Cycling and eating definitely go together! So, here is a local's guide to eating along the route of the Coast & Country Electric Bike tour. This is a two day self-guided tour following a GPS with a pre-programme route from Kinsale to Clonakilty and back. Great coastal scenery and lots of different eating options - from seafood restaurants to cafés with a view and food trucks serving fresh, local food. Stop, eat, drink and rest your legs. Here are my favourites:
Day 1: Kinsale to Clonakilty
Breakfast: Lemon Leaf Café or Cosy Café, Kinsale
Popular spot! Nice indoor setting. Serves a traditional Irish breakfast plus omelette, porridge etc.
Great spot to sit outside and watch the world go by as you eat. Eggs any way you want them, porridge and bagels.
Morning coffee: Old Head of Kinsale Café
Small café, big view! You can sit outside but have your extra layer handy as it can be breezy. Homemade brack and tea - recommended!
Lunch: Monk's Lane, Timoleague
This is a lively spot - cosy seating inside and a nice atmosphere. Also great quality food at a reasonable price. Not to be missed!
Dinner: Richys, Clonakilty
Locally produced, artisan food.
The Pink Elephant situated on the headland overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay and sandy Coolmaine Beach. Definitely a good place to stop for a cold drink as you enjoy the view.
Rebecca’s Kitchen and Farm Shop roughly halfway between Timoleague and Garrettstown beach is great for coffee and treats or a light lunch. Sit outside and enjoy the views.
Day 2: Clonakilty to Kinsale
Breakfast: Macliam Lodge B&B!
Breakfast is included, so eat in. Big day cycling ahead!
Lunch: The Food Depot (weekends only) or
The Golden Pheasant Café, Courtmacsherry
Both are busy spots so try to avoid peak times!
The Food Depot operates from a trailer by the beach in Courtmacsherry. Great healthy, fresh food options. Yum! Menu changes so check them out on Facebook before you arrive.
The Golden Pheasant is a great spot - eat out in the courtyard. Toasted sandwiches, salmon and brown bread, soup - lots of nice options for a light lunch.
Late Lunch: Diva's Café, Ballinspittle
Diva's Café bake everything on site, breakfast, lunch, brunch, cakes, breads, cookies and croissants are all made by hand daily. And they're delicious!
Dinner: Good Food Restaurants, Kinsale
Eating out in Kinsale, your first stop has to be at one of the 11 restaurants that make up The Good Food Circle Restaurants. Particular favourites are:
The Bulman: eat upstairs in restaurant or downstairs in pub.
Man Friday: Seafood, great view and food.
Jim Edwards: Gastropub - lots of good seafood options.
The Supper Club: Local food in slick surroundings.
Fishy Fishy: Ever popular restaurant.
There are also loads of other great options in Kinsale:
The Black Pig: Tapas and wine bar. Locals favourite.
Fisherman's Catch: Food truck at the bridge on the way into Kinsale. Delicious fresh fish and chip. Cross the road and eat in the nice park on the Kinsale side of the bridge.
Toto's Pizza: Another food truck - location varies but often at the bridge on the way into Kinsale or Garrettstown Beach in July/Aug. Fab pizzas and waffles are super delicious!