Karen and Myles and their crew have all the details of deliciousness down to a fine art in the welcoming Stonecutters Kitchen, up the steep hill above pretty little Doolin.
Stonecutters excels in offering dishes that are familiar, 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 Karen and Myles anchor the cooking with excellent sourcing – they use 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 this smart, friendly, super-tasty cooking and great, warm service and a friendly, felicitous 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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