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Feb 24th, 2011, 07:18 AM
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Kinsale, Ireland restaurants

We will be in Kinsale for 3 nights in May. We heard the food is great. What are your 3 top restaurant choices?
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Feb 24th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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Hi guys....we liked the Blue Haven (hotel and resto) on the main street..great seafood salads. The oysters are tops, too
The Wine Bar (forgot the full name) was also a good choice with ambience. (two nights did it for us)
Altho Kinsale and its harbor are very colorful and enjoyable, I can't imagine any more than two nights there, with so much more to see and do further west...IMO(since you have already been out to Galway, Connemara peninsula, Dingle, etc.)
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Feb 24th, 2011, 11:46 AM
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stu----thanks for the reply. There are several reasons for the 3 nights. We will not get there until later in the day for the first night, we want to use it as a base to explore a little west of there the next day, and MDH wants to golf(I'll shop) the next day. After a few 1-2 night stays, we like to relax a bit. We love driving around Ireland, but the part I don't like is changing B & B's every day or two and living out of a suitcase. This will be the only 3 night stay of our trip.

That said, I'll look into the Blue Haven and Wine Bar. We heard the food was good in Kinsale, but I don't know how it can top "Mulcahy's" in Kenmare----we'll see.
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Feb 24th, 2011, 12:22 PM
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"Mulcahy's" in Kenmare

you said the magic word!! Found the wine bar in my journal.."Max's"..can't remember exactly where it was.
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We enjoyed Fishy Fishy and Man Friday. Which I always point out is right across the street from a wonderful pub, The Spaniard. Last March I had a lovely cottage rantal right across the street and really enjoyed exploring the area.

http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/Ire...606#photos-bar
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Feb 26th, 2011, 09:52 AM
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typos!!
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Feb 26th, 2011, 10:43 AM
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sheri_lp What a cute cottage. If we were going to be there longer, it would be a lovely place to stay. As it is, we will be staying at Desmond House for the 3 nights. We'll keep it in mind if we go back. This is our second trip to Ireland in 8 months, so I guess we like it.

We're checking all of these restaurant suggestions and will ask our B & B host to make reservations ahead of time.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 11:14 AM
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I was only there for four nights and stayed in the smaller Marian's Cottage. Have a great time, I loved going around exploring all the back roads, and found this cool Victorian-era tower

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4737380274/
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Feb 26th, 2011, 08:36 PM
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That's the kind of thing we like. Where was the tower?
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Feb 26th, 2011, 09:14 PM
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Let me check the map, I had a couple of days of cruising the backroads and passed this great old red brick house, and followed the road up the hill a bit and there it was. I'm sure I'll be able to find it for you.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 09:15 PM
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sheri...what a fine shot...was that anywhere near Kinsale? Somehow missed it. Cool is the word.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 09:32 PM
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Thanks, Tower. Yes, a bit NE of Kinsale, I just located it on Google maps:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=kinsal...05262&t=h&z=18

If this link is shite (going Irish now lol) There's a little crossroad between Cullen and Silveroe. You can get a streetview shot of the old red house I mentioned, and it's up that dirt track. I happened to pass a farmer and he told me the thing was about 100 years old.
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Feb 27th, 2011, 09:03 AM
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sheri_lp, I looked at the rest of your Ireland photos. They are great and in particular, I like the "cloud" photos.
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Feb 27th, 2011, 09:20 AM
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Thanks Tpayt. I love chasing clouds with my camera. In Scotland I was fascinated with trees and the earth mounds (raths) and thought I'd gone Druid.

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Dear Sheri

Just asking what restaurants you did visit and recommend in Kinsale? We are a family of 4, and will be there in June. Any suggestions on where to stay?

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Mar 11th, 2012, 10:41 AM
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Hi Ta,

The Man Friday restaurant was recommended by a local, and has a lovely setting on the water with family style service (putting down bowls of vegetables, etc on the table) and I mentioned the Fishy Fishy Cafe. I also quite liked the pubs in town for lunch, I don't think you could go wrong in any of them.

I have stayed in the Old Bank Hotel (beautiful and pricey, but split among three of us) and also stayed in the cottage. You might contact Mark Houston who owns/manages several cottages, he might have something for you or be able to recommend something: [email protected].
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Dear Sheri

Thank youi so very much for coming back to me and I have contacted Mark. Much appreciated.
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You're welcome - I'd love to hear about what you finally end up with!
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