Come for the atmosphere, stay for the amazing food
The History of the Snailbox
Where the original premises at Kilmoon stood was common ground, and in 1846, a man travelling the road, by the name of Jame Clark (a hedge school teacher known locally as Jem), who carried his home on his back, decided to set up this home on the common ground. Over a period of time, he built a wall around his home, from local stone, which can still be seen on the premises to this day. As time went on the local landowners tried to have him removed from the commonage but failed. Eventually they took a court action against him, but the judge of the day ruled, that like a snail and his box who carries his home on his back, wherever he decides to stop shall be his home - the homestead became known as “The Snailbox” and this is the restaurant and venue we are so proud of.
The collection was started by a loyal customer and previous owner known as “Smythy”. One night he left his cap behind him. We refused to give it back to him and hung it on the ceiling… the cap collection began!