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Glorious food - 32 Irish pubs just made it onto Michelin's list of the best ones to eat in

15 counties are represented. And Down appears to be the pub grub capital of the island.

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IT’S A GOOD time to grab a bite to eat in the pubs of Ireland with 32 of them making it onto Michelin’s Eating Out In Pubs guide for 2016.

In all 15 counties across the island are represented, with Co Down topping the list with six entries. Hillsborough in the Mourne county, just south of Belfast, has two entries alone which is fairly impressive.

Two of the Irish pubs on the list – the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna and Toddies at the Bulman in Kinsale – are singled out as ‘inspector’s favourites’ for being ‘establishments found to be particularly charming and which offer something extra special’.

Michelin Eating Out In Pubs 2016

This is making us hungry.

“More and more pubs are serving flexible all-day menus – incorporating breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea,” said guide editor Rebecca Burr (who also edits the restaurant variant Michelin Guide).

The pub industry should be congratulated for moving with the times.

590 pubs appear in the guide which takes in eateries from across the British Isles.

The full list is as follows:


  • Billy Andy’s at Mounthill, near Larne


wild honey inn The Wild Honey Inn

  • Morrissey’s, Doonbeg
  • Vaughan’s Anchor Inn, Liscannor
  • Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna
  • Linnane’s Lobster Bar, New Quay


toddies Toddies at the Bulman, Kinsale

  • Mary Ann’s, Castletownshend
  • Poacher’s Inn, Bandon
  • Deasy’s Clonakilty
  • Cronin’s Crosshaven
  • Toddies at The Bulman, Kinsale


poachers The Poacher's Pocket, Comber

  • Pheasant, Annahilt 
  • Poacher’s Pocket, Comber
  • Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough
  • Plough Inn, Hillsborough
  • Pier 36, Donaghadee
  • Balloo House, Killinchy


  • Old Spot, Ballsbridge
  • Chop House, Ballsbridge


odowd O'Dowd's, Roundstone

  • Moran’s Oyster Cottage, Kilcolgan
  • O’Dowd’s, Roundstone


  • O’Neill’s Seafood Bar, Caherciveen


fallons Fallons of Kilcullen

  • Harte’s , Kildare
  • Ballymore Inn, Ballymore Eustace
  • Fallon’s, Kilcullen


  • Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon


  • Fitzpatricks, Jenkinstown


shebeen Shebeen, Westport

  • The Tavern, Murrisk
  • Sheebeen, Westport


  • Hargadons, Sligo Town


  • Larkins, Garrykennedy


lobster The Lobster Pot, Carne

  • Lobster Pot, Carne


  • Byrne & Woods, Roundwood

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