Ireland is lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful coastal areas in Europe, and many of these are located in Cork. We have selected some locations that manage to combine fantastic scenery with even better food, and we hope you like them. There is a mix of delicious grab and go and fine dining below, so let us know what you think and where your favourite spots are around the country.
Probably one of this writer’s favourite places to eat, especially in the summer, Bunnyconnellan is truly a jewel nestled into the jagged coastline over which it looks. It is a stunning place to try some delicious food whilst taking in the magnificent vista lying before you. Roches Point is in the far distance, and on any given weekend in the summer months, you can watch the yacht races go by in front of you. The bread and butter pudding here is a must, as well as the fantastically creamy Murphy’s.
2. Cronins Bar
Not far from the previous location, Cronin’s Bar is an integral part of the town of Crosshaven. The bar itself is a throwback to previous generations as the walls are adorned with photos of boats from the nearby harbour, and the many trinkets that decorate the inside really add to the character of the place. The Mad Fish Restaurant is the food offering inside, and its selection of seafood is exquisite and has won numerous Irish food awards, so it is very much worth a try.
The beach that reveals itself in Inchydoney when the tide is out is beautiful and expansive, and a great place for a walk or a swim, if the weather is right! Sitting above the beach is the Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, and the Dunes Pub and Bistro is a great spot for a sandwich and a Guinness. You can watch the waves roll in here, whilst planning the rest of your day. This spot is worth it in the winter as well, as you regularly get strong shows of strength from the crashing waves in the wilder months.
4. Glandore Inn
A spot that I visited this past July for the first time, it left an impression on me so much so that I can’t wait to get back there. The sun was beating down and the seats near the road are the perfect spot to gaze over the glistening water. Cars and people battle here for priority as space is at a premium, but it adds to the buzz of this brilliant seaside establishment. On a hot day, wash your food down with a cold cider and you are set up very nicely for whatever is next.
Buried in the seaside town of Ballycotton, the Blackbird is a hive of energy, music and delicious food. It has an open area out the back that has been recently redesigned and is a great contrast to the cozy bar inside. Here, you order your food that can be enjoyed by the fire on a winter’s day, or in the sunshine during the summer. The Blackbird regularly has fantastic live music on, and is well worth checking on a regular basis to see who is playing.
6. Fishy Fishy, Kinsale
Kinsale has many spots that are great for anything from quick bites to fine dining. If you are into your seafood, Fishy Fishy is must for any travellers to Kinsale. You will pay more for the food here, but the price is reflected in the quality of the food and the setting. The restaurant is in the centre of the town, and a short hop from the sea wall. Martin Shanahan, chef and owner, is onto a winner here, and is very much deserving of all plaudits received.
7. Finders Inn, Nohoval
Whilst not technically near the seaside, Finders Inn had to be included purely because of their culinary offering and the atmosphere inside this little gem. Their menu is varied and well thought out, and the stout is fantastic. They also produce a range of soups and pates so you can enjoy their wares long after leaving this wonderful establishment. Also, Nohoval Cove is only a short drive away, so you can still fill your boots with seaside views that will take your breath away!