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Restaurant Review: An Sugan, Clonakilty

photoWest Cork is such a beautiful place with the most astounding vistas but you know that. I was down at the Fiddlefair in Baltimore at the weekend and although it was really nippy, the music and setting made up for it. On my way down I stopped off in Clonakilty for some lunch and popped into An Sugan Seafood Bar and Restaurant.

An incredibly twee place, it has a cosy atmosphere and an old world charm that instantly makes you feel like you’re on holiday which was exactly what I was after. The barman was eccentric to say the least and as mad as a bottle of crisps – muttering to himself and then suddenly bursting into song.

Some of the dishes were a bit pricey and clearly aimed at the tourist trade. The all-day menu is served from 12 until 5.30. You can get Moules Mariniers, Bantry Bay Mussels steamed in a White Wine, Cream and Shallot Sauce for €11.90, Fresh Seafood Pie with salad and a Honey Mustard Dressing for €16.95 and Fresh Prime Fish of the day on a bed of Spring Onion and Bacon Mash with a Lemon Butter Sauce for €22.90.

However, there is value if you just pop in for lunch. The really generous An Sugan toasted special includes Bacon, Roundtower cheese, onion and tomato for €6.50. I had the Creamy Seafood Chowder served with home-made nutty brown bread. At €6.95, it was well worth it and full of delicious fresh fish and seafood. Washed down with a pint of Murphy’s I was really full but satisfied.

To be honest this isn’t the sort of place you sit around and have pints in. For a great pint of Murphy’s check out Bushes of Baltimore. A truly lovely spot, the pub has a beer garden to the front overlooking the bay of Baltimore and Inis Earcáin where you can sit and sink a pint in front of one of the best views in Ireland. Bliss. The only thing that did disgruntle me was why on earth does Murphy’s taste so rubbish in Dublin – anyone?



2 Comments

  1. I love both those pubs, practically grew up in Bushes, the carrot at the end of either long car journeys or cold, windy trips in an oily tub. Another great gastronomic public house nearby is Mary Ann’s in Castletownsend. Again, not cheap, but a place for treats.

  2. Betty Brosnans cafe in Clon is a gem