They may call it the Rebel County, but Cork certainly puts up no protest when people call it the Food Capital of Ireland. From the gourmet fishing villages of West Cork to the cosmopolitan wine bars of Cork city, you will find something to suit your palate.
Ballylickey, Bantry bay, Cork
Ballylickey Manor House stands on the boundary of Cork and Kerry, amidst 10 acres of award-winning gardens overlooking majestic Bantry Bay. Its summer restaurant, The Rendezvous Restaurant, is much praised and highly recommended for an evening out.
Ballylickey, an ideal centre from which to tour the beautiful south-west of Ireland, also offers private trout and salmon fishing in the park, a heated outdoor swimming pool and golf courses nearby.
Douglas, Cork, Cork
Harold’s Restaurant has a Ballymaloe school background, and although certain elements of the cooking reveal that training – John Dory served with a simple butter sauce, or lamb with a classic mint dressing, or a twice baked cheese souffle – you will also find more modish dishes. Tapas feature occasionally, or maybe a salad of smoked chicken with balsamic vinegar dressing.
Churchyard Lane, Well Road, Douglas, Cork
Demonstrating the First Law of Cork Restaurants – namely that if you stand still you fall behind – Lovett’s is a family-run restaurant and brasserie. The brasserie specialises in chargrills, cooked in front of the customer and accompanied by salads and potatoes.
This continues the Lovett policy of doing their best to appeal to everyone.
The Barn Restaurant
The Barn Restaurant is a popular gourmet restaurant with specialties being French dishes, steaks, and modern Irish cuisine. Menus include set menu and a Sunday Lunch menu with the option of vegetarian meals. It boast a sophisticated dining room and efficient, friendly service. Musical entertainment is provided.
Spanish Point Seafood Restaurant is a family run restaurant, located off the main Cork/ Youghal road and only half an hour from Cork City. Here you will experience an atmosphere of hospitality, complemented by local cuisine, based on local produce and fresh fish caught from our own trawler.
Harbour View, Kilbrittain, Cork
With unparalleled ocean views, The Pink Elephant is a must for the discerning diner or visitor looking for a relaxed & welcoming bar/restaurant. Owner run & fully refurbished there is also a gallery of local landscape photography. The Pink overlooks the site of the sinking of the Lusitania, as well as being close to Kinsale & historic Timoleague Abbey. Our evening menu changes daily, using the best of fresh local ingredients. In summer, bar lunches are served outside overlooking the bay – weather permitting.
48 North Street, Skibbereen,, Co. Cork
Coffey’s Kitchen is a family run, family-friendly restaurant in the heart of Skibbereen. We are passionate about producing delicious meals using the amazing produce that West Cork and Ireland have to offer.
We also want to offer good value for money for our diners, with breakfast starting at just €2, sandwiches from €3 and our mains all €10 or less. Our children’s menu offers a good range of options all for €5 or less and we are happy to do smaller portions from the main menu for the younger diners! Children under 3 eat for free when their parents are eating with us.
1,2 Oliver Plunkett Street, Bandon, Cork
Italistro is a Mediterranean restaurant on Oliver Plunkett Street in the market town of Bandon, Ireland’s gateway to west cork.
Opened in 2007 italistro has quickly become the favourite restaurant of the locals and people travel as far as north cork to see what all the fuss is about.
As the name suggests, food influences are from the Mediterranean and fused with modern global influences. First class home delivery and take away service are available, giving diners further options.
Staff are professional, friendly and dedicated to giving the best possible service.
Located in the centre of the romantic Gaeltacht village of Ballyvourney, the Mills Inn provides a warm Cead Mile Failte with traditional Irish hospitality.
One of the oldest inns in Ireland, it combines the best of old world charm, log fires, oak beams and snug cosy lounges, with all the conveniences of modern living.
Just 20 miles from Killarney, surrounded by the beautiful West Cork countryside this is an excellent base for touring the south west.