Sunday 24 June 2018

New Michelin guide names Ireland's thirty best pubs to dine in

The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. Photo: Eamon Ward
The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. Photo: Eamon Ward
Chef Aidan McGrath at work in the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. Phots: Eamon Ward
Brownie points: Aidan McGrath and Kate Sweeney are the people behind the Wild Honey Inn, which became the first pub in Ireland to be awarded a Michelin star. Photo: Press 22
Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne
Linnane’s Lobster Bar in New Quay
Cronin's in Crosshaven
Toddies at The Bulman Kinsale
Kevin Arundel, chef and owner of The Chop House on Shelbourne Road
Arcade Fire at Moran's Oyster Cottage, The Weir, Kilcolgan, Co Galway
Hartes Bar & Grill, Kildare. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile
The oarsman in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim
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Thirty Irish pubs have been listed in the 2018 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ guide.

One newcomer has been added to the list – Bull & Ram in Ballynahinch, Co. Down, an imaginative eatery which is situated in an Edwardian butcher's shop.

Lisdoonvarna’s Wild Honey Inn, which this year became Ireland’s first pub to be awarded a Michelin star, also made the list.

Tables at the Co. Clare eatery, owned and run by prominent chef Aidan McGrath and his partner Kate Sweeney, are now perhaps the county's most coveted.

Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne
Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne

Morrissey’s in Doonbeg, Co Clare became the only Bib Gourmand recipient listed in the guide. Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments offering good food at affordable prices of €40 or less for a three-course meal.

County Down had the most listings at seven, followed by Clare and Cork with four each and Kildare with three. Dublin, Galway and Mayo each received two listings with Antrim, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford each having one listing.

The Wild Honey Inn and Toddies at The Bulman in Kinsale, Cork both retained an “Inspectors’ Favourites” commendation - given to "establishments found to be particularly charming and which offer something extra special".

Guide editor Rebecca Burr said: “This year we have seen so many pubs get a new lease of life by placing greater emphasis on food. It’s great to see pubs being rejuvenated this way as they are often the heartbeat of our towns and villages.”

The Irish pubs that made the 2018 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ guide are:

Antrim

Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne

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Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne

Clare

Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay)

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Denis Vaughan of Vaughans Anchor Inn,Liscannor, Co Clare.

Cork

Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale)

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Deasy's in Clonakilty

Down

Bull & Ram (Ballynahinch), Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher’s Pocket (Comber), Parson’s Nose and Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough) Pier 36 (Donaghadee) and Balloo House (Killinchy).

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Pheasant's in Annahilt Co. Down

Dublin

Old Spot and Chop House (both in Ballsbridge)

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The Old Spot in Ballsbridge

Galway

Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan) and O’Dowd’s (Roundstone)

Kildare

Harte’s (Kildare),Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen)

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The Ballymore Inn. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Leitrim

Oarsman (Carrick-on-Shannon)

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The oarsman in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Louth

Fitzpatricks (Jenkinstown)

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Fitzpatricks (Jenkinstown) in Louth

Mayo

The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport)

Sligo

Hargadons (Sligo Town)

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Hargadons

Tipperary

Larkins (Garrykennedy)

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Larkins in Garrykennedy Tipperary

Wexford

Lobster Pot (Carne)

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The Lobster Pot, Carne, Co Wexford

Published today, the Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ guide 2018 is is now available in bookshops and online at http://travel.michelin.co.uk/

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