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Thirty Irish Pubs Feature In Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2018


Thirty Irish pubs spread across thirteen counties, north and south, are listed in the 2018 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ guide just published. Of the 22 pubs in the Republic of Ireland and eight in Northern Ireland, one is a new listing – Bull & Ram in Ballynahinch, Co. Down. Situated in an Edwardian butcher's shop, the Bull & Ram offers an imaginative, modern yet informal menu, showcasing the best of local, seasonal produce.

Lisdoonvarna’s Wild Honey Inn is Ireland’s only Michelin-starred establishment also to feature in this year’s guide. Earlier this month, the Co. Clare eatery made history by becoming the first Irish pub to be awarded a Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.

Having held a listing in the Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ guide since 2014, this year sees Morrissey’s in Doonbeg rise in status to become the only Bib Gourmand recipient listed in the guide. Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments offering good food at affordable prices of EUR40 (Stg£28) or less for a three-course meal.

In overall terms, County Down leads the way with seven listings followed by Clare and Cork with four each and Kildare with three. Dublin, Galway and Mayo each received two listings with Antrim, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford each having one listing. They are:

Antrim

Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne

Clare

Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay)

Cork

Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale)

Down

Bull & Ram (Ballynahinch), Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher’s Pocket (Comber), Parson’s Nose and Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough) Pier 36 (Donaghadee) and Balloo House (Killinchy).

Dublin

Old Spot and Chop House (both in Ballsbridge)

Galway

Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan) and O’Dowd’s (Roundstone)

Kildare

Harte’s (Kildare),Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen)

Leitrim

Oarsman (Carrick-on-Shannon)

Louth

Fitzpatricks (Jenkinstown)

Mayo

The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport)

Sligo

Hargadons (Sligo Town)

Tipperary

Larkins (Garrykennedy)

Wexford

Lobster Pot (Carne)

Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale) both retained an “Inspectors’ Favourites” commendation, described in the guide as ‘establishments found to be particularly charming and which offer something extra special’.

Produced by tyre manufacturer Michelin – this year’s guide recommends some 470 top dining pubs spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland of which 27 are new entries and all of which are selected, first and foremost, for the standard of their food.

Speaking at its launch, guide editor Rebecca Burr (who also edits the famed Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland) commented: “This year we have seen so many pubs get a new lease of life by placing greater emphasis on food. It’s great to see pubs being rejuvenated this way as they are often the heartbeat of our towns and villages.”

Published today, the Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ guide 2018 is priced at EUR16.99 (Stg £14.99) and is now available in bookshops and online at http://travel.michelin.co.uk/

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