A NEW eatery nestled in the Wicklow mountains is among 34 Irish pubs featured in the prestigious 2014 Michelin 'Eating Out in Pubs' guide.
Byrne & Woods, a traditional stone cottage located in the picturesque village of Roundwood, Co Wicklow, is included in the 27 pubs in the Republic and seven in Northern Ireland that are among the 577 pubs from across Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales that have been given the thumbs up by Michelin's highly respected food critics.
The pub and restaurant not only boasts Oscar-winning actor and local resident Daniel Day-Lewis as one of its regulars, it features a menu that deviates from traditional pub fare in a good way, with such dishes as locally sourced venison sausage salad with wild mushrooms and pork belly, with apricot and sage chutney.
Owner Mark Hanray credits his two young chefs, who have worked at renowned Dublin eateries including Chapter One and Bang, with its impressive menu.
He said inclusion in the guide is a huge accolade for the restaurant, which has only been up and running for two years.
The pub is among the guide's five new Irish listings, along with The Tavern in Murrisk near Westport in Co Mayo; Fallon's in Kilcullen, Co Kildare; Linnane's Lobster Bar in New Quay; and Morrissey's in Doonbeg, Co Clare.
Three others were given special kudos as Inspector's Favourite listings, including the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare; Deasy's pub in Clonakilty, Co Cork; and Toddy's at the Bulman in Kinsale, Co Cork. Only one Dublin pub made it into this year's guide, the Chop House in Ballsbridge.
Guide editor Rebecca Burr said the Irish pubs were selected from a shortlist of about 80 establishments that were visited by Michelin inspectors over the past few months.
Those included in the 2014 guide, which is currently on sale here for €14.99, are spread out across Ireland. All seven of the listing in Northern Ireland are located in Co Down.