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Your West Cork Holliers

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Your West Cork Holiday
Your West Cork Holiday
So, it is the middle of your 2008 summer West Cork sojourn, and the West Cork weather is doing just exactly what it is doing today: Force 6 gales, and rain. What to do? No problem: our little West Cork guide will provide you with both shelter and succour.

Skibbereen: the coffee shop in Field's supermarket is only excellent, and great for kids.
Around the corner, Siobhan has moved the excellent Kalbo's Bistro across the street from the original site, and it's another great place for families.
Just dow the street. Over the Moon will provide shelter and succour at both lunchtime and dinnertime We had a family dinner here recently and it was superb: Francois' cooking has control and flair in equal measure, and the only problem is in deciding what to eat, though the West Cork crab mayonnaise and the lamb with champ followed by the apple, rhubarb and ginger crumble is hard to beat.

Crookhaven: the cooking in the Crookhaven Inn is ace.

Bantry: a new fish restaurant will shortly be opening above the fish shop, with Richard, ex-Good Things Café, at the stove.
The best sandwiches in town are in The Stuffed Olive.
Organico, on the Glengariff Road, is fantastic for imaginative vegetarian cooking.

Durrus: Good Things Café is the cutting edge of West Cork cuisine.

Schull: the soups in Hackett's are the best, but don't overlook the quiet and peaceful Jagoes, at the top of the street: they make a fine bowl of soup in here also.

Ballydehob: we had the great ritual of a drink in Levis's bar and then dinner in Annie's just last week, and the cooking and the service in Annie Barry's iconic restaurant is on top form. As a delighted Sam McKenna put it: “You don't even have to order the garlic bread, it just comes straightaway!”

Castletownbere: Taste is now under new management and has moved premises in the town.

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