Monday 27 January 2020

Revealed: the 32 best pubs in Ireland for a drink and a bite

Manager Conor Kavanagh, centre, with waiters Jennifer Loane and Dave Kerr in the Old Spot Photo: Damien Eagers
Manager Conor Kavanagh, centre, with waiters Jennifer Loane and Dave Kerr in the Old Spot Photo: Damien Eagers

Sean O'Grady

If you have built up an appetite as well as a thirst, 32 Irish pubs across 15 counties can provide the solution.

The hostelries north and south of the Border have been named in the prestigious 2017 'Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide'.

Of the 32 establishments listed, 25 are in the Republic and seven are in the North.

And if you're in Dublin, the two winners are only about 100 metres apart.

Down dominates the winners with six listings, followed closely by Cork with five, Clare with four and Kildare with three.

Galway, Dublin and Mayo each received two listings, while Antrim, Kerry, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow all have one.

The capital's listings are the Old Spot and the Chop House, both located in the Beggar's Bush area of Dublin 4.

General manager of the Old Spot, Conor Kavanagh, spoke about what it takes to be listed in the guide for the second year in a row.

"We opened at the end of 2014, so we're really delighted about this," he said. "We have a real dedication to quality and because we declared ourselves as a gastropub when we opened. I think people wanted to come and see us to check us out.


"We offer fantastic food in a pub environment, very high quality produce, great wine and a great cocktail list. We're in a great part of Dublin, right beside the Aviva Stadium."

Antrim's listing is Billy Andy's in Mounthill, near Larne. Clare's pubs are Morrissey's in Doonbeg, Vaughan's Anchor Inn in Liscannor, the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna and Linnane's Lobster Bar in New Quay.

Cork's listed pubs are Mary Ann's in Castletownshend, the Poacher's Inn in Bandon, Deasy's in Clonakilty, Cronin's in Crosshaven and Toddies at The Bulman in Kinsale.

Down's winning pubs were the Pheasant in Annahilt, the Poacher's Pocket in Comber, the Parson's Nose and the Plough Inn, both in Hillsborough, Pier 36 in Donaghadee and Balloo House in Killinchy.

Galway's listings were Moran's Oyster Cottage in Kilcolgan and O'Dowd's in Roundstone.

Kerry's listed pub is the O'Neill's Seafood Bar in Caherciveen. Kildare impressed with Hartes in Kildare town, the Ballymore Inn in Ballymore Eustace and Fallons in Kilcullen.

Leitrim's stand-out pub is the Oarsman in Carrick-on-Shannon, while Co Louth's is Fitzpatrick's in Jenkinstown.

Mayo's listings are The Tavern in Murrisk and the Sheebeen in Westport.

Sligo's top gastropub is Hargadon in Sligo town, while Larkins in Garrykennedy is the premier pub in Tipperary.

Wexford's listing is the Lobster Pot in Carne, while Wicklow won with Byrne & Woods in Roundwood.

Wild Honey Inn and Toddies at The Bulman both retained an 'Inspectors' Favourites' commendation, described as "establishments found to be particularly charming and which offer something extra special".

Irish Independent

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