The Old Midleton Distillery is a fascinating place to visit. Dating back to 1780, a tour of the old distillery is worthwhile; you can, among many other interesting things, see the world’s biggest pot still, take part in a whiskey tasting - and, perhaps, buy a bottle of the unique Midleton Very Rare to take home.
That such visiting can be thirsty work is acknowledged at the door - and you can just drop in to the Jameson Bar for a whiskey cocktail or an Irish coffee - but it can also be hungry work. Sensibly, the Centre has provided a pleasant place to eat, The Malt House Restaurant, which is a bright and airy room with its own bar.
A wide range of dishes is offered, including simple fare like traditional Irish stew and a home-made pie of the day, but there's also some lighter contemporary fare - hot panini, tortilla wraps, toasted bagels - and sandwiches made with home-made bread: Midleton beech-smoked Irish Atlantic salmon with brown soda bread and salad is an attractive option.
An appealing choice of salads includes 'Ireland's Finest Cheese Plate' (Cashel Blue, mature Cork cheddar & goats cheese), served with biscuits, pickles & fresh fruit. There are always vegetarian options offered, and a good selection of home-bakes.