Which Irish pubs are best to eat in according to Michelin guide?

Co Down has highest number of establishments listed in the 2016 eating out guide

Thirty-two Irish pubs in 15 counties north and south of the border have been recommended by the the 2016 Michelin Eating Out In Pubs guide.

The guide lists 590 pubs across the Republic, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales for the quality of their food.

Co Down leads the field with six pubs listed in the guide, followed by Cork with five, Clare with four and Kildare with three. Dublin, Galway and Mayo each received two listings, while Antrim, Kerry, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow each had one listing.

Some 25 pubs in the Republic made the list with two new entries – Old Spot in Ballsbridge, Dublin and Harte’s in Kildare. In Northern Ireland seven pubs are in the 2016 guide with one new entry from Co Down, Ballo House in Killinchy.


Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna and Toddies at The Bulman in Kinsale both received an Inspectors Favourites commendation and are described in the guide as “establishments found to be particularly charming and which offer something extra special”.

Rebecca Burr who edited the guide noted that the demand for good quality food in the relaxed setting of a local pub is still rising.

“More and more pubs are serving flexible all-day menus – incorporating breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea,” said Ms Burr. “The pub industry should be congratulated for moving with the times.”

The Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide is now available in bookshops.


Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne


Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay)


Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale)


Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher’s Pocket (Comber), Parson’s Nose and Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough) Pier 36 (Donaghadee) and Balloo House (Killinchy).


Old Spot and Chop House (both in Ballsbridge)


Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan) and O’Dowd’s (Roundstone)


O’Neill’s Seafood Bar (Caherciveen)


Harte’s (Kildare),Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen)


Oarsman (Carrick-on-Shannon)


Fitzpatricks (Jenkinstown)


The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport)


Hargadons (Sligo Town)


Larkins (Garrykennedy)


Lobster Pot (Carne)


Byrne & Woods (Roundwood).

Sorcha Pollak

Sorcha Pollak

Sorcha Pollak is an Irish Times reporter and cohost of the In the News podcast