Sol y Sombra
In early 2017, Sol y Sombra won the award for Best Wine Experience in Kerry, at the annual Restaurants Association of Ireland Awards.
This wasn’t the first win for Cliodhna Foley’s iconic Killorglin restaurant, however.
It wasn’t even the second.
In fact, the 2017 award was the third success in a row for Sol y Sombra.
How do you achieve something like that?
Simple. You have to offer your customers the whole culture of the world of wine. You need to offer your customers tastings, and tasters. You need to change and adapt and keep on learning, because the wine world keeps on changing. You need to be able to advise, and you need to be able to match your wines to your foods.
in other words: stand still, and you’re dead. Or, at least, you aren’t picking up the prize for the third years in a row.
The Sol y Sombra wine list is a beauty. It’s capacious, yet concise. There are wines by the glass, gorgeous sherries, great value for money, and wines they import themselves.
And, of course, everything else in Sol y Sombra is as good as the wine list. The tapas are imaginative, the evening menu is filled with smart, sassy dishes, there are beautiful cocktails, service is ace, and you enjoy all of this in a charismatic old church. For more than ten years, Sol y Sombra has made Killorglin a little part of Spain in Kerry. It’s a gem.
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