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. wings – and of course pizzas, which are thin crusted and come with some interesting topping combos, such as their pancetta, goats cheese, maple syrup and walnut pizza. Everything on the menu is available gluten-free, and the Narnia-inspired bathrooms (you reach them by walking through an antique wardrobe) are a big hit with kids big and small.
West Gate , Irish Town, Clonmel, 052-612 1587, hickeysbakery.com, ¤ There’s a great brunch menu on Saturdays and breakfast throughout the week from 8.15am .
41 South Mall, Cork, 021 4222 990, electrickcork.com ¤