Rolf's Country House
Rolf’s has come a long way from its inception in 1980, when Rolf and Gertrude Haffner first opened their doors to guests in a pretty space in pretty Baltimore, West Cork. Back then, Rolf’s operated primarily as a hostel, and today the accommodation, whilst still simple, is simply lovely: comfortable, cloistered, calm, a beautiful place in which to find yourself at any time of the year. Happily, the rooms are just as much fun as the cooking in their cosy restaurant, where the true strength is to be found in the Mittel-European specialities that Johannes Haffner really savours. Mr Haffner found an early inspiration in the great chef Anton Mosimann, a figure almost forgotten now, but who was a towering influence in the food world in the 1980’s, and a chef who insisted on correctness and discipline, and attention to detail. Mr Haffner has taken those mantras on board, and it means that simple things cooked here – such as their stroganoff, for instance – will be as good a dish as you will get anywhere in Europe. Together, Johannes and his sister, Frederike, bring great charm and humour to Rolf’s, which is why the locals eat here as well as the tourists. Rolf's is simply a great stay-over on the Wild Atlantic Way, with charismatic cooking in a characterful restaurant bringing the day's adventures happily to an end.
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