Traditionally bars/pubs such as ours only offered a basic sandwich. Now we offer a wide variety of simple but tasty dishes at reasonable prices. Our gastro pub is perfect for the guest who wants good food in a casual dining environment.
Experienced chef, fantastic food
My wife Vanessa, who heads up the kitchen, has previously worked as a chef in a number of well respected restaurants in Ireland and the south of France. After returning home to Kenmare in 1996 she worked locally and received high acclaim for her innovative food. She works very hard in sourcing quality local produce, and continually changes menus to offer a better choice.
Our food was mentioned in La Routard, which stated that we are a..
“Very charming pub-restaurant, cosy and with distinctive wooden flooring. Generous servings with friendly and fast service and great value for money.”
It has also been mentioned in the Bridgestone Guide, and Tom Doorley, the famous Irish food critic, says…
“What impresses me most of Vanessa’s Food is that her food has a willingness to revel in simplicity.”
Our food is simple. We let the product give you the flavour.
Locally sourced mussels
Our Mussels are landed fresh at Kilmackilogue Pier. They are cooked in a cast iron Pot with white wine, garlic and herbs. When cooked they release a unique flavour due to the unspoilt and clean warm water of the South of Ireland. Add a generous amount of cream, chopped parsley, and roux to thicken the sauce. Simple but with a unique flavour.
Our famous Beef & Guinness Stew
Our Beef for our famous Beef & Guinness Stew and our Lamb & Lamb Shanks come from Rogie O’Sullivan, a local butcher, or other local butchers. We always seek the best from our suppliers, and we have built a great relationship with them in ensuring delivery of quality Beef & Lamb.
Fresh fish from local supplier
All our Fish comes from a local supplier. Star Seafood sources fresh fish landed in Castletownbere the night before and delivered to us the following morning. From our ever popular Fish & Chips, to Sea Bass, Crab Claws, and Turbot, you can be assured that it as fresh as possible, unless you catch it yourself.
Best Pizza in town!
In 2008, through the great experience of one of our Chefs with Pizzas, we started offering pizza as a special. From our brick oven they quickly became an instant hit. We now have a Pizza menu at evening times. Everything is guaranteed fresh, from the dough made that morning to the ingredients and toppings.