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All the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland. A local guide to local places.

Paul McDonald puts a lot of graft into every single plate of food they send out from the kitchen in Bastion, a landmark building in the centre of Kinsale where Mr McDonald’s culinary confidence has grown steadily over the last four years. Cauliflower will be caramelised to perfection. Quinoa will be transformed into a cracker. Mushrooms will become a crumble. Gin will be reborn as a granola. He’s a very cheffy chef who relishes the graft and the hours in the kitchen, aiming not just for culinary transformation, but for culinary transubstantiation – he wants to cook for the Gods. So, order a glass of prosecco, nibble on the signature Guinness sourdough to start, let Helen Noonan take care of you, and go with the flow with smart and well-judged tasting menus.

Main Street, Kinsale, Co Cork

Ireland the Best 100 Places

NEW! Ireland the Best 100 Places

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John and Sally McKenna have selected 100 extraordinary Places throughout Ireland that epitomize what is unique and entrancing about the beautiful island of Ireland.

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More along the Cork coast

Burgatia, Rosscarbery, & 42 Ashe Street, Clonakilty
South Square, Rosscarbery, Co Cork
Durrus, County Cork
Bridge Street, Bantry
Main Street, Ballinspittle, Cork
Main Street, Schull, West Cork

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