After biking from Glencolumbkille to Maghera Beach, we drove to the small town of Ardara to take a break. Nancy’s is the ultimate Irish pub because it has been around for several generations. Its namesake is the great-grandmother of its current owner. There are hundreds of trinkets hanging around the pub, and each piece looked like it told a story of Ireland or one of the pub’s family members.
The place looked small from the outside, but as soon as I ventured out to look for the women’s bathroom, I discovered other small, more private rooms around the entire lot. Upstairs, the family’s bedrooms are open in order for a visitor to finally get to the bathroom. It felt like I trespassing, but at the same time, it also felt like home because of everyone’s hospitality at the bar.
Only in Ireland will I be asked if I fancy a pint with a plate of oysters at 1pm. Of course, I happily obliged.
Nancy’s House is in Ardara in County Donegal, Ireland.