The days of having to put up with dodgy pub food are at an end, as more pubs have earned the right to be named as some of the best places to eat.
Thirty-four Irish pubs spread across 15 counties have been listed in the prestigious Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide for 2014.
Of the 27 pubs in the Ireland, five are new to the list — Byrne & Woods (Roundwood in Wicklow), Tavern (Murrisk in Mayo), Fallon’s (Kilcullen in Kildare), Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay in Clare), and Morrissey’s (Doonbeg in Clare).
Three pubs received Inspector’s Favourite listings — Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna in Clare), Deasy’s (Clonakilty in Cork), and Toddy’s at The Bulman (Kinsale in Cork).
Overall, Cork lived up to its reputation as the food capital of Ireland with six listings — the most of any county in the south of Ireland.
These were Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), An Súgan and Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale).
Clare came in second with four listings — Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna), and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay).
In the west, Mayo took the top spot with three listings — Crockets on the Quay (Ballina), The Tavern (Murrisk), and Sheebeen (Westport).
Kerry and Kildare both had two listings — O’Neill’s Seafood Bar and QC’s (both in Caherciveen), while Kildare’s best food pubs were the Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen).
Also included in the 2014 Guide were the Chop House (Ballsbridge in Dublin), Oarsman (Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim), Fitzpatricks (Jenkinstown in Louth), Hargadons (O’Connell St in Sligo), Larkins (Garrykennedy in Tipperary), Fatted Calf (Glasson in Westmeath), Lobster Pot (Carne in Wexford), and Byrne & Woods (Roundwood in Wicklow).
In the North, all of the successful listings are in Down. They are the Pheasant (Annahilt), Coyle’s (Bangor), Lisbarnett House (Comber), Grace Neill’s and Pier 36 (both in Donaghadee) and Parson’s Nose and Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough). Lisbarnett House is a new listing, while Grace Neill’s is alone in securing an Inspector’s Favourite commendation.
Noting that customers no longer had to put up with bad food in a pub anymore, Guide editor Rebecca Burr said that all pubs listed in the Guide have been “rigorously inspected” by a team of full-time inspectors — the same team that produce the famed Michelin Great Britain & Ireland restaurant guide.
In September, nine Irish restaurants were awarded Michelin stars.
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