Railway Rest in Moate proving popular with greenway users
The Railway Rest at Jones Lake Road Crossing (Mount Temple Road) Moate, which opened last month, is quickly becoming a popular stop for coffee and a snack, on the Old Rail Trail Greenway between Athlone and Mullingar. Neil Dolan and Kieran Shaughnessy from Moate (Kieran being a head chef for many years) are behind the idea with Noelle Tyrell also from Moate responsible for day to day operations.
Neil purchased the old Gatekeeper's Lodge on the Mount Temple Road in early 2020. The house had been vacant for many years since Paddy and Vera Claffey (RIP) last lived there. They were the last employees of CIE to manage the operating of the gates. The cottage has been lovingly restored throughout the pandemic and now serves as a beautifully restored residential home and the backdrop to the Railway Rest.
The idea for the Railway Rest quickly followed the house renovation and those familiar with the site will note significant changes with the removal of the old sheds where the Railway Rest and seating area now occupy with direct access onto the greenway.
The Railway Rest serves beautiful fresh coffee by Warbler and Wren, an organic, 100% Arabica, hand roasted premium coffee. They also serve beautiful home baked treats, Cold Drinks & Iced Coffees, Ham & Cheese Croissants, Artisan Ice Pops, with many more inspired ideas to come in the future.
The Railway Rest looks to be open as much as possible throughout the year with more modifications to come to make it cosy and comfortable for those taking long hearty walks and cycles as the days get shorter.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stop off, while out cycling the greenway or a quick stroll around town, the Railway Rest makes the ideal spot for a warm welcome with delicious coffee and treats.