Wine enthusiasts David and Lisa Shier are the owners of Corks- Ashbourne's first wine bar. On a recent visit Paolo found good food and value for money, and an interesting wine list with plenty in the €18-€25 bracket.
Conveniently situated just two minutes walk from the centre of the village, Corks offers quick snacks and a list of specials on the blackboard which change daily, so customers can enjoy a quick lunch or fine evening dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. At lunch they do fresh, made to order open style sandwiches and salads, along with soups and pates
Paolo had dinner with some friends recently;
There are about 60 wines on the wine list and there's a fair choice in the €18-€25 bracket with the rest running up to €60 or so. We settled on a bottle of the excellent San Felice Chianti at €26 and a Pinot grigio by the glass for Claire.
A selection of really excellent breads came, along with a ramekin of hummus. It seems that breads are taken very seriously in Corks - even breads for coeliacs is available.. For statrters, Claire chose the mussels from the board, Terry picked crab cakes and I had the seafood chowder. The crab cakes were superb, full of flavour and succulent. My sea food chowder was equally good, well-balanced and well flavoured.
Both Terry and Claire had picked the rack of lamb from the days specials and it was a good choice - perfectly cooked, generous in size and sourced locally.
With room for up to 50 diners at any one time and deep couches in quiet corners, Corks is ideal for people who wish to relax and chat over good food and, of course, a nice bottle of wine.
Great care has been taken to create the perfect ambience while David and Lisa have put all their expertise into choosing a wonderful selection of wines to complement the exquisite dishes designed by local chef John Moore, which are all created from fresh produce daily.
Corks is fast becoming a favourite with locals from the surrounding area for its outstanding homemade chowder, pate and a selection of creative fish and meat dishes. Also a healthy food option for children like fresh chicken strips, mash & veg. and a fruit fondue for dessert