Karen and Myles and their brilliant crew have it all down to a fine art in the welcoming Stonecutters Kitchen, up the steep hill above pretty little Doolin. In particular, Stonecutters excels in offering dishes that are familiar to the hungry customers who turn up here, but which the kitchen serves with its own twist. Simple things like fishcakes, and lentil burgers, and fish and chips, need to be done well, and here owners Karen and Myles anchor the cooking with excellent sourcing – lots of the best County Clare artisan foods – and by doing smart stuff like making sure the salad leaves are crisp and fresh, that the beef and Guinness stew is hearty and welcoming, that the bread and butter pudding is rich, that the ice creams for the youngsters are made nearby – on the Flaggy Shore! – by the brilliant Linnalla company. Actually, don’t just leave those ice creams to the kids: they are ace.
Put the cooking and the service and the atmosphere in a century-old stone cottage, and you have a real winner, another of those idiosyncratic, quixotic and charming ventures that form the backbone of the hospitality culture of County Clare.
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