A two and a half hour stroll through the city, taking in many of the highlights and finishing with a meal – relaxed, friendly and fun – you will be in very good company.
Mews Restaurant is a destination. The end of the road. You can find us down a lane, in the small seaside village of Baltimore; at the South-West tip of Ireland. An unlikely place for a restaurant, one might think. But, if you scratch the surface, you will see the reason why we chose here rather than anywhere else: the extraordinary ingredients.
Based in the grounds of stately Ballinacurra House near Kinsale, a half hour’s drive from Cork City, chef David Rice has his Kinsale Gourmet Academy offering a range of one-day or longer courses on everything from bread-baking and BBQ-ing to dessert making and the art of artisan pizza. Fun courses in a spectacular setting.
The Ivory Tower is an intimate, quirky dining room above some shops on Oliver Plunkett Street, the busy heart of Cork city centre. Chef Seamus O’Connell is something of a Cork legend, a maverick, an inventor, a supremely talented chef who fuses Irish ingredients with French, Mexican and Japanese traditions. His tasting menus are famous, the experience is rarely less than intriguing and it will almost certainly be a meal to remember.
Twin brothers Padraig and Adrian Hyde say they like to talk about beer as much as brew it. Almost. At their medal-winning Munster Brewery, the brothers welcome all parties, big and small, to the port town of Youghal, once home to the Elizabethan explorer, adventurer and beer-lover Sir Walter Raleigh.
Another local favourite, Cafe Velo sits right on the river at George’s Quay, chooses local produce where possible and serves up brunch favourites in a bright, simple space. A fine Sunday morning option in the city.