Four to try for Sunday lunch
A choice of four restaurants recommended for Sunday lunch.
Mallow, Co Cork.
At lovely Longueville, Sunday lunch is a civilised affair. Expect to find the appetiser buffet groaning with traditional delights such as egg mayonnaise, potato salad, and Longueville pork sausage in puff pastry, with free-range guinea fowl or Murty O'Shea's Kerry mountain lamb to follow. If you still have room, there's a dessert and cheese buffet to finish. €40pp with a €20 half-portion deal for children.
Ballymoss Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.
Not the first place you'd think of for Sunday lunch, but the China Sichuan is a good choice for those who prefer something a bit different to the traditional roast. A choice of half a dozen starters includes the signature 'Bon Bon' cold spicy chicken and Char Siu pork ribs, while main course options include slow-cooked lamb shank with Chinese herbs and Ma Po Tofu, spicy bean curd with preserved black beans. Served up until 6.15pm, the two-course menu is €20 and three courses will set you back €24.50.
Adare, Co Limerick.
Wade and Elaine Murphy serve a late lunch in photogenic Adare from 4pm to 5.30pm in the summer months. Think about roasted beetroot and goat curd salad, followed by slow-roasted rib of dry-aged beef with all the trimmings, with sticky toffee pudding accompanied by drunken fruit and rum and raisin ice-cream to finish, and try not to worry about how on earth you're ever going to summon up the strength to go back to work on Monday. Two courses will set you back €24.95, and three just a fiver more.
Byrne & Woods
Roundwood, Co Wicklow.
Take the family for a forced march to work up an appetite in Glendalough, Djouce Woods or Lough Dan before heading to Byrne & Woods for well-deserved re-fuelling. There's an à la carte menu featuring hearty choices such as 48-hour braised beef cheeks with wild mushrooms as well as decent vegetarian options. Roast beef, corned beef and cabbage, and Wicklow lamb are all €16.
THE SQUARE TABLE
Sisters Martina and Tricia Cronin serve up a mean Sunday lunch at their Blarney restaurant, using the best of local and artisan produce. €22 for 3 courses/ €18 for 2.