Try mussels straight from Bantry Bay, taste Durrus Cheese on the Sheep’s Head peninsula where it is made, or sample some of the dishes put together by local chefs who pride themselves on making the most of the wonderful fresh local produce and seafood available here in West Cork.
The Drimoleague Inn is a a small family-owned bar, restaurant where the friendly team serve fresh, locally sourced, home-cooked food
There’s a relaxed friendly atmosphere with excellent service. Breakfast is served between 10am and midday, lunch is served between midday and 3pm, and an excellent bar menu is on offer each afternoon.
Evening meals are served in the Drimoleague Inn’s restaurant, which takes orders up until 8pm. It’s an ideal spot for walkers making the most of the great routes along the Drimoleague Heritage Walkways and the eastern stretches of the Sheep’s Head Way.
There is a large private function room and ample off-street parking available, and there is a children’s playground adjacent to the car parking area. With full wheelchair access too, the Drimoleague Inn is a great place for weddings, celebrations, and groups arranging a meal or event together.
Drimoleague was once a major junction on the famous and much-missed West Cork Railway, and it’s still a great place to start when exploring the delights of the Drimoleague Heritage Walkways, the Sheep’s Head Way and the West Cork region.
Monday to Thursday 10am – 11.30pm
Friday and Saturday 10am – 1pm
Sunday 10am - 11.30pm
Breakfast – 10am -12pm
Lunch 12 – 3pm
Midweek – Light snacks, soup and sandwiches 3pm – 9pm
Weekends – Bar Food menu every Saturday and Sunday until 8pm.
|Tel:||00 353 (0)28 31688|
|Special Dietary Requirements?|
Arundel’s by the Pier is a family-run bar and restaurant located in an idyllic location overlooking Kitchen Cove in Ahakista
Recommended by The McKenna Guides as “One of the key instigators & players on the burgeoning food scene on the Sheep’s Head peninsula,” Arundel’s is a perfect place to relax while taking in the spectacular views of Dunmanus Bay.
Head chef Dominique Carrucci trained in some of the most spectacular places in France and Italy, and has brought his wonderful flair to Ahakista.
And of course, for all of the parents out there who like dining al fresco with their children, there is a playground with swings, slide, blackboard and seating to help keep little ones entertained while the grown-ups enjoy their meals!
|Location:||Ahakista, The Sheep's Head peninsula, Co. Cork|
|Opening Hours:||Food Every Day: 12.30pm - 8.30pm
Usual bar times also apply.
|Tel:||00 353 (0)27 67033|
|Special Dietary Requirements?||The menu at Arundel's is very clearly marked with a range of gluten-free and vegetarian choices.|
The Fish Kitchen is a family-run restaurant in Bantry which serves fish, fresh from West Cork’s waters, in a modern bistro setting
Bantry Bay mussels and locally-sourced ingredients feature on the menu in this popular restaurant. Specials change on a daily basis to feature the best of the day’s catch. A selection of Irish craft beers is available, and visitors always comment on the Fish Kitchen’s friendly atmosphere and excellent service, all delivered in a cosy bistro setting.
The Fish Kitchen is a wonderful place for lunch or for a special evening out!
Fittingly, the restaurant located above Bantry’s fish vendors. The Fish Kitchen is a welcome addition to town. Everything is unfussy, from the décor to the food styles to the prices. Just one thing is exacting: the care shown in the kitchen. The finest mussels, scallops, haddock and more are prepared perfectly Lonely Planet Ireland, 2010
|Location:||Above the Central Fish Market, Bantry, Co. Cork|
|Opening Hours:||Open for lunch and dinner service Tuesday to Saturday|
|Winter Hours:||Closed Sundays & Mondays|
|Tel:||00 353 (0)27 56651|
|The restaurant is located above Bantry's Fish Shop and access is only available via a set of stairs.|
|Special Dietary Requirements?||Coeliac options available.
Gluten free beer & cider.
Surrounded by 4.5 acres of lawns and gardens, in West Cork, Blairscove House and restaurant is the ideal place to spend a few relaxing days
Since 1972, Blairscove has remained in the hands of the same family; and Philippe and Sabine De Mey, the present owners, continue to provide top quality dining and accommodation.
The accommodation at Blairscove House consists of four apartments which are situated around the courtyard of a Georgian house and two cottages, one in the grounds and the other 14km away at Dunmanus pier. All the accommodation can be rented on a self-catering basis from Saturday to Saturday. The courtyard apartments can also be rented on a bed and breakfast basis.
The gorgeous restaurant is recommended by the Michelin Guide, has been awarded AA 5 stars, and has 2 AA rosettes.
The stunning Blairscove dining room is high-beamed like a church, converted from the former stables. The setting makes this a very popular setting for weddings and special celebrations!
The dining room is headed by a wood burning grill where meats are cooked over embers. The restaurant is open for dinner from mid-March to the end of October Tuesday to Saturday. Vegetarian options and we can also offer food prepared with ingredients not containing gluten.
For the active, the Mizen peninsula’s sandy beaches are just a short drive away and the Sheep’s Head peninsula boasts miles and miles of scenic walks. Bantry, Schull, Ballydehob and Skibbereen with their festivals, pubs, shops, and restaurants offer plenty of action, not forgetting the golf courses of Bantry and Glengarriff which are among the most scenic you will ever play.
The pace is slow, the people are friendly. Pubs are plentiful and the food is wholesome and fresh. Above all, at Blairscove you will discover a place which is cosmopolitan and sophisticated, yet at the same time unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful.
|Location:||Durrus, Sheep's Head peninsula, Co. Cork|
|Phone:||00 353 (0)27 61127|
|Access to grounds, however all bathroom facilities located on first floor.|
|Facilities:||Restaurant with accommodation.
|Special Dietary Requirements:||Special dietary requirements can be accomodated.|
This traditional family-run hotel overlooks the lake at Gougane Barra, one of the most peaceful spots in Ireland.
The Lucey family has owned the hotel since 1937. Neil and Katy took over the running of it in 2005, and while they have modernised the menu and improved the standards of comfort in the hotel, its traditional charms remain intact.
In fact, the Gougane Barra Hotel won the coveted AA Hotels Ireland Courtesy and Care Award for 2012-13 in recognition of the warm welcome the Luceys provide.
The views from the lakeside restaurant complement the food which places a strong emphasis on good local produce. A tasty bar menu which includes excellent seafood chowder is available. Meanwhile, many guests enjoy taking afternoon tea in front of the fire.
The Sheep’s Head Way, St. Finbarr’s Way and the Beara-Breifne Way intersect here, making this a wonderful base for hikers. The hotel is located on the shores of the lake where St. Finbarr established his hermitage, and the place continues to offer people a relaxing retreat from the bustle of everyday life.
Gougane Barra Hotel is a popular venue for weddings. Whatever the reason for your trip, Gougane Barra, and your stay in the hotel are sure to win a special place in your heart.
|Fáilte Ireland Rating:||3 Star|
|Location:||Ballingeary, Co. Cork|
|Phone:||00 353 (0)26 47069|
Located within forest park
The Quays Bar and Restaurant is the perfect spot for a fine pint of Guinness and a bite to eat during your stay in Bantry.
The Quay’s Bar is situated in the heart of Bantry town and serves meals Monday to Saturday.
The bar has a large sandwich menu which includes light meals and snacks as well as a daily specials board. This usually includes a roast dinner option, a vegetarian option, a fish dish, a pasta dish and a selection of other more substantial meals or just order a pint and a bowl of hand-cut chips.
The Quay’s Bar plays a very important role in the drinking culture in Bantry. Mid-week is always a laugh and sometimes a heated event with the introduction of a deck of cards or a set of darts. The chat and banter is always flowing!
The weekend starts on Wednesday and finishes on Tuesday because we believe three days isn’t enough. There is a D.J. on Fridays and Saturdays. As Saturday night usually ends too early for most of us, The Quays Bar often (not always) decides to have a bar extension and stay open until 2 A.M. with kind permission of the courts of course. Sunday evenings host live traditional, rock and/or Irish bands so be sure to be in early to get a seat.
|Location:||Wolfe Tone Square|
|Opening Hours:||Monday - Thursday: 10:30 - 23:30
Friday - Saturday: 10:30 - 00:30
Sunday: 12:30 - 23:30
Food: 10:30 - 3:30, Mon-Sat, Fri 5-8.30pm.
|Tel:||00 353 (0)27 50900|