Eating & Drinking in Cork

Cork's English Market

I’m just back from Cork, had a great weekend and naturally, eating and drinking was the focus of my visit there. I’ve been hearing about the English Market for years, saw Rick Stein heaping praise on it and including it in his “Food Heroes” series. All I can say is “wow”. If this market was in Dublin, I’d be in there every day, it really is something special.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t purchase any perishables as we were travelling back to Dublin on the Sunday when the market is closed, but we did treat ourselves to an excellent sausage sambo and some choccies from “The Chocolate Shop”. All delicious. We were tempted by the Farmgate Café upstairs but we weren’t really that hungry and there was a huge queue. Hence the sausage sambo.

Anyhoo, we picked two great Cork restaurants for dinner on the Friday and Saturday nights. Both do “French”. Both are at the upper end of Cork’s price range. But, one restaurant offered significantly better value and delivered one of the best meals we’ve had in the last year. Reviews to follow…

Review: Augustine’s
Review: Les Gourmandises

3 Responses to “Eating & Drinking in Cork”

  1. 1 Val May 27, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Hi Conor
    I’m so envious of the English market and would love to have something like that in LK. Also I’ve been to Farmgate in Middleton, what a perfect mix of no fuss food and yet painfully hip everything

  2. 2 Will May 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

    The English market is pretty good alright. My favourite stall in there is the sandwich shop (down the end of the fish area), which makes the tastiest sandwiches in Ireland and possibly the world. Looking forward to the restaurant reviews.


  3. 3 Conor May 27, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Val – didn’t realise the Farmgate was like a mini Cork franchise. Sounds a bit like Avoca, always painfully hip.

    Will – I know that sandwich stall you’re talking about, it looked great. We drooled over it for a little while but our choice of lunch was dictated by the amount of wine we drank the previous night.

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