black pudding salads (¤7.95) to steak sandwiches with swiss cheese and red onion marmalade (¤8.95) and a huge selection of cakes and pastries. And for those who really, really must have some of that brack but can’t get to Clonmel, these days you can order it online. linguini are perfect for pescetarians, while baby back ribs and cracklin’ pork belly will keep meat lovers happy. If you come for lunch, pop next door to the Brown Hound for dessert.
ARD BIA AT NIMMOS
Spanish Arch, Long Walk, Galway, 091-561114, ardbia.com ¤¤ Forever getting rave reviews, and with good reason, Ard Bia at Nimmo’s is a gem of a place. The décor, the menus, the crockery, the food - everything is so pretty and inviting you’d be tempted to get a job there just so you can come back every day. Making the best of local ingredients with a dash of the Middle East in its delicate flavours, the silver hake with fennel and samphire or savoury baklava with beetroot, feta and pistachios are dinners to die for. At lunchtime, the grilled Five Mile Town goats cheese salad is a winner. And you absolutely have to stay for dessert.