Welcome to the Gourmet Capital of Ireland – CORK!
Beatrice De Caro, our wonderful intern recently discovered for herself why Cork is indeed the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Beatrice has reviewed some of her favourite dining spots close by the school. Why not check them out for yourselves when you get to Cork!
“Of all the great things you can do in Cork, the best one is… eating out! Coming from Italy, where we are probably pretty spoiled when it comes to good food and we tend to have prejudices towards Northern Europe’s food, I didn’t really have high expectations about “Irish cuisine”. Very soon I had to change my mind and I was incredibly surprised by all the great restaurants I found in Cork. It turns out that Cork is in fact the “Capital Food of Ireland”, home to a host of award-winning bars and restaurants.
You could start your day with a cup of tea and a delicious scone (my favourites!) at the Farmgate café, inside the English Market, or for the more daring ones, you could try a full Irish breakfast. At the Farmgate café you can also have lunch, just remember they close at five! Everything is made with products sourced locally and, while there, you can also experience the lively atmosphere of the English markets looking down on the stalls. For lunch, there is a very wide choice for eateries. You could go to a pub, where you can enjoy traditional meals such soups, pies, Irish stew, fish and chips or great sandwiches and toasts. Most of the pubs stop serving food at 4pm, except the very popular Oliver Plunkett, where they also serve food every night.
Make sure you also go to a tea room and try some of their wonderful cakes, like Tara’s tea room in McCurtain Street, where you could have your lunch or an amazing afternoon tea. If you want to spend a nice evening enjoying excellent food, chatting with your friends while having a drink, you could go to El Vino, where you can also find Spanish-style dishes, tapas and very good wine or Salt, in Victoria Road, to have a taste of French cuisine. In Oliver Plunkett Street you can find Elbow Lane and Market Lane, run by the same owners, where you can have delicious, high-quality (and also affordable!) food and the beer they brew. Talking about good beer, you could also go to the Franciscan Well, have a tour of the brewery, then enjoy one of their beers and get an authentic Italian pizza. So.. enjoy Cork and buon appetito”.
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