Artisan Microbrewery located in Cork, producing a range of high quality Bottled and Draught Beers under the Historical Umbrella of both the Land Mark Public house the Cotton Ball (Est 1874) and its founder Humphrey J Lynch a character with links to the American civil war and cotton picking in Southern America.
Herbalist and forager Vivienne Campbell regularly does foraging walks from May through to October – they take place across Munster but Vivienne is a frequent visitor to Cork. For more details visit her website.
A fun, busy self-service café on the balcony overlooking the stalls and the main entrance to the famous old English market – the Balcony café at the Farmgate is a great spot to sit for a while and watch the bustling, colourful market down below. Great coffee, cakes and sandwiches.
Twin brothers Padraig and Adrian Hyde say they like to talk about beer as much as brew it. Almost. At their medal-winning Munster Brewery, the brothers welcome all parties, big and small, to the port town of Youghal, once home to the Elizabethan explorer, adventurer and beer-lover Sir Walter Raleigh.
In three locations around Cork, in the city on Adelaide Street, in Carrigaline and Crosshaven (where they have a restaurant) Hassetts are a long-standing, family run business with the emphasis on quality.
The setting is amazing. The Quays is on the harbour front in the historic port town of Cobh, famous as the gateway to America for countless thousands of Irish emigrants in the decades after the famine, and as the last port of call for the Titanic. Have a bite to eat and a drink here in the summer and watch the fishing boats and giant cruise liners dock in the harbour. You can reach Cobh by a short, scenic train line from Cork.