Good pub news is food for thought

In these depressing times, good news is as scarce as hen’s teeth.

So, hats off to 27 pubs in the Republic, listed in the prestigious Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide for 2014.

This is particularly welcome news because pubs in more remote parts of the country are closing for lack of customers. Regrettably, the drink-driving laws deter many a bachelor farmer from driving to the local for a pint — largely out of fear he might have a quart.

Reversing the All Ireland hurling final result, six Cork pubs top the list as Ireland’s capital for pub-food, while Clare are a close second with four. Overall, the guide serves as a reminder that a good pub can provide excellent fare. The Michelin 27 join nine restaurants with its coveted stars, enhancing Ireland’s reputation for the best food and drink in Europe.


Who hasn’t dreamt of cutting ties with the nine-to-five and living off-the-grid?The great escape: What's life like off the grid?

Jazz in Europe these days exists in a highly networked environment of cultural and political bodies, festivals, promoters, musicians and educators.Jazz Connective Festival: Intriguing, exciting and uncompromising

It will be bittersweet for Stormzy that his second album arrives the day the British Labour party was confirmed as suffering a historic general election trouncing.Album review: Stormzy remains a work in progress

Unique drawings by Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, are available at a Christie’s online auction which runs until December 17.Your chance to buy drawings by Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake

More From The Irish Examiner