Friday 19 July 2019

Square Table is a dream come true for twins

Corkman and Chapter One chef Ross Lewis, originally from Bishopstown, will be returning to Cork to officially open new Blarney restaurant 'The Square Table' on Sunday October 19th at 5.30pm.

Ross will be accompanied by Food and Wine Magazine Best Chef Ireland Graham Neville.

The Square Table opened in the heart of Blarney with a goal to serve good quality, uncomplicated food that is locally sourced and served in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, as twin sisters and co-owners, Martina and Tricia Cronin, originally from Kilnamartyr, describe it, 'Fine dining without the frills.'

The talented duo had yearned for a long time to return home and open a restaurant near their homeplace, and they bring with them a wealth of experience. Despite their youthful appearance, cumulatively the girls have over 30 years experience in the restaurant business.

Martina is a gifted chef who has worked in The Bayview Hotel Ballycotton, Chapter One and Restaurant 41 The Residence Private Members Club, whilst Tricia, formerly of G's Restaurant at Casey's Furniture and Jacques Restaurant Cork, is a consummate front of house hostess with a passion for people.

The girls choose their suppliers from local, artisan, small businesses who are as passionate about food as they are.

Inspired by watching their mother cook from an early age, these choices are very personal. Their Coolea cheese is from where their mother grew up, and the Macroom flour used to make their tasty brown soda bread is the flour their mother always uses.

The butcher who supplies most of their meat is the butcher they had growing up and the mushrooms come from Ballyhoura Mushrooms, delivered by Mark and Lucy. Lettuce used in the salads and garnishes comes from Malachy who picks it in the morning and delivers it in time for lunch.