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. After all, you’d be hardpressed 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 Irish and internationalcraft beers.
West Gate , Irish Town, Clonmel, 052-612 1587, hickeysbakery.com, ¤ Clonmel establishment Hickey’s Bakery has four generations worth of flour and butter under its fingernails. Nestled beside the town’s historic West Gate, the bakery, famed for its award-winning barm brack, is making a name for its cute country-style café out front.
With its large windows – where you can watch the people on the street and the sheep on the hills – Nuala Hickey has transformed the traditional “fancy bakery” far beyond breads, with an extensive lunch menu of good Irish country cooking (the Aga is still in regular use) with a modern kick; from Inch House