The O’Crowley family has owned this characterful bar and restaurant since 1979: it’s always been a friendly, well-run place and, although it can be very busy at times, their reputation for good food is generally well-deserved.
An Sugan is known nationally as a seafood destination and, from the outset, the emphasis has been on providing fresh local food, simply cooked - and in generous portions.
There are daily changes to both the lunch and evening menus, depending on the fresh deliveries of fish and seafood which come both from the major ports like Union Hall, Bantry Castletownbere and Dingle, and from individual local fishermen, such as Sean and Eddie Harrington at Ring, just outside Clonakilty.
The choice of fish and seafood is extensive – over half of the dozen or so dishes on the all-day menu will typically be seafood (plus blackboard specials, which highlight the fish of the day) and a similar proportion on the evening menu, which offers some dressier versions of the daytime dishes and includes some prime ingredients such as scallops and lobster. A 2/3 course early dinner menu includes less fish but offers very good value.
Many customers just drop in a for a bowl of homemade seafood chowder served with the house brown bread, or perhaps the fresh salmon and shrimp parfait, wrapped in Union Hall smoked salmon (which may also be served simply with homemade bread, or in other dishes).
Fresh prawn scampi and the An Sugan seafood pie are both very popular too, while evening fish specials could include a choice of ten or more, ranging from hake on a bed of leek & potato mash to lobster An Sugan (fresh lobster flamed in a brandy & tomato sauce).
If you’re not in the mood for seafood there is plenty to choose from - you might try a starter made with the famous Clonakilty black pudding, and a prime Irish sirloin steak.
Desserts include old favourites like Chocolate marquise and banoffee pie, and a balanced and fairly priced wine list includes ten house wines, all available by the glass.
Seats 42 (private room, 40); Food served 12-9.30 daily; L12-2, D 5-9.30. Value L €10, 12-2pm. Set Sun L about €28, Set 2/3 course D €25/35, also A la carte. House wine from €18. Service discretionary. Reservations recommended; children welcome (high chair, children's menu, baby changing facilities). No private parking. Closed 25/26 Dec & Good Fri.
Just along from An Sugan is their beautiful guesthouse, which has recently been re-opened after having been extended and completely renovated. The guesthouse is located in a Georgian property adjacent to the bar and restaurant. The building is of great historical significance in Clonakilty as it was the home of Mary Jane Irwin, the poetess and wife of the Fenian, O’Donavan Rossa. During their time here, the O’Donovan Rossa’s entertained many notable people including Charles Stewart Parnell who is said to have made a speech from one of the bedroom windows.
It is a lovely old house and the amount of TLC dev