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10th May 2019

If you’re heading to Cork, get to these eateries for the best of Irish food

Louise Carroll

Brought to you by MINI Ireland. 

As told by blogger and foodie buff Colin Harmon.

After all, he knows his good food. If you haven’t yet been, get to his 3fe coffee hub named Daniel (on Clanbrassil Street in Dublin). If you love a good toastie, you’re in for a treat.

We’ve also teamed up with MINI Ireland to try and discover the best of Ireland when it comes to food, culture and activities, getting help from those in the know, like Colin. It’s to celebrate the joys of discovering new things AND MINI’s 60 years of helping us do just that.

MINI is also giving ‘48 hours in a MINI‘ to anyone who’d like to discover their range and make spinning around all the more enjoyable. (Hurrah!)

So although Colin has lived in Dublin most of his life, he was indeed born in cork “in what used to be a small town on the outskirts of the city called Carrigaline.”

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So, having lots of love for the beautiful county that is Cork and all it’s foodie produce, here’s where we need to get to.

The English Market

“I still vividly remember the short drive into the city to visit The English Market with my mother and dancing in the streams and puddles flowing from the fish counters while she rummaged around the fruit stalls and butcher counters.

“One of the gems of the market is the Farm Gate Restaurant – perched on the balcony overlooking the market and sourcing nearly all of its offering from the stalls below.

“It’s not complicated food, just really fresh, simple and seasonal. A real example of what good Irish food should be.”


“Around the corner on Caroline Street you’ll find the institution that is Idaho, run by Mairéad and Richard Jacob. Their breakfasts are legendary in the city and they are fastidious about the produce they use, even growing some on their own land outside the city.”

The old favourites and Fishy Fishy

“If you’re going to drive to Cork you have to take a spin out to Kinsale – the original culinary destination in Ireland.

“All the old favourites like Man Friday, The Blue Haven and The Black Pig are still going strong but my favourite place to pop into is Fishy Fishy. A really great selection of freshly caught fish run by the always affable Martin Shanahan awaits.”

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