A Pub, is a Pub, is a Pub! It does not need to spend a fortune on a makeover to serve good food, nor does it have to lose it's charm as a pub by turning itself completely into a restaurant either!
The proof of this statement, is in the fact that 34 Pubs from all over Ireland (the Republic and Northern Ireland) that serve food, are included in the new Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide for 2014 published today.
Of the 27 pubs listed in the Republic, five are new entries: Byrne & Woods, Roundwood, Co Wicklow; The Tavern, Murrisk, Co Mayo; Fallon’s , Kilcullen, Co Kildare; Linnane’s Lobster Bar, New Quay, Co Clare; and Morrissey’s, Doonbeg, Co Clare.
Of the 7 pubs listed in Northern Ireland, Lisbarnett House in Comber is a new entry.
Rebecca Burr, Editor of the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide for 2014, said that "all the pubs and bars had been rigorously inspected by a team of full-time inspectors. These are the same team of inspectors who produce the Michelin Restaurant Guide."
“Chefs looking to open their own place without having to spend huge amounts of money are also finding pubs to be the perfect choice. And with such skills in the kitchen, these pubs in turn are becoming great training schools for the next generation of chefs", she said.
"Hopefully we can now all stop using the term "Gastropub" added Ms Burr. "Many of the establishments in this guide are tradtional pubs playing their part in the community. A pub doesn't need a modern makeover to serve good food, nor does it have to transform itself into a restaurant".
Here is the Full List of Pubs in Ireland in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide for 2014, with Links.
Grace Neill’s (Donaghadee)
Pier 36 (Donaghadee)
The Parson’s Nose (Hillsborough)
The Plough Inn (Hillsborough)
An Súgan (Clonakilty)
Deasy’ Harbour Bar (Clonakilty)
Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale)
Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor)
Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna)
Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay)
Crockets on the Quay (Ballina)
The Tavern (Murrisk)
Cronin's Sheebeen (Westport)
Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan)
O’Dowd’s Seafood Bar (Roundstone)
O’Neill’s The Point Seafood Bar (Caherciveen)
QC’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar (Caherciveen)
Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace)
Fallon’s Bar & Cafe (Kilcullen)
The Chop House (Ballsbridge)
The Oarsman Bar & Restaurant (Carrick-on-Shannon)
Fitzpatricks Bar & Restaurant (Jenkinstown)
Hargadons Bar & Restaurant (O’Connell Street, Sligo)
Larkins Music Pub & Restaurant (Garrykennedy)
The Fatted Calf (Glasson)
The Lobster Pot (Carne)
Byrne & Woods Restaurant & Bar (Roundwood)
Congrats to everyone involved!