Three generations.

Three destinations.

One proud ethos.

Our Story

It all started in 1979, when John and Annette Vaughan opened Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscannor, a traditional bar and restaurant serving great Irish food.

Son Denis learnt his craft in the kitchen, putting the Anchor Inn on the map as a seafood destination serving the freshest fish and shellfish that was landed daily in Liscannor harbour.

Denis’s wife, Lisa, joined the business, looking after everything from the bookings to the front-of-house service. Guests today can still meet Annette popping in on occasion too.

Denis and Lisa’s eldest sons, James and Denis Jr, are the third generation to join the family business. Trained as a chef, James took over the kitchens in Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscannor in 2021.

Younger brother, Denis, joins his dad in Lahinch, working across the family’s new businesses, Spooney’s ice-cream parlour on the seafront and front-of-house in their casual new restaurant next door, Vaughan’s on the Prom.

A true Clare family, the Vaughans are synonymous with the very best of Irish hospitality and enjoy nothing more than sharing their love of really great Irish food with everyone who comes their way.

It all started in 1979, when John and Annette Vaughan opened Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscannor, a traditional bar and restaurant serving great Irish food.

Son Denis learnt his craft in the kitchen, putting the Anchor Inn on the map as a seafood destination serving the freshest fish and shellfish that was landed daily in Liscannor harbour.

Denis’s wife, Lisa, joined the business, looking after everything from the bookings to the front-of-house service. Guests today can still meet Annette popping in on occasion too.

Denis and Lisa’s eldest sons, James and Denis Jr, are the third generation to join the family business. Trained as a chef, James took over the kitchens in Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscannor in 2021.

Younger brother, Denis, joins his dad in Lahinch, working across the family’s new businesses, Spooney’s ice-cream parlour on the seafront and front-of-house in their casual new restaurant next door, Vaughan’s on the Prom.

A true Clare family, the Vaughans are synonymous with the very best of Irish hospitality and enjoy nothing more than sharing their love of really great Irish food with everyone who comes their way.

Sustainability

We don’t just talk about sustainability. We try extra hard to get things right at our three locations. For more than 15 years, we’ve used solar panels at Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscannor to heat our hot water. 

Every ounce of our take-away packaging is compostable, from our ice-cream tubs to our fish and chips packaging and coffee cups. We make everything from scratch in our kitchens, eliminating wasteful packaging and plastics and working in tune with the seasons.

Most of our menu is sourced from within County Clare, cutting down on needless food miles. We serve coffee from Sunday Collab, who donate 1% of all profits to protecting the oceans.

We don’t just talk about sustainability. We try extra hard to get things right at our three locations. For more than 15 years, we’ve used solar panels at Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscannor to heat our hot water.

Every ounce of our take-away packaging is compostable, from our ice-cream tubs to our fish and chips packaging and coffee cups. We make everything from scratch in our kitchens, eliminating wasteful packaging and plastics and working in tune with the seasons.

Most of our menu is sourced from within County Clare, cutting down on needless food miles. We serve coffee from Sunday Collab, who donate 1% of all profits to protecting the oceans.

Our Ingredients

At Vaughan’s, we proudly champion the best local produce so you can enjoy a true taste of Ireland.

Our suppliers include:

  • Shellfish from Sean ‘Digger’, Liscannor, Co Clare
  • Fish from Garrihy’s Seafood, Doolin, Co Clare 
  • Beef from John Stone Beef, Ballymahon, Co Longford
  • Salads from Celtic Salads, The Burren, Co Clare
  • Seaweed from Wild Irish Seaweed, Quilty, Co Clare
  • Milk from Lacey’s Farm, Liscannor, Co Clare
  • Potatoes from Pyne’s Potatoes, Kilrush, Co Clare
  • Cheese from St Tola Goat’s Cheese, Ennistymon, Co Clare
  • Redmond Fine Foods

Awards

We don’t like to brag and prefer to let our cooking speak for itself. Happily, lots of people like our food and hospitality and have given us awards to let us know.

Vaughan’s Anchor Inn

Join us in the pretty fishing village of Liscannor, where our landmark restaurant and bar has been serving delicious Irish food for over 40 years.

Specialising in local and sustainably sourced seafood, our award-winning team only serves the very best seasonal ingredients. Everything is made in-house, from our bread to our ice-cream, and our menus are informed by the day’s catch from Liscannor and Doolin.

With pints on tap, tables indoors and out, and a third-generation Vaughan in the kitchen, we’re keeping up a proud tradition of serving honest and delicious Irish seafood.

Open daily from 12 – 9pm. 

Bookings advisable.

Accommodation also available.

Join us in the pretty fishing village of Liscannor, where our landmark restaurant and bar has been serving delicious Irish food for over 40 years.

Specialising in local and sustainably sourced seafood, our award-winning team only serves the very best seasonal ingredients. Everything is made in-house, from our bread to our ice-cream, and our menus are informed by the day’s catch from Liscannor and Doolin.

With pints on tap, tables indoors and out, and a third-generation Vaughan in the kitchen, we’re keeping up a proud tradition of serving honest and delicious Irish seafood.

Open daily from 12 – 9pm. 

Bookings advisable.

Accommodation also available.

Lunch sample menu

  • Seafood chowder €9
  • Flaggy Shore oysters €14

    Coriander, Vietnamese dressing

  • Smoked Salmon Terrine €14

    Pickled cucumber, salted lemon mayonnaise

  • Homemade Black Pudding €14

    Foie gras, piquillo peppers

  • Vaughan's Fish and Chips, 19 year old start batter €18

    Local spuds

  • Vaughan's Scampi and Chips €21

    Local spuds

  • Roast rump of Lamb €18

    Pea and mint risotto

  • Crispy Salmon €18

    Leeks, samphire, mussel cream

Dinner sample menu

  • Flaggy Shore oysters €14

    Coriander, Vietnamese dressing

  • Seafood chowder €9
  • Sautéed scallops €15

    Oriental style dressed carrot and leek

  • Homemade black pudding €16

    Foie gras, piquillo peppers, pistachio

  • Fish and chips 19 year old start batter €21

    Local spuds, pea purée

  • Roasted Halibut €34

    Summer veg, Amalfi lemon, roasted fish bone sauce

  • Monkfish €29

    Roasted cauliflower, toasted almond crust, Colombo butter

  • John Stone rib-eye steak €32

    Roasted foie gras, cap mushroom, beef jus

Wine, Dine & Stay

The ideal location for exploring the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Wild Atlantic Way, Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscannor offers luxurious accommodation at superb rates with a delicious breakfast every morning.

Each of our stylishly refurbished bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom, king-size double bed and memory foam mattress. Our water is heated by solar power and guests can enjoy free parking.

Rooms include

  • Monsoon showers for a refreshing wake-up
  • Colour television
  • Hair dryer
  • Nespresso Machines
  • Complementary Wi-Fi
  • In-room safes
  • Paul Costelloe bathroom amenities

The ideal location for exploring the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Wild Atlantic Way, Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscannor offers luxurious accommodation at superb rates with a delicious breakfast every morning.

Each of our stylishly refurbished bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom, king-size double bed and memory foam mattress. Our water is heated by solar power and guests can enjoy free parking.

Rooms include

  • Monsoon showers for a refreshing wake-up
  • Colour television
  • Hair dryer
  • Nespresso Machines
  • Complementary Wi-Fi
  • In-room safes
  • Paul Costelloe bathroom amenities

Spooney’s

At Spooney’s ice-cream parlour in Lahinch, we make our own cow-to-cone ice-cream every single day. Why’s it called cow-to-cone? Because we collect fresh milk daily from Lacey’s Farm in Liscannor and pasteurise it ourselves, before churning it into insanely delicious ice-cream.

Of course we don’t just serve cones: there’s wafer baskets, sorbets and milkshakes too and our incredible Super Sundaes.

Spooney’s also serves deliciously fresh fish and chips to-go, made with locally caught fish that we fillet and batter in-house. Our chips are fresh too, cut from potatoes grown 40 kilometres away.

Enjoy a specialty coffee at Spooney’s too, made with Sunday Collab single origin coffee, our own milk, and perhaps freshly made churros or doughnuts on the side.

Open daily from 10am – 7pm.

At Spooney’s ice-cream parlour in Lahinch, we make our own cow-to-cone ice-cream every single day. Why’s it called cow-to-cone? Because we collect fresh milk daily from Lacey’s Farm in Liscannor and pasteurise it ourselves, before churning it into insanely delicious ice-cream.

Of course we don’t just serve cones: there’s wafer baskets, sorbets and milkshakes too and our incredible Super Sundaes.

Spooney’s also serves deliciously fresh fish and chips to-go, made with locally caught fish that we fillet and batter in-house. Our chips are fresh too, cut from potatoes grown 40 kilometres away.

Enjoy a specialty coffee at Spooney’s too, made with Sunday Collab single origin coffee, our own milk, and perhaps freshly made churros or doughnuts on the side.

Open daily from 10am – 7pm.

Spooney’s Cones

Spooney’s homemade ice-cream and sorbet. New flavours every day.

1 scoop €2.95 | 2 scoops €3.95 | 3 scoops €4.95

Spooney’s Fresh Milkshakes

Made with our fresh ice-cream.

€3.95

Spooney’s Baskets

Bounty, Strawberry, Ferrero Rocher, Mint Chocolate.

€3.95

Spooney’s Homemade Dessert Trays

  • Banana bread, banana ice-cream, toffee sauce
  • Chocolate chip cookie, vanilla ice-cream, cookies & cream sauce
  • Chocolate brownie, passion fruit sorbet, chocolate espresso crunch

€3.95

Spooney’s Super Sundaes

Spooney’s Mess, Daim & Malteser, Reese’s Pieces, Hungry Hippo, Unicorn, Oreo, Biscoff.

€4.95

Spooney’s Affogato

Vanilla ice-cream, hot espresso coffee.

€4.50

Vaughan’s on the Prom

Join us at Vaughan’s on The Prom for memorable food in the most memorable of locations. Overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay in Lahinch, we specialise in seafood and the freshest seasonal and local produce.

Bringing honest Irish food to Lahinch’s seafront, we cook over charcoal on a Josper Basque Grill, with our chefs making everything from scratch. Our modern menu features the tastiest Irish seafood, including lobster, langoustines, fish and chips and steak.

A full bar means you can enjoy your favourite drink with the best of food and the best of ocean views. Relaxed and casual, indoors and out, you’ll find a warm Vaughans welcome in this laidback Lahinch restaurant. 

Open 12 – 9pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings advisable.

Join us at Vaughan’s on The Prom for memorable food in the most memorable of locations. Overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay in Lahinch, we specialise in seafood and the freshest seasonal and local produce.

Bringing honest Irish food to Lahinch’s seafront, we cook over charcoal on a Josper Basque Grill, with our chefs making everything from scratch. Our modern menu features the tastiest Irish seafood, including lobster, langoustines, fish and chips and steak.

A full bar means you can enjoy your favourite drink with the best of food and the best of ocean views. Relaxed and casual, indoors and out, you’ll find a warm Vaughans welcome in this laidback Lahinch restaurant. 

Open 12 – 9pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Bookings advisable.

Vaughan’s on the Prom sample menu

All our meat and shellfish is cooked over hot coals on our Basque Josper grill
  • Vaughan’s seafood chowder €9
  • Proper prawn cocktail €14

    Galway langoustines, iceberg lettuce, Marie Rose sauce

  • Half dozen Flaggy shore dainty oysters €15

    Vietnamese dressing

  • Crispy suckling pig ribs €14

    homemade barbeque sauce

  • Barbequed Iberico pork skewers €13

    Apple purée

  • Gambas in their shell from the Josper €14

    Chilli and lime mayo

  • Vaughan’s foot long hot dog €15

    Sauteed onions, wasabi crumble, Chunky chips in beef dripping

  • Black angus rib eye steak €28

    Beef jus, chunky chips in beef dripping

  • Vaughan’s fish and chips in a 19-year-old start batter €18

    Spuds are peeled, cut, steamed and fried in beef dripping, homemade tartar sauce

  • Steamed mussels with white wine, garlic and parsley oil €15

    Homemade soda bread

  • Barbequed Iberico pork skewers €13

    Apple purée

  • Fillet of sea bass from the plancha €20

    Sprouting broccoli dressed with pickled ginger crème fraîche

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