22 of the listed pubs are in RoI with eight in NI and they include Lisdoonvarna’s Wild Honey Inn in County Clare which made history earlier this month by becoming Ireland’s only Michelin-starred pub in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.
Having held a listing in the Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide since 2014, this year sees Morrissey’s in Doonbeg rise in status to become the only Bib Gourmand recipient listed. Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments offering good food at affordable prices of €40 (£28) or less for a three-course meal.
In overall terms, County Down leads the way with seven listings followed by Clare and Cork with four each and Kildare with three.
Dublin, Galway and Mayo each received two listings with Antrim, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford each having one listing.
The 2018 Guide listings:
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)
Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale)
Bull & Ram (Ballynahinch), 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)
Harte’s (Kildare),Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen)
The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport)
Hargadons (Sligo Town)
Lobster Pot (Carne).
Wild Honey Inn and Toddies at The Bulman in Kinsale both retained an ‘Inspectors’ Favourites’ commendation, described in the Guide as “establishments found to be particularly charming and which offer something extra special”.
Overall, the Guide recommends some 470 top dining pubs spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, of which 27 are new entries.
“This year we’ve seen so many pubs get a new lease of life by placing greater emphasis on food,” commented Guide editor Rebecca Burr (who also edits the famed Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland), “It’s great to see pubs being rejuvenated this way as they’re often the heartbeat of our towns and villages.”
The Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2018 is priced at €16.99, now available in bookshops and online at http://travel.michelin.co.uk/.