Places to Eat

West Cork has built a reputation as the food capital of Ireland, and its residents take a pride in producing food that has a strong relationship to the land itself.

When great food is combined with a brilliant atmosphere and great cooking, you’ll have plenty of chances to spoil yourself while you’re based here in Ballylickey.

Manning’s Emporium

Manning’s Emporium, Ballylickey

Manning’s Emporium – a gourmet food shop and local institution – is just a short walk from Primrose Cottage, and it truly is a jewel in Ballylickey’s crown. You’ll find an impressive range of local cheeses, meats, and freshly-baked breads, as well as carefully-sourced wines. There’s even a sherry bar, so you’ll get to bring a bit of Spain into your Irish holiday! It’s a wonderful place to enjoy a quiet lunch when you want to take a moment to relax, or to stock up for a night eating at home at Primrose Cottage.

Bantry’s Fish Kitchen

Hidden above the fish shop in the centre of Bantry is the Fish Kitchen, a fabulous restaurant offering the very best of the seafood available here on West Cork’s stunning coastline.

Tractors’ Family Restaurant

You’ll find seafood and pasta on the menu in this friendly Bantry restaurant, but its the burgers that are the star of the show at Tractors’.

Good Things Café

It’s well worth a trip to the Good Things Café and Cookery School in Durrus, just a few miles outside Bantry, where you’ll find the best of local, seasonal produce expertly cooked by the chef Carmel Somers. The café has won a Bib Gourmand award each year since 2007.

The Stuffed Olive

Inside ‘The Stuffed Olive’

The Stuffed Olive, opposite Supervalu in Bantry, is a great recent addition to the town. Excellent coffee, gorgeous tarts and cakes are the star of the show, and the gorgeous prepared meals on sale here are perfect if you fancy a quiet night in, back at Primrose Cottage. There’s a great selection of wine on offer here too, and you can even buy the café’s cookbook if you’d like to recreate the flavours of your holiday when you get back home.

Bantry Market

Bantry’s market is held every Friday morning, with ‘Fair Day’ on the first Friday of each month, and it definitely shouldn’t be missed. Fresh fish, just in from the sea; local cheeses, fresh olives and local meats are all on offer here. When you’ve finished tasting your way around the stalls, you might find it hard to make room for lunch!

It’s a great place to pick up treats for those times when you’d rather eat here at Primrose Cottage.

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