Two Clare restaurants retain culinary status

Two Clare restaurants retain culinary status


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

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.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.