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Toddies Restaurant & Bulman Bar

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Toddie’s belongs in a league of vintage Irish pubs that do the good thing, and do it right. Whilst retaining a dated charm, the bar and restaurant are effortlessly chic. In the winter months, the place is a cozy escape; when the sun shines, it’s simply the height of bliss to be in Summercove. When Connie McKenna came to enjoy Pearse O’Sullivan’s food, this time in the Bulman Bar, everything was right on the mark – a great bowl of proper chowder; gnocchi with asparagus; the great half lobster with homemade mayo and green leaves; the great crab gratin, and perfect puddings: a splendid sticky toffee pudding and a spot-on creme brulée.

Upstairs, the food has the same confident, hit-the-target directness and deliciousness – Dublin Bay prawn soup with chilli and lemongrass; skewers of chicken with wasabi coleslaw; the classic lobster risotto; the classic rib-eye with Parmesan mash. Mr O’Sullivan keeps his head down and keeps himself in the kitchen, which explains why he isn’t better-known. But his cooking is bomb-proof in its consistency, its accuracy, its generosity, it's fluent embrace of flavours and textures. He knows exactly what you want to eat, and he delivers it, every time. Out front, Mary O’Sullivan delivers it to you with assured hospitality. Together, Mr and Mrs O'Sullivan are a great double act.

51.700077, -8.499509
Pearse and Mary O’Sullivan
Summercove, Kinsale, County Cork
+353 21 477 2131

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