Two popular Galway pubs – Moran’s Oyster Cottage in Kilcolgan and O’Dowd’s of Roundstone – have retained their listings in the 2017 Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide just published.
Twenty three other pubs from the Republic of Ireland and seven from Northern Ireland also feature in the publication. In overall terms, County Down leads the way with six listings followed by Cork with five, Clare with four, and Kildare with three. Dublin, Galway, and Mayo each received two listings with Antrim, Kerry, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Wexford, and Wicklow each having one listing.
Produced by leading tyre manufacturer Michelin, this year’s guide recommends more than 500 pubs spread across England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland of which 38 are new entries and all of which are selected, first and foremost, for the standard of their food.
Noting that the quality of cooking in some of these pubs rivals that of restaurants, guide editor Rebecca Burr (who also edits the famed Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland ) commented: “We are increasingly witnessing how pubs can provide a platform for young chefs to start their own businesses, and how inventive these chefs can be, particularly when it comes to the sourcing of their ingredients.”