48 hours in Cork - Food and Travel
How to spend the ultimate weekend in Cork, Ireland's lyrical port city. I aim to balance plenty of practical tips with vivid descriptions so that it is a good travel read in itself. Click here to see the full story or get a sense of it from the excerpts below.
Port cities often have a quirky charisma and Cork has it in spades. It was once a stop-off point for adventurers on their way to the West Indies and the local accent has a Trinidadian twang, while local slang (known as ‘gammin’) is redolent of Hindustani, which the Royal Munster Fusiliers brought back from India.
Cork is known for its food markets but the English Market is head and shoulders above the rest.Expect oysters that taste like a kiss from the sea, tender lamb, smoked salmon and pork in more forms than you thought possible.
Although a 20-minute drive outside the city, no list of Cork hotels would be complete without a mention of Ballymaloe House. The breakfasts alone are worth the journey. Expect warm scones with whipped butter, kippers smoked on site and stewed fruit from the garden, all served in a sunny breakfast room with windows looking out over the produce.
Surrounded by farmland, lonely stretches of coast where freezing water nourishes meaty shellfish, Cork’s natural larder is known as the best in Ireland. Over its 30 years Jacqueshas built up a loyal network of suppliers.