Clonakilty Black and White Pudding

Best of South West IrelandFood & Drink

South West Ireland Food & Drink Regional Picks

Although there's been a changing of the guard recently in Cork City, where a more international flavour has come into play, traditional Irish fair like bacon and cabbage, full Irish breakfasts and beef stew are still hugely popular across the rest of Ireland's South West. Some of Ireland's best restaurants can be found in Cork, it is also seen by many as having the best chipper food, per square mile, compared with any other county in Ireland. There is also no shortage of pubs in Cork or Kerry, with Cork topping a recent poll by having 543 people for every pub!

Food and Drink


Renowned for its excellent food and world-class service, the restaurant industry in Ireland's Southwest has maintained its high standards over the past two decades through innovation and a reluctance to rest on its laurels. Seafood, beef and poultry from the region are not only enjoyed by the locals but also shipped to global markets. Specialities such as black & white pudding, spiced beef, and Kerrygold Butter all have their origins in this region.

Liberty Grill Cork

Greenes Restaurant Cork

The Castle Café Cork

Café Paradiso Cork

The SpitJack Cork

Isaac's Cork

Cornstore Cork

Feed your Senses Cork

The French Table Limerick

The ButteryLimerick

The Copper Room Limerick

Taikichi Limerick

AZUR Limerick

Cronins RestaurantKerry

Mick & Jimmy's RestaurantKerry

Irish Pubs

With the highest pub per person ratio in the country, one pub for every 543 people, Cork has an endless variety of watering holes. The counties of Kerry and Limerick are not far behind, meaning the 3 counties of the Southwest are well supplied with a wide variety of pubs, from small local spots to large 'super pubs' open until the wee small hours.

Fionbarra's Cork

Franciscan WellCork

The Idle Hour Cork

The Hi-BCork

Tom Barry's Cork

The Crane Lane Cork

Castle Inn Cork

Dolan's Limerick

Jerry Flannery'sLimerick

North Star Pub Limerick

Dick Macks Kerry

West Kerry BreweryKerry

Blind PiperKerry

Traditional Fish and Chips

In a seemingly endless war of attrition, the chippers of Ireland, more so than any other Irish establishment, are pitched against each other for supremacy by their patrons. It's not a case of liking one slightly more, it's a case of my favorite chipper being the greatest, all others are worthless! Nowhere is this more noticeable than in Cork, where the author can attest to having tried all the chippers on this list and can safely say they are all great in their own right.

For decades, KC's of Douglas and Jackie Lennox's of Bandon Road were the 2 main chippers in Cork. Long before pizzas and kebabs became the more popular fast-food options, it was a case of 'KC's or Jackies?' as your fast-food treat. The rivalry has stood the test of time but is now mentioned more so in jest than in spite. The other chippers of the region are amazing also, with the towns of Tralee and Killarney in County Kerry as well as Limerick City and it's surroundings being Meccas of the trade... but, please, if you find yourself in a reasonable distance from either Douglas or Bandon Road in Cork, try KC's or Lennox's. The queues are usually very long, from 5 pm till around 9.30 pm, but move quickly and are well worth the wait.

KC & Son & Sons Cork

Jackie Lennox Cork

Golden Fry Cork

Dino's Cork

Bartie's Cork

Chish N Fips Cork

Luigi's Limerick

Donkey Ford'sLimerick

Enzo's Limerick

Kanon’s Korner Kerry

Mike's Take AwayKerry

Quinlans Fish & ChipKerry

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