (7) 

Add poached Egg €1.50. (3)


Aran Feta Polenta Chips9.50

Served with fried eggs, roasted cherry vine tomatoes, Polenta chips, Belleek’s garden salad leaves and a creamy lemon and poppy seed vinaigrette. (3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12)


Ploughman’s Board 10.50

Smoked Gubeen cheese, glazed loin of bacon, pickled gherkin, served with our castle breadhomemade apple chutney and beef tomato. (1,7) 


Smoked Salmon on Brown Bread9.95

Locally sourced smoked Salmon, caper berries, Chive cream cheese & dressed Garden leaves. (1,3,4,6,7,8,10,12)  



Traditional Fish & Chips, 14.50

Battered Whiting with pea and mint puree, tartar sauce and French Fries. (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12)


Jack Fenn’s Philly Steak Sandwich, 17.50

Kiltimagh beef with sauté onions, button mushrooms, Bandon cheddar cheese on a toasted Ciabatta, with garlic mayo, fries and pepper sauce. (1,6,7,10,12)



TwiceCookedChips{6} 4.50

GardenSalad& Soda Bread {6,9,10,12}  6.75

1. Gluten, 2. Crustaceans, 3. Eggs, 4. Fish, 5. Peanuts, 6. Soybeans, 7.Milk, 8.Nuts, 9.Celery, 10.Mustard, 11.Sesame,12. Sulphur dioxide/sulphites, 13.Lupin, 14.Molluscs.


We love our food, so we make everything in our little kitchen from scratch, for you everyday! We use trusted local suppliers and produce we grow ourselves,where possible.



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11am - 5pm



11am - 5pm



11am - 5pm



11am - 5pm



11am - 5pm



please call +353 (0)9622400 or email  for further information 




"Cafe of the year 2019” in Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide


"Best Newcomer in Connaught 2018" at the Irish Restaurant Awards. 




Check out a review of Jack Fenn on “Where Is My Teaspoon?”, a Home Baking & Lifestyle blog by Sinéad Farrell. Glad to hear she enjoyed our scones & cakes and we are delighted to hear Jack Fenn delivers on setting, coffee, sweets and atmosphere. 

Christmas vibes

Highly recommend
My experience started with a friendly welcome to the cafe followed by a very festive mulled wine. The atmosphere was cosy, relaxed with an impressive music range. I had a big bowl of heartwarming soup with a very generous portion. The blueberry cheesecake was delicious and definitely worth the indulgence. Overall the staff were very friendly, pleasant and this is one of the nicest places to eat in Ballina.

Reviewed by Ruth on Tripadvisor  16th December 2018

Super Experience

Down in Ballina from Dublin for the weekend with the family. Jack Fenns was recommended to to us by the receptionist in our hotel and it didn't disappoint. The cafe is very warn and cosy. The staff where attentive and very welcoming. Food was top notch with good portions and a great selection of herbal teas. Can't recommend this cafe enough. It's also in a great spot, we had a lovely walk around Belleek forest beforehand to build up a nice appetite!

Reviewed on 18th December 2018 

Delicious coffee and home baking in a relaxed setting

Definitely worth a stop after a stroll in Belleek Woods! Friendly efficient staff. All in a warm cosy setting. Highly recommended!

Visited September 2018 

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