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Murph's Tavern

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2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Pub with good food and atmosphere Serious About Seafood The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Murph's Tavern
East Ferry, Midleton Co Cork
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Waterside gem in a quiet corner of East Cork with a lovely feel and great food
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Informal
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Serious About Seafood
  • Sunday Dining
  • Traditional Pub

Murph's Tavern

Siblings Micheal and Laura Cashman took over the lease of this famous waterside pub in 2012 and it’s a really nice little spot - excellently kept, but simple and appropriate.


Michael, a dedicated chef who trained under Rory O’Connell at Ballymaloe, serves up delicious carefully sourced local foods - notably seafood from Ballycotton, great steaks from their Midleton butcher and East Ferry free range poultry - while Laura leads a very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient service team.


Food is served in a nice old traditional bar that overlooks the water and opens into a more formal seating area at the back - and there’s lots of outdoor space too, where barbecues are held in fine weather.


Menus offer a wide choice, so much in fact that you may find it hard to choose. But, whether you go for timeless classics like seared Castletownbere scallops with wilted baby spinach, chorizo and beurre blanc sauce or house versions of traditional pub favourites, you can be sure that will be made with the highest quality ingredients, and generous too.


Bill Casey’s locally produced organic smoked salmon makes a lovely starter with pickled cucumber and homemade brown bread, and some dishes are offered in two sizes - a vegetarian dish of grilled Ardsallagh goats cheese, perhaps (served on a toasted bruschetta with tomato salsa, basil pesto and balsamic glaze) or a warm salad with smoked bacon and Clonakilty black pudding (served, unusually, with caramelised cinnamon apples and parsnip crisps).


Seafood stars among the main courses, especially in summer, but steak is a winner here too and there are times when a chargrilled Aberdeen Angus sirloin steak with a red onion confit and homemade pepper sauce could be hard to resist.


Everything is homemade - the breads, the hand cut chips, the freshly breaded fish, the handmade lamb burger, the sauces (including custard) all have that special freshness and home cooked flavour and texture, and that’s where the difference lies.


Likewise, the food offered for children is not unusual but it’s clearly freshly made and, while not cheap, the value for money for the high quality given is excellent right across the menu.


Simple, wholesome food using local, fresh ingredients - it all comes together brilliantly and people love the local feeling and the way the place is run. Worth a detour.

Bar Tue-Sun, 12.30-12.30; Food Tue-Sun 12.30-9. Closed Mon except bank hols. Private Room, 45. MasterCard, Visa. abbreviations
Last Updated: 09-08-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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