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Published on : Friday, November 22, 2013
All pubs that make the publication are rigorously inspected by the full-time Michelin team.
County Down in Northern Ireland tops the table of counties with the most pubs making an entry, with seven establishments in ‘St Patrick’s county’ leaving the Michelin reviewers licking their lips.
They are the Pheasant (Annahilt), Coyle’s (Bangor), Lisbarnett House (Comber), Grace Neill’s and Pier 36 (both in Donaghadee) and the Parson’s Nose and Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough).
At the other end of the country Cork also lived up to its reputation as the food capital of Ireland with six standout pubs: Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), the Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), An Súgan and Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven), and Toddies at The Bulman Bar (Kinsale).
In the wild west of Ireland County Clare has four entries: Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay); three Mayo pubs impressed the reviewers, with Crockets on the Quay (Ballina), The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport); in Galway Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan) and O’Dowd’s (Roundstone) all successful, while Hargadons (O’Connell Street, Sligo) represents County Sligo.
Counties Kerry (O’Neill’s Seafood Bar and QC’s both in Caherciveen) and Kildare (Ballymore Inn in Ballymore Eustace and Fallon’s in Kilcullen) both have two pubs apiece.
Also included in the 2014 Guide are the Chop House (Ballsbridge in Dublin), Oarsman (Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim), Fitzpatricks (Jenkinstown in Louth), Larkins (Garrykennedy in Tipperary), Fatted Calf (Glasson in Westmeath), Lobster Pot (Carne in Wexford), and Byrne & Woods (Roundwood in Wicklow).
Grace Neill’s in Northern Ireland, in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest bar in Ireland, secured an ‘Inspector’s Favourite’ commendation, as did three pubs in the Republic of Ireland: the Wild Honey Inn, Deasy’s and Toddies at The Bulman.
‘Eating out in Pubs’ editor, Rebecca Burr, said: “Many of the establishments in this guide are traditional pubs playing their part in the community.”