This restaurant offers healthy, refined cuisine with Mediterranean flavours. It is known for its fresh food, quality and local produce. In a quiet pedestrian street, it is a nicely decorated spot with a bright, welcoming atmosphere. Everything has an appetising appearance, making it difficult to choose what you want to eat. Prices are appropriate. I recommend the salmon salad, and roast potatoes with garlic and olive oil.
One of the last visits I made in Ireland was to the ancient distillery of Jameson Irish whiskey. It is in Midlenton, 20 minutes by train from Cork. Once at the station, it is easy to get there. Just follow the main road until you find a sign that says go left to get to the place. First, there is a guided tour around the distillery in which we were explained the process of creating the whiskey. At the end of the course we got a drink, if you're one of the volunteers, and we could have a tasting of 3 types and whiskey. The tour starts with a video explaining the origin of the brand Jameson. During the half hour drive, you can see the items used during the process of creating the drink, and pictures and explanations that show the evolution of the company. It is the biggest in the world. It has a capacity of 144,000 liters. The copper structure takes up an entire room and, if you have imagination, you could surface mount curious bachelor apartment. Another interesting element is a water wheel over six feet in diameter. With the force that created it was ground barley. As I said before, at the end of the tour the guide number is soliciting volunteers to make a whiskey tasting at the bar Jameson Distillery. What they do is submit three shots of three brands of whiskey: The Johnny Walker Scotch, Irish and American Jameson (aka bourbon) Jack Daniel's. The guide describes the characteristics of each type of whiskey and, when completed, gives a diploma with the name printed of each volunteer. It's worth going with friends to enjoy cocktails offered at the bar. Do not worry, with the entrance you can order a drink at no extra cost. I recommend the whiskey with cranberry.
Being a big history lover, I was extremely interested in seeing what this Titanic Experience Museum was all about. There was no way to forsee what was going to happen to this mighty vessel, so how did people know to document everything? My cousin, and friends from Ireland told us that it was a fun sight to go to but that it was fairly new to Cobh. Apparently locals did not think that it was something special or to be proud of until recently.
This beautiful and lively town see's all sorts of cruise ships coming in and out of port. It must be as if the Titanic was just another one. The museum really shows the recognition of how special Cobh is to have been honored as the final port of the Titanic. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the museum, but it was so interesting and full of information! A guide will take you through the museum after you receive a ticket with an actual Titanic passengers name on it. At the end of the tour you find out about your person in an interactive touch screen. I don't want to spoil it, but the facts that are involved in this tour are by the millions. It is right to keep in mind though there was hardly any artifacts, pictures, or records kept from 1912. The only photos are taken by an amateur photographer priest who was meant to sail on the Titanic but was called off in Cobh by the church for a new order.
After wandering through the museum, you are able to eat in the Titanic Cafe downstairs. It is right on the pier from where the actual passengers left to be towed to the massive ship. I would expect a place like this to be very touristy and maybe not showcase as much of local food. I was wrong. While sitting there, there was a family who said they come here as a treat sometimes. I had Fish and Chips (how could I not right on the ocean?!?!) AND they were incredible. The skin was even still on the fish to pack in as much flavor. Everything was delicious and for a reasonable price as well. So now I get to say I ate Fish and Chips on the final dock of the Titanic.