Michelin Mentioned: A closer look at Cork’s best pub grub
Cork fared well in this year’s Michelin ‘Eating Out in Pubs’ Guide, with six businesses securing a deserved mention on the prestigious list.
The latest listing already has food-trekkers loosening their belts in preparation for a glorious cross-county pub grub crawl of proper proportions.
Many of Cork’s Michelin-mentioned pubs are most famous for their stunning seafood, courtesy of the near-by Atlantic Ocean and all are committed to celebrating the beauty of locally sourced ingredients from the stunning array of Cork food producers.
Meaty prawns, cracked crabs and fresh fish picked right from the day boats seem like reason enough to make the journey to any of these scrummy destinations.
Although the building that is Mary Ann’s dates back to the 15th century, it first began operating as a pub as far back as 1846. Now it’s owned by Fergus and Patricia O’Mahony and has been since 1988.
Being so close to the stunning Co. Cork seaside Mary Ann’s is the perfect destination for seafood lovers with fresh local fish forever shining from the menu.
Another one of Cork’s six pubs mentions in this year’s guide, Poacher’s Inn in Bandon celebrates the bountiful produce available from local producers in West Cork. Fresh fish are fetched daily from day boats pulled against the local piers and all produce remains untouched until it enters the kitchen.
An Súgan is one of two Clonakilty based pubs mentioned in 2015’s ‘Eating Out in Pubs’ guide. The restaurant has been owned and run by the Crowley family for over thirty years bursting out stunning seafood, all locally sourced. Being in West Cork, the pub is best known for the seafare on offer but if you’re a proper carnivore, the Ballyburden steak sandwich is supposed to be killer. An adjacent guest house will house you afterwards with a full and happy belly.
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Gorgeous views of Clonakilty Bay are a top attribute of West Cork’s Deasy’s, located in the village of Ring.
Diners lap up the somewhat informal relaxed atmosphere of Deasy’s and the simple, traditional decor adds to the experience.
Fresh fish is delivered daily from Union Hall and visitors can expect ‘fresh, creatively cooked and well presented fish.’
Located in Crosshaven, Cronin’s is a traditional family run pub and restaurant.
The building itself was originally opened as a hotel in 1892 and was purchased by the Cronin family in 1970.
Now the adjoining Mad Fish Restaurant is a shining star of pub grub in Cork, boasting its own garden where fresh vegetables are harvested for use in the restaurant. Spankingly fresh seafood is again the focus of this Michelin mentioned treat but mouths water even just glancing at the pictures.
Toddies at The Bulman Kinsale
The scenic village of Summercove is home to Toddies Restaurant, a local gem completely worthy of its inclusion in this year’s guide. This time of year, it’s the perfect spot to cosy up to a roasting wood burning open fire, a welcome escape from the chill brought on by the proximity to the ocean. A delicious oyster bar is one of the many highlights.