Two popular Clare restaurants have retained their Michelin Star and Bib Gourmand status respectively in the new Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2019 just published.
They are the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna and Morrissey’s Seafood Bar and Grill in Doonbeg.
Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments that offer good food at affordable prices of €40 or less for a three-course meal.
With a history that dates from 1860, the Wild Honey Inn is owned and run by prominent chef Aidan McGrath and his partner Kate Sweeney. Refurbished in 2009, its food offering places emphasis on the French classical genre, using wild, local produce prepared and served in a refined bistro style.
A family run business now in its fourth generation, Morrissey’s Seafood Bar and Grill prides itself on fantastic food, atmosphere and hospitality, where both the beer and the cheer is on tap.
In total, 14 restaurants enjoy Michelin Star status in this years Guide. Others that hold their Michelin Star from previous years are the 2-star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and the 1-star Chapter One, L’Ecrivain and The Greenhouse in Dublin City and Heron & Grey in Blackrock village.
Elsewhere, other 1-star restaurants are Aniar and Loam (Galway City), Campagne and Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel (Kilkenny) and House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore (Waterford).
Three new additions this year – all in County Cork – are the Japanese restaurant Ichigo Ichie in Cork City Centre and two West Cork village restaurants – Mews in Baltimore and Chestnut in nearby Ballydehob.
In Northern Ireland, two Belfast restaurants – Eipic (Howard Street) and Ox (Oxford Street) – have also retained their Michelin Star status.