Blair’s Inn is the real thing, says Joe McNamee. As a country pub and restaurant, it has “the kind of ambience advertising creatives trade souls with the devil to recreate, but there’s simply no substitute for the real thing”.
The cooking is the real thing, too: Cromane mussels with white wine and garlic; tian of O Crualaoi’s corned beef and cabbage; duck with potato and herb stuffing; a good Angus steak. The wine list is excellent, as are the craft beers, and how marvellous to see a thriving Irish country pub, doing the good thing everywhichway. The real thing, everywhichway.