On Heir Island—a four-minute ferry ride—this unlikely venture is a pilgrimage spot for food lovers, who praise the high standard of cooking and the location. The five-course (no choices) set menu focuses on local produce, some of it picked in the wild on the island. Expect good, honest, unfussy food, representing the best of new Irish Traditional cuisine. The restaurant is country-casual and tables seat 10, so be prepared to share. Cape Clear turbot with sea spinach is typical; for dessert, you might have hot Grand Marnier crepe soufflé with blackcurrant coulis. The proprietors also operate "the world's smallest cooking school" here. Call for details about the ferry.
Heir Island, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland