Some 32 Irish pubs spread across 15 counties, both north and south, have secured listings in this year’s edition, of which 25 are in RoI.
In Northern Ireland, amongst the seven pubs listed is one new entry from County Down – Balloo House (Killinchy).
In overall terms, County Down leads the way with six listings followed by Cork with five, Clare with four and Kildare with three.
Dublin, Galway and Mayo each received two listings with Antrim, Kerry, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow each having one listing.
The 32 are:
Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne
Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay)
Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale)
Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher’s Pocket (Comber), Parson’s Nose and Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough) Pier 36 (Donaghadee) and Balloo House (Killinchy).
Old Spot and Chop House (both in Ballsbridge)
Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan) and O’Dowd’s (Roundstone)
O’Neill’s Seafood Bar (Caherciveen)
Harte’s (Kildare),Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen)
The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport)
Hargadons (Sligo Town)
Lobster Pot (Carne)
Byrne & Woods (Roundwood).
Lisdoonvarna’s Wild Honey Inn and Toddies at The Bulman in Kinsale both received an ‘Inspectors’ Favourites’ commendation, described in the Guide as ‘establishments found to be particularly charming and which offer something extra-special’.
This year’s Guide recommends some 590 pubs spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland of which 60 are new entries and all of which are selected, first and foremost, for the quality of their food.
Noting that there continues to be a demand for good quality food in the relaxed setting of the local pub, Guide Editor Rebecca Burr (who also edits the famed Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland) comments, “More and more pubs are serving flexible all-day menus – incorporating breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea. The pub industry should be congratulated for moving with the times.”
The Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2016 is now available in bookshops and online priced at €17.99.