Fancy a great breakfast of organic free range eggs, locally produced bacon and sausages and butcher’s black pudding? How about a feast of fish, fresh from the waters of the Atlantic? Maybe your bag is a gourmet dinner of artisan produce, cooked by a top chef. Whatever your culinary penchant, you’ll find it all in Cork restaurants. Here is Ireland’s flagship food region, with a gourmet reputation among the finest in Europe.
So whether you are eating a simple bar food lunch, or a formal five course dinner, you will find the food in Cork fresh, wholesome and flavoursome, and served in pleasant surroundings with flair and generosity. Look out for The Fuchsia Brand and other local food brands.
The English Market is a must see. Established in 1788 in Cork city centre, you will find under its roof that famous tripe and drisheen stall, skilful, long standing family butchers selling their own farm reared meats, an array of fresh fish and shellfish, great baking and artisan breads, Irish charcuterie and farmhouse cheeses. It’s impossible to go away empty handed! Grab lunch too, anything from a designer handmade sausage in a bun to a serious sandwich, or visit the market’s famous Farmgate Café. HM Queen Elizabeth II visited the English Market on May 21st 2011.
And it's not just the restaurants and food markets that are worth a visit. Cork is home to a number of food festivals during the year, so there's no excuse to feel hungry when you are visiting Cork.