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Cork, Dublin, Inverness, Edinburgh, Newcastle

pls help advise, one lunch only in each, food writer in unknown lands. Cork, Max's in Kinsale; Dublin, Pearl Brasserie, Pig's Ear, chez Max in Baggot St.; Inverness, River House or Rocpool; Edinburgh, Ondine, drinks in Kings Wark Pub; Newcastle, Muller.

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  1. If you're having lunch in Ondine, you can walk across the road and a few steps down the street to the Bow Bar for drinks, lots of whiskies, great beer - lots of info about it on the web - unless of course you're specifically going to Leith, I haven't been in Kings Wark Pub but on reputation its more famed for its breakfasts and food (though I'm sure its nice)

    1. I don't quite know what you're looking for here. You've stated a restaurant in each city. Are these your intended venues and you're asking for confirmation as to whether you should go there? Ondine is a great restaurant and I'd have no trouble recomending it but I don't know what you're looking for.

      Totally agree with Orchard that making the trip across Edinburgh from Ondine probably isn't worth it for Kings Wark. It's not bad, it's just a long way to go for something that can be satisifed more easily. For proximity, as well as Bow Bar I'd also sugest the Jolly Judge close to Ondine. The range of beers and Whisky is not as extensive but there's a lot of character to the bar due to it being located down one of the closes.

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      1. re: AWaiting

        Yes, we're on a ship that docks in each city the entire day. Thanks for Ondine info.

      2. I have never heard of a restaurant called Muller in Newcastle. I'd recommend Cafe 21 on Trinity Gardens or, for something more casual, The Broad Chare Pub, which is just around the corner from 21.

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        1. re: Al Toon

          Thank you, Al Toon, both places have the same ownership, which do you prefer?

          1. re: chicfille

            Cafe 21 does the best food in the city as far as I'm concerned. The Broad Chare is good, but it's more hearty gastro pub cooking.

          1. re: scoopG

            Thanks so mmuch, open only at weekends for lunch, ScoopG

            1. re: chicfille

              What day does your ship dock? It is open on Friday's for lunch....

          2. Pearl Brasserie in Dublin is excellent. Pichet would also be a nice option.

            1. For old world Fish and Chips (and mashed peas and more) take a taxi to Lennox's Take Away at 137 Bandon Street. Take out only. Or perhaps for some refined fare the dining room at the Crawford Art Gallery.


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              1. re: scoopG

                Brilliant suggestion, looks fab.

              2. Don't go to Kinsale for lunch, good food but same-y, for something different but Irish - def try Crawford Gallery and the Pigs Ear in Dublin or newly opened The Greenhouse in Dublin (that chef is taking Irish food to new places) has foodies salivating and great reviews!

                1. IMO, Max's is probably the best in Kinsale (and, frankly, there's not a lot of competition). If you're in Cork city, I wouldnt bother travelling to Kinsale. for lunch.

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                  1. re: Harters

                    I'm going to be in Kinsale for 24 hours on a Tuesday next month. We will be on foot, so need to stay in Kinsale for meals. I was thinking about Fishy Fish for lunch and Max's for dinner. By the way, I can't find a way to contact Max's to make a reservation short of calling them from the U.S. Anyone know an email address? Any comments or other suggestions??

                    1. re: PappyAustin

                      You should be able to make a reservation via the Kinsale Good Food Circle: