Arundels by the Pier
Shane and Fiona Arundel's bar and restaurant is one of the key instigators and players on the burgeoning food scene on the beautiful Sheep's Head peninsula, in deepest West Cork.
Over the last while, a cluster of impressive food and hospitality destinations and food and hospitality operators have sprouted up on this much-overlooked part of the county, and one hopes that the ability to stay and eat in interesting, creative locations will encourage people to linger longer when they visit. Places like Arundel's help to galvanise the scene, giving it a focus, adding to the impressive chorus.
They are helped, of course, by a drop-dead location – hard by the road just as you enter lovely little Ahakista, directly across from Dunmanus Bay – and to enjoy something delicious sitting outside on a sunny West Cork day is an experience that is hard to beat.
They serve bar food downstairs, whilst the restaurant is upstairs above the bar. There are good local mussels, there are Durrus farmhouse cheese fritters and that celebrated local food hero might turn up served with smoked haddock and baby potatoes. There is Dingle crab meat in a gratin, and cod with a herb crust.
There are fun nights celebrating French classics – poached eggs with sauce meurette; grilled tuna with sauce vierge; stuffed guinea fowl with a shallot jus. Do make sure to ask if there is something special that has just made its way in the door, then sit back and enjoy the service and the value and the spirit of the Sheep's Head.
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