Once you have been to visit the city of Cork, it will be easy to see why the city is often referred to as the food capital of Ireland. While Cork has had its fair share of history, nowadays its vivacity and liveliness helps to blanket the city in fun, warmth and a great atmosphere.
A city break here certainly wouldn’t be out of the question either; with plenty of cheap hotels in Cork from Travelodge, you can enjoy a visit without overstretching the purse strings. There’s a reason why it’s considered to be so high up the Irish food chain – from farmers markets to fine dining meals, the culinary prowess that can be found in and around the city is extensive.
In the centre of town, just off Patrick Street, you will find a multitude of fantastic eateries, while French Church Street and Carey Lane both provide a great selection of cafes and restaurants that will suit all budgets and palates. Restaurants that certainly warrant a reservation include The Cornstore, which dishes up some top quality steaks and seafood while, if you’re up for the drive, the Michelin-starred The House in Ardmore, just across the border in County Waterford, offers up some incredible fine-dining fare which would be perfect for that special meal.
Remember that, when visiting the city of Cork, it’s not just what can be found within its city limits that will impress you – it’s what is waiting for you on the outside, too. Head west and you will find some superb gastropubs that provide a homely welcome with some excellent food on the menu. There’s nothing better than sitting down to an exceptionally prepared meal as you look out over the County Cork countryside. The Poacher’s Inn, in Innishannon (just 20 minutes away from the hubbub of the city), comes particularly recommended, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
During your visit, be sure to check out the farmers markets in the city; the English Market sells a vast array of local produce, including meat, fish and artisan cheeses. Don’t forget to sample some of the local delicacies too – tripe, crubeens and drisheen are traditional savouries that should be tried at least once!
Bask in the atmosphere, the joviality and the rich heritage that this city provides with a perfectly-timed break to Cork.
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