The Summit Inn
The Summit Inn as its name suggests is located at the Summit of Howth hill. It was the last stop on the old GNR Howth tram which meandered its way from Howth train station at the foot of the hill up the hill to the summit. Sadly the tram is no more as it shut down in the early 60's although its track (opposite the pub) is still used today and is the quickest way on foot from the summit to the village.
Tram or no tram (the summit is served by the 31B bus) a visit to 'The Summit' as it is affectionately known, is a must for all visitors to Howth-some locals also consider it a must on a daily basis! The inn was originally built in the 19th century as a thatched cottage and has been in the Gaffney family for generations.
The Summit has without question the finest view from any pub in Ireland. Overlooking as it does the magical Ireland's Eye off Howth harbour and further north, the Mountains of Mourne in lovely County Down. With a well appointed and spacious seating area out front where one can drink or dine, the feeling is one of freedom and the views simply breathtaking. Sunny days are made for this.
Inside, the pub doesn't disappoint. The bar is traditional and cosy. At one end there is a fireplace and plenty of room to relax. At the other end is the famous Summit pool table where many an unsuspecting visiting shark fell victim to one of the local sharks - mouth open and ever ready!
The pub grub is excellent and the perfect accompaniment to a few drinks. The menu is select but caters for all tastes. Fresh, natural ingredients are the order of the day. Prices are reasonable, last orders for dining are at 9pm.
The Summit Inn is a unique pub where all ages meet together to relax, enjoy a pint and a snack. There is a good mix of local and visitor here all struck by the timeless ambience that is 'The Summit'.
Thormanby Road, Howth Hill, Howth.
T: 00353 (0) 1 8324615
Directions: Follow the main road from either Sutton Cross or Howth Village.