Blair’s Inn is a rural pub, in Cloghroe, Blarney, north-west of Cork city, beside the Owenagearra river. In summertime, the riverbank patio garden is a riot of colour and life, flowers and a most superior take on barbecued food. Stepping through the front door, into the softly lit, low-ceilinged bar, into the warm caress of heat from the real fire, a friendly greeting, locals sinking tea-time pints of stout, well … it’s the kind of ambience advertising creatives trade souls with the devil to recreate. But there’s simply no subsitute for the real thing, and Blair’s Inn is the real thing.
Duncan and Richard don’t appear to have received the message that these are supposedly the dying days for the Traditional Irish Pub. Instead, they are forging ahead with a dynamic mix of great hospitality and some fantastic cooking, smartly sourced food cooked with real verve and soul, great beers and wines, and terrific service brings everything together. Blair’s Inn is the real thing.