2008 Award Winners NATURAL FOOD AWARD 2008

Jacques Restaurant

Natural Food Award 08 - Jacques RestaurantFailte IrelandThe Natural Food Award has been an essential element of the Guide since it started and, by recognising an establishment or individual who pays special attention to sourcing the freshest and best local, naturally produced food, it is a gentle reminder to others – especially the larger establishments – that this is the way things should be done whenever possible.

Sisters Eithne and Jacqueline Barry have run their restaurant near the English Market for a quarter of a century - the interior goes through periodic re-makes, but the fundamentals of warm hospitality and great food never waiver, and that is the reason why many would cite Jacques as their favourite Cork restaurant. There is always a personal welcome and, together with Eileen Carey, who has been in the kitchen with Jacque Barry (now leader of the Cork Slow Food Convivium) since 1986, this team steadfastly puts high value on the provenance and quality of the food that provides the building blocks for their delicious meals. 

Daily menus are based on carefully sourced ingredients from a network of suppliers built up over many years - just after the Guide went to press an regular email arrived from the winning restaurant: “… to show how we change our menus daily….great time of year … we use all local produce … tomatoes, chard, aubergines, courgettes … Fingal (Ferguson) comes up with new salamis all the time…mallard has just come on stream...etc”  Just wonderful.

7 votes

Jacques Restaurant

Cork City, Co. Cork
For Cooking & Service Well Above Average A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland 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. Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
An integral part of Cork life since 1982, sisters Eithne and Jacqueline Barry's delightful restaurant has changed with the years, evolving from quite a traditional place to a smart contemporary space. Big changes took place in 2013, with an extension ...

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