In just a few short years, Feargal and Fiona O’Donnell have brought the Fatted Calf from just another Irish village pub serving food to a destination restaurant and bar. In the middle of picturesque Glasson village, it destroys the idea of pub grub with its impressive menu. Afterall, you’d be hard pressed to find artisan meat boards or sauces made with Bellingham blue cheese and marrow butter down in your local. The menu reads like a glossary of Irish food suppliers, with Castlemine Farm lamb, Jane Russell sausages, Gubeen chorizo, Lough Boura salad leaves, Lisduff black pudding, and more. John Stone beef makes multiple appearances, including 18-month air dried beef with horseradish cream and beetroot jelly. It’s a long way from a packet of Tayto and a pink Snack… They also have a good selection of craft beers.
41 South Mall, Cork, 021 4222 990, electrickcork.com ¤ Being all things to all people is a tough task, but it seems the Electric has made this its mission. In a large building alongside the Lee, the Electric has an incredibly busy bar downstairs with day and night bar menus. Upstairs there’s the main restaurant with hearty offerings such as Angus steaks, burgers and tagines. But the best fun happens in the fish bar, a wonderful white-tiled room with marble counters looking down onto the river. It serves wine by the glass and standards such as oysters, crab claws and ceviche, or the more unusual offerings of haddock koftas, calamari laksa and monkfish