New Michelin guide names Ireland's thirty best pubs to dine in
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.
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:
Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne
Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay)
Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale)
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).
Old Spot and Chop House (both in Ballsbridge)
Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan) and O’Dowd’s (Roundstone)
Harte’s (Kildare),Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen)
The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport)
Hargadons (Sligo Town)
Lobster Pot (Carne)
Published today, the Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ guide 2018 is is now available in bookshops and online at http://travel.michelin.co.uk/