Review on Farmgate Café
Spurred on by the continued success of the Farmgate Country Store in Midleton, Kay Harte and her sister opened a second venue in the gallery above the curiously named English Market in Cork (arguably the best advertisement for Irish regional food in the land, with its marvellous stalls loaded with traditional delicacies).
The Café is divided into two parts: on one side is the shop and self-service counter; on the other is the bustling, glassed-in restaurant with its rustic furniture, classic black-and-white tiles and displays of vibrant contemporary artwork. Menus reflect what is currently on sale in the market below (perhaps oysters 'from the fish stall to your table', corned mutton, cheeses, smoked fish and more besides).
Tripe with drisheen (a local version of black pudding) is the iconic star dish, but you might also feast on roast loin of bacon with cabbage with champ, Irish stew, corned beef with colcannon, goats' cheese salad or Clonakilty black pudding followed by apple tart, profiteroles or raspberry sponge. Don't miss the brilliant Irish breakfast fry-ups.
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 9.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Fri (9.00 - 11.00pm Sat)
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card