Tip #3 Cronin’s in Crosshaven
Cronin’s is not only a great Irish pub, they also serve delicious seafood in their restaurant, the
Mad Fish. When there’s a crowd in Cronin’s, the atmosphere and the craic is guaranteed. Craic, by the way, is a word you will hear a lot in Ireland- it’s the Irish/Gaelic word for fun.
Tip #4 Kinsale restaurants
Kinsale is famous for its many great restaurants and eateries. My personal favourites…? Bruno’s Italian restaurant is much-loved by locals, as much for its authentic Italian food as for its fun, relaxed atmosphere and beautiful décor.
The Black Pig does an exquisite selection of tapas, with a vast selection of wines to choose from. And you will love the buzzy, feel-good atmosphere. The guide book Georgina Campbell voted it the best wine bar in Ireland in 2014.
Tip #5 Kinsale pubs
Kinsale, where I live and do my English coaching, is famous not only for its restaurants but also for its wonderful pubs. So I think I should introduce you to 5 of my favourites…
#1. The Greyhound, in French Le Lévrier. The Greyhound is a beautiful old pub just beside the colourful Market Lane. In the winter, fires provide a cosy atmosphere, and in the summer people drink out on the street enjoying the long evenings.
#2. The Tap – Le Robinet. The Tap is a Kinsale institution. A great place for a quiet drink in front of the fire. It’s possibly the smallest pub in Cork- it’s as if the owners Mary & Brian have invited you into their living room.
#3. Dalton’s is a great spot to enjoy a pint. The fire will be on if the weather is cold and they often have ‘trad’ sessions on Monday nights. And if there’s a rugby match on, there’s always a crowd of locals in there.
#4. The Spaniard – l’Espagnol– is a short walk from the town centre, and it’s very popular with the locals. The Spaniard has a wonderful old décor, with fires burning at both ends, and sometimes they have live trad music.
#5. The Bulman in Summercove village, just below Charles Fort. The Bulman has probably the most stunning location in Kinsale. In the summer, people drink outside in front of the pub and watch the sun go down. They also have a delicious lunch menu and a fab restaurant upstairs overlooking the water. For a memorable evening in Kinsale, The Bulman is hard to beat !
Tip #6 The Cliffs at the Old Head of Kinsale
10 minutes west of Kinsale, you will find the spectacular cliffs at the Old Head. And if golf is your sport, the Old Head golf links, right on the cliffs, was voted the most spectacular golf links in the world by Links magazine. All in all, the Old Head peninsula is well worth a visit.