An institution in the West Cork food scene, Manning’s Emporium is a must-visit destination for any foodie travelling along Ireland’s Atlantic coast.
Named as one of Ireland’s best 100 restaurants in The Sunday Times – February 2016
The café-delicatassen has been in the Manning family for over 70 years, evolving over that time from a post office and convenience store to what it is today: a gourmet shop renowned for its high quality local produce, fine wines and excellent service.
You’ll find a wide selection of Irish and continental farmhouse cheeses here. The owners Laura and Andrew share a passion for, and genuine knowledge of great food, and they’ll be happy to share with you suggestions about pairing their excellent selection of Irish artisan foods with the wide selection of wines on offer.
The local cheese board and good coffee are popular, and the sherry bar is a welcome new addition. Over the summer, Andrew and Laura host a range of themed food evenings in the courtyard outside the café, and these events are hugely popular with locals and visitors alike.
Manning’s also serves as a speciality food store, and so this is a great place to stop if you’re self-catering and looking for excellent wines, Irish tapas, cheeses and meats to serve at your own table.
Now you can even take a tour to meet some of West Cork’s best food producers with the Manning’s team. Check out Culture Kitchen to find out more!
|Location:||Ballylickey, Bantry, Co. Cork [N71 - Bantry to Glengarriff Road]|
|Opening Hours:||Daily, 9am-7pm|
|Winter Hours:||Closed Mondays|
|Tel:||00 353 (0)27 50456|
|Access to undercover area, however no bathroom facilities.|
|Special Dietary Requirements?||Vegetarian, options available. Wide variety of gluten-free speciality items.|
The Old Creamery in Kilcrohane is the newest place to eat along the Sheep’s Head Way!
Taste the fresh local food being dished up at The Old Creamery, and you’ll be getting a real flavour of life on the western edge of Europe. In this new family-run café and restaurant, sample wonderful local meats, fish and produce overlooking Dunmanus Bay. And you can even hire a bicycle to explore the peninsula and work off the effects of your indulgence!
The Old Creamery is the perfect place to eat if you’re exploring this unspoilt part of the world. It’s also building a reputation with walking groups whose members want to try the great local food produced along the Sheep’s Head peninsula.
The creamery building is also home to the Sheep’s Head Producers’ Market and Shop, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet local craftspeople, and bring home some of the lovely crafts and produce for which the area is building a great reputation.
You can even hire a bike here in case you want to work up an appetite before your lunch by taking a spin on the Sheep’s Head Way Cycle Route.
|Location:||Kilcrohane, The Sheep's Head peninsula, Co. Cork.|
|Opening Hours:||10:30am - 4pm, Wed to Sunday. Dinners Friday & Saturday, 7-9.|
|Tel:||00 353 (0)27 67139|
|Special Dietary Requirements?||Vegetarian, gluten-free, and 'no gluten containing ingredients' options available.|
It’s been dubbed ‘the tea shop at the end of the world’, and it’s the last spot to catch a cup of tea before you walk on to the lighthouse at the end of the Sheep’s Head peninsula.
Bernie Tobin has been running a tea shop at Tooreen where the road ends on the Sheep’s Head peninsula for many years. The Cupán Tae began life as a prefab, and Bernie served hot drinks and homemade scones to grateful walkers. The tea shop Bernie runs there now still serves the scones, legendary salmon sandwiches, and wonderful apple pie to people returning from the Lighthouse Loop Walk, or setting out on the return journey along the Sheep’s Head Way from Bantry.
At the Cupán Tae you’ll find walkers taking a well-earned rest, drivers enjoying the scenery of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, and cyclists, all gathered for a hot drop.
The views here at Tooreen are spectacular, and a walk out on the Lighthouse loop walk is highly-recommended.
The café, art gallery and butter house museum at the Black Gate in Kilcrohane celebrates the crafts, history, and walks of the Sheep’s Head peninsula.
The old butter house building at the Black Gate dates from the 1890s. It was once a busy trading centre for the people from the north and west of the peninsula who were able to sell home-produced butter and eggs there.
In 1968, English-born artist Alice West bought and restored the building as a rural craft museum. For many years, the Black Gate museum served as her home, but it was also open to the public. Alice was an enthusiastic patron of traditional music and a mentor to young people who Alice encouraged to learn craft skills in her basement workshop.
On her death, Alice West bequeathed the Black Gate to the community. Today, many of her paintings, and examples from her collection of rural antiquities are on display in the recently-renovated building.
The Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork is home to the Sheep’s Head Way walking route, spectacular scenery and unspoilt countryside. The Alice West Centre at the Black Gate is ideally situated as part of your walk or driving tour whilst also being a worthwhile destination in itself.
Call in for tea, coffee, snacks and Wi-Fi. With outstanding views across Dunmanus Bay, the Alice West Centre provides a welcoming venue to visitors and locals alike. Regular events include storytelling, traditional dancing and craft demonstrations.
Heron Gallery showcases the work of Annabel Langrish, as well as a unique and unusual collection of objet d’art, prints and original artwork.
Annabel’s compelling paintings focus on the diversity of the wildlife that surrounds us here on the Sheep’s Head peninsula. The gallery’s gardens – designed with an artist’s eye – are a great spot to enjoy the gorgeous, wholesome local food you’ll find in the gallery’s café.
The new café in the gallery serves Fairtrade organic coffee and teas, delicious scones and cakes, and, in summer, simple, wholesome lunches using locally-sourced organic produce. There is a lovely sunny terrace for those precious sunny days and free Wi-Fi can be accessed both inside and outside.
Heron Gallery Gardens
Our garden is open from April to the end of August. Visitors to the gallery and café are welcome to wander around and, if we get advance notice, we can prepare a slow food picnic that you can bring with you.
The organic gardens are informal, with colourful flower beds radiating out from a pond and pergola. There is a wildlife pond and walk around a large pond surrounded by wildflower meadow and young woodland.
We have planted an orchard of Irish heritage apples and you can see our 2 polytunnels and raised vegetable beds. We try to grow all the salads and vegetables we use in the café.
A path takes you up to the natural ridge area where there is a great view down Dunmanus Bay.
All visitors’ donations go towards our garden project which is to construct Ireland’s first barefoot path. Slowly, we are developing our idea for a path where you take off your shoes and experience mindful walking and connection with the earth through walking slowly with bare feet on different surfaces.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Children must be accompanied.
While the Heron Gallery in Ahakista is closed in the winter, you can see and buy Annabel’s work online, and in her Schull and Kinsale stores.
|Location:||Ahakista, Co. Cork.
Take the right fork in Durrus towards Sheep's Head. After Arundel’s Bar, turn right. We are 300 metres up the hill on the left.
|Opening Hours:||The gallery is open throughout the year, seven days a week.
The garden is open every day 10.30am to 5.00pm from Easter to end of August.
|Tel.||00 353 (0)27 67278|
|Special Dietary Requirements:||Coeliac-friendly. Vegetarian options.|
Box of Frogs is a new family-run coffee house and bakery in the centre of the harbour town of Bantry in West Cork.
We offer fresh roasted coffee served by trained baristas. Our cupcakes draw a loyal crowd. We also serve up freshly-baked breads, pastries, cakes, desserts, gourmet sandwiches, soup and salads each day.
We pride ourselves on making everything from scratch, from our coleslaw and roast chicken to our famous lemon meringue and banoffee pies.
The Box of Frogs has a great sense of fun, but we take our coffee and our barista training very seriously! We serve two types of freshly-ground coffee: a beautiful classic mix of ethically-sourced Arabica beans, and a punchy Italian blend.
We look forward to serving you fantastic coffee and delicious food with a smile!
|Location:||Bridewell Lane, Bantry, Co. Cork|
|Opening Hours:||Monday - Friday: 7am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
|Tel:||00 353 (0)83 156 1766 [Mobile]|
You’ll find great coffee and wonderful home-baking in The Stuffed Olive -a popular café in the heart of Bantry town.
Patricia Messom and her daughters Sarah and Grace make the most of wonderful local ingredients and traditional home-baking skills in this welcoming spot. Fresh local produce, bursting with flavour, is combined with influences from across the world to create tasty food and a warm atmosphere in this popular café.
A great selection of freshly-made salads, soups, savoury tarts and cakes are available throughout the day. Visitors often call in to buy treats for a picnic lunch, choosing from the fresh, handmade foods on offer as well as the speciality grocery items available here. Holiday-makers enjoy choosing from the Stuffed Olive’s range of handmade ready-to-go meals.
The Stuffed Olive launched its second cookbook in 2013, giving visitors a welcome chance to bring some of the flavours of West Cork home with them at the end of their stay.
|Location:||2a Bridge Street, Bantry, Co. Cork|
|Opening Hours:||Open Monday - Saturday, 8:03 - 6pm. Open all year. Closed Sundays.|
|Tel:||00 353 (0)27 55883|
|Special Dietary Requirements?||Vegetarian, gluten-free, and 'no gluten containing ingredients' options available.|
There are few nicer things to do in summer than enjoy tea and cake in the lovely surroundings of Bantry House tearoom after a stroll around the beautiful house and gardens.
The team serves light lunches and teas, daily soups and specials, as well as home-made cakes and scones. Traditional afternoon tea is also served, by appointment, in the library of Bantry House (Min. 24 hours’ notice. Booking essential: €25 per person/€30 with glass of prosecco, 2pm-5.30pm)
Bantry House is a wonderful heritage site, and the views across Bantry Bay and Whiddy Island aren’t to be missed when you’re making your trip to West Cork!
The house and its tearooms are open from Easter until the end of October each year, and each July the tearooms play host to ‘Meet the Writer’ events as part of the West Cork Literary Festival.
Organico is a vibrant Cafe that is at the heart of West Cork’s alternative food scene
Run by sisters Rachel and Hannah Dare with an energetic team of talented and friendly staff, Organico – which comprises a large and well-stocked Health Food Shop as well as the Cafe and a Bakery that specialises in healthy artisan baking – is a must for any foodie who visits West Cork.
The café’s welcoming and relaxed atmosphere makes it a popular destination with locals and visitors alike. Visit in July and August, and you’re likely to find yourself at a table next to writers and musicians from Bantry’s world-renowned chamber music and literary festivals.
Organico offers a full lunch menu, excellent coffee, great cakes and a large airy family friendly space with couches, toys and free WiFi. Don’t forget to stock up with local vegetables and organic treats in the shop on your way home!
According to John and Sally McKenna, “Organico is a vivid place. Everything in both the shop and the café pulses with energy, pulses with a sense of goodness, and creativity” (McKenna Guides 2014).
|Location:||2 Glengarriff Rd
Bantry, Co Cork.
|Opening Hours:||Shop, Mon-Sat: 9:15am - 6pm
Café, Mon-Sat: 9:30am - 5.30pm
|Tel:||00 353 (0)27 51391|
|Special Dietary Requirements?||Vegetarian & options with no gluten-containing ingredients.|