Quality Hotel and Leisure Center Youghal
Phone: (353) 2493050
Fax: (353) 2420699
Situated in the historic port of Youghal, open turf fires and the warmest of welcomes await you, in this luxurious family-run establishment. The bountiful fishing grounds nearby provide the bar and restaurant with a wide and varied supply of seafood. The menu changes daily depending on what is fresh and available. Light meals such as seafood chowder, oysters and smoked salmon can be enjoyed in the bar. Turbot, sole, lobster, prawns, clams and mussels are available for lunch and dinner in the lovely dining room.
This recently-opened restaurant, owned by the proprietor of the highly acclaimed Ballymakeigh House, is set just one hundred metres back from the main road going eastwards from Killeagh. The restaurant is open for snacks and lunches during the day, when hungry visitors can fill up on hearty meals such as roast sirloin of beef, salmon mayonnaise, and fresh plaice. Evening meals are available only at the weekend. The style of cooking here is simple and domestic in style, but performed with the same assurance which has made Ballymakeigh House so successful.
Located in the quiet retreat of Barnabrow Country House, this restaurant has been decorated with an aesthete's regard for detail and colour. Situated in a converted barn, the air here is a wonderful blend of stone, wood, and log fire. It also sports magnificent views over Ballycotton Bay. The style of cooking is accessible, pleasant, and modern. The menu includes breast of duck with Puy lentils, lamb shanks in red wine, and risotto cake with roast tomatoes and olives. Light lunches are also available.
The Clean Slate is a lovely room in Midleton and like nearby Ballymaloe House, (where chef Colm Falvey trained), the cooking combines rusticity with delicacy capturing the essential character of Irish farmhouse cuisine. Popular dishes include deep fried squid with Provencal sauce and sweet basil oil, cod baked with a crab and herb crust with chive butter sauce, poached wild salmon with a cucumber hollandaise, and Elfordstown duck with an orange and port sauce. Excellent culinary skill is applied to high quality locally produced ingredients, served in an unmediated way. Prices are very keen, and the service is excellent.
This is one of the most famous and popular restaurants in the Cork area. A delightful pub, bar and restaurant, The Bosun is an ongoing winner of the Black and White Pub of the Year Award. Situated on the water, the pub and restaurant have interiors to match the charm of the surroundings. The restaurant offers an excellent set menu as well as an à la carte selection. The chef is outstanding, and though seafood is obviously a popular option, any dish on offer is sure to satisfy.The Bosun is fifteen minutes drive from Cork city - the trip is always worthwhile!
If you're prepared to travel a little bit out of the city centre to dine, the Island Gate is certainly well worth the journey. The decor is traditional, the emphasis here is placed on providing patrons with good food in a relaxed informal atmosphere. The friendly staff are well-informed and it's often wise to heed their advice with regard to "what's hot and what's not". The menu is broad ranging: the steak and seafood specials are both popular choices, while vegetarians are well-catered for too.
This lovely little restaurant in Fermoy provides northern French-style cuisine to a devoted local audience. The place is usually packed to capacity at lunchtime, its popularity due in the main to the delicious array of filled crépes available. By contrast, an evening spent here is a calm, relaxed affair. Simple and direct methods are applied to high quality ingredients to produce dishes made with character and soul.
If you have a palate for spicy food and don't mind some extra calories on your plate, the Taj Mahal restaurant in Fermoy is what you are looking for. Located just off the main Dublin-Cork road, this Indian eatery offers delectable dishes in a simple but clean environment. Veggies can try the hot and fresh aloo pakoras, whereas meat lovers can choose from a wide range of biryanis and baltis available. Don't visit Taj Mahal if you are too particular about an elegant ambience and friendly service—it has none.
Watermarq, at the Silver Springs Moran Hotel, presents a perfect blend of traditional Irish and international cuisine. Watch expert chefs create wonders right in front of you in the open kitchen as you gulp down your kind of drink from the bar. Watermarq also accepts bookings for corporate events and private parties that can be held indoors or outdoors. For reservations, call the Silver Springs.