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Matt and Ted Lee's Guide to the Food Scene in County Cork, Ireland

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Photo: A seafood platter at Fishy Fishy Cafe

Drive south from Shannon airport on gradually narrowing roads, where greenswards ripple toward cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic, and you’ll find yourself...on the edge of the earth? No, at epicure central. Back in 1964, at her Ballymaloe House restaurant, in Cork City, Myrtle Allen proved that Irish farmhouse cooking could garner worldwide critical acclaim. Since then, Allen and her family have expanded their enterprise with a cooking school, more restaurants in Cork City, television shows, and many books—and West Cork has developed into a vibrant and tightly knit community of artisanal food producers.

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Inspired by: Culinary Delight in Ireland — by Matt Lee, Published Mar. 2008

Hotels (3)

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    Maritime Hotel, Ireland

    A minimalist glass structure nearly 200 yards long overlooking the Bantry Bay.

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    Glengarriff Lodge

    Ideal for a family reunion, this enormous thatched-roof stone house has undergone a six-year restoration by owner Alan Callender. The former huntin

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    Ballyvolane House

    Justin Green, the fourth generation of Greens to live at this enormous Italianate country property, runs the place with his wife, Jenny, in a comfo

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Restaurants (6)

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    O'Connor's Seafood Restaurant

    Simple, compelling preparations of fish and shellfish from local waters are owner Peter O'Brien's calling card. Book early as reservations go fast.

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    Moran's Oyster Cottage

    Just south of Galway, Ireland, on a weir beside a creek that runs into Galway Bay, this 18th-century tavern-all burnished wood and thatch-was immor

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    Gleesons Restaurant

    Chef Robert Gleeson's cooking is refreshingly simple and seductive, you'll see on the menu that the smoked haddock comes from Sally Barnes, the duc

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    Ard Bia

    This cozy, casual room turns out Galway's best local food, with global flourishes; house made ice creams are not to be missed.

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    Good Things Café

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    Fishy Fishy Café

Activities (9)

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    Manning's Emporium

    A stand stocked with West Cork cheeses: Ardrahan, Garrigaline, Coolea, Durrus, Gubbeen.

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    Edward Twomey Clonakilty Black Pudding Co.

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    Drombeg Stone Circle

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    Ma Murphy's

    Writers from the West Cork Literary Festival soak up local atmosphere at this classic pub.

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    Weir Bar

    A new-age bar in the Jury Cork hotel with plate glass and sleek iron fireplaces.

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    Rory Conner

    Rory Conner, an artisan cutler, has a studio crammed with rusty blade forms, drill presses, and grinders' wheels, carpeted with metal dust, and loo

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    Michelle Mitton Design Gallery

    A collection of works by West Cork ceramicists Sara Flynn and Mary Neeson, whose porcelain lanterns are like miniature Mariko Mori sculptures.

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    Lough Hyne

    The hike to the top takes a solid half-hour, but the vistas on the way up are worth it if the visibility is good.

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    An Teach Beag

    An ideal pub with traditional music and the feel of Old Ireland.

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