Who Are They?
Caitlin Ruth, chef and local hero at Deasy’s Harbour Bar & Seafood Restaurant in tiny harbour of Ring, just outside Clonakilty in West Cork.
Caitlin is originally from New Hampshire in the US, but has been a West Cork native for almost two decades.
What are they best known for?
Award-winning food served in one of the most characterful and classic pubs in West Cork. Caitlin creates a seafood-centric menu using the very best of the region’s ingredients. It’s cosy, casual fine-dining in a stunning location, looking out over a harbour that is still home to local fishing boats.
How Do They Do It?
Caitlin uses almost exclusively locally-grown ingredients, fish from nearby harbours, veg grown by local farmers and small-holders, beef, chicken and pork raised in the farms and fields you can actually see from the road outside the pub.
The chillies and tomatillos she uses come from local growers (you can grow practically anything in West Cork with a polytunnel). And for one of her signature dishes, local fish baked in banana leaves, Caitlin uses leaves from her own banana plants, which grow in her garden. West Cork is famous for having “micro-climates” (thanks to the nearby Gulf Stream and sheltering mountains) which allow many sub-tropical and tropical plants to grow almost wild. “Before I moved to West Cork, I had no idea you could grow banana plants here, but you can!” she says.
Have They Been Successful?
There have been many national and international accolades. The McKenna’s Guides’ people say their reaction every time they visit Deasy’s is; “This is the best thing I have eaten all year”,
What Is Their Philosophy?
Locally sourced and simply prepared (but often with ingredients you would normally find in Asian cooking). Presented in a casual, friendly setting.
What Does The Future Hold?
More and more people finding their way to her door. Deasy’s is a regular on the Michelin Good Food In Pubs Guide – one of only 30 or so gastropubs on the entire island of Ireland to make the grade. It’s about a 50 minute drive from Cork City and a great stopping off point if you are touring West Cork.
Can I Meet The Maker? Do they allow site visits, tours etc?
Everybody is welcome at Deasy’s – but they do operate on a seasonal basis so make sure to check ahead if you are not going in the late Spring or Summer.
Are They On Social Media?
You will find them on Facebook at Deasy’s Restaurant.
And Finally, What’s Their Pro-Tip When It Comes to Food, Drink or Entertaining?
Keep it simple – great produce with a light touch on fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.