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, sharing platters, boards of charcuterie 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 Brunch Menu,

11AM - 1PM


Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms on Toast, €9.50

 Creamy Garlic and Thyme infused King Oyster, Shitake Mushrooms with Buttered Kale, Poached Barn Eggs, Aran Feta Cheese on Brioche Bread. {1,3,6,7,10,12}.

  • add Andral Farm Streaky Bacon €1.50 .
Clarke’s of Ballina Hot Smoked Salmon Bagel, €9.50
Lemon and Dill Scented Smoked Salmon Spread with Red Onion,
Rocket and Radish on Everything Bagel, Gribiche Sauce {1,3,4,6,7,8,10,12}

Gubeen Chorizo and Dozio’s Formagella Cheese, €10.50

Buttered Ballyhoura Mushrooms, Baby Spinach and Asparagus,
Poached Free Range Eggs.


Jack Fenn's Lunch Menu

Soup of the Day, €5.25

Seasonal Soup served with Homemade Breads and Creamery Butter. {1,7,12}.  

Clarke’s of Ballina Smoked Haddock and Leek Quiche, €12.50

With Beetroot, Red Cabbage and Caraway Sauerkraut,  

Garden Leaves, Land Cress Pesto {1,3,4,6,7,9,10,12}

Organic Salmon Paccheri Pasta, €14.50          

Creamy Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Garden Baby Kale and Asparagus with Aran Feta Cheese Crumbs and Gremolata (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10,12)

Andarl Farm Black Pudding and Cashel Blue Cheese Croquettes,€9.50

Apple, Fennel, Flaked Almond, and Garden leaf Salad with Coriander Mayonnaise {1,3,6,7,8,10,12}

Quinoa Crumbed Chicken and Avocado Wrap, €11.75

          With Rocket, Semi Sun Dried Tomatoes and Lebanese Flat Bread, Courgette Tzatziki.


Aran Goats Cheese Salad, €11.00

Pomegranate, Quinoa, Crushed Pistachio, Orange Segments with

 Spinach and Watercress Leaves, Tarragon -Honey Dressing    {6,8,10,12}

Jack Fenn’s Steak Sandwich , €16.50

Char grilled Kiltimagh Beef, Balsamic Onions, Plum Tomato, Rocket,

Velvet Cloud Cheese on a Walsh’s Ciabatta and Creamy Horseradish Mayonnaise {1,6,7,10,12}

  • add Twice Cooked Chips €4.50 {6}



Little Additions

  • Twice Cooked Chips {6}    €4.50
  • Garden Salad {6,9,10,12} €3.75
  • Smashed Avocado and Aran Feta  Cheese {12}  €2.75
Drinks Menu
Soft Drinks
Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite.     €3.00 
Fresh Orange Juice.                     €3.50
Apple Juice.                                €2.80
Kids Juice.                                  €2.00
Water: We serve filtered still or sparking water for €1.00 per bottle which is also refillable as much as you'd like!
Irish Blond - A fruity Amber.         €6.00
Jack The Lad - Irish Pale Ale.        €6.00
Finn's Knowledge - Pale Ale.         €6.00
Heineken.                                   €5.20
Peroni - Gluten Free.                   €6.00 
Long Beach Chardonnay - 2017, South Africa.          Glass: €6.00 Bottle: €24.00.
Reserve de L'aube Sauvignon Blanc - 2016, France.  Glass: €6.50 Bottle: €25.00.
Delle Venezie Pinot Grigo - 2017, Italy.                    Glass: €7.50 Bottle: €29.00.
Sacchetto Prossecco - Italy.                                    Glass €9.50
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir - 2015 Germany.                      Glass: €8.00 Bottle: €36.00
Long Beach Cab Sav - 2017, South Africa.               Glass: €8.50 Bottle: €28.00

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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11 a.m till 5 p.m



11 a.m till 5 p.m



11 a.m till 5 p.m



11 a.m till 5 p.m



11 a.m till 5 p.m




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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