The Rising Tide pub and restaurant is situated in the picturesque village of Glounthaune, a village situated some 5 miles east of Cork on the north shore of the estuary of the River Lee.
The village was originally a planned town built in 1810 on a tidal quay wall and named at that time New Glanmire. The Rising Tide is in the centre of the town and it is it you first see when you come down the short winding hill into the village. It backs onto the water and is painted in shades of blue on the outside, while inside there is a very stylish bar in the centre, with tables running around the walls. Although The Rising Tide is a bar, it has evolved into a food business, and so the layout is more restaurant than traditional bar.
Owner Sandra Murphy has been in situ for six years now and her philosophy of using local ingredients extends to the fish they serve, so you won’t find farmed Greek sea bass on the menu, but everything (except for the odd tiger prawn) will have been caught in Irish waters. If you fancy lobster you will be picking your own from the lobster tank just inside the door.
While the main event is the seafood here, committed carnivores can choose from lamb, steak, duck or a gourmet burger. There is a house speciality of mussels, served four ways and can be had as a starter or main course. There is also a seawater tank for the oysters, which can be ordered as 3, 6, 9 or 12. One of the choices involves Murphy’s stout and walnuts and is a delight.
On a recent trip we enjoyed a starter of mussel’s mariniere in white wine and cream sauce with homemade breads, followed by one of the fish specials, a truly brilliant dish of monkfish served on smoked venison risotto. The flavours here were excellent, the monkfish sat atop the risotto on a thin slice of venison. The risotto was perfectly cooked and the chopped venison running through it imparted its smoky taste. I suppose a more boring version of this is the monkfish wrapped in Parma ham that became so popular, but this is a superior take on it.
The service, under the watchful eye of Sandra service is friendly and brisk. The Rising Tide is a find, excellent food at good prices in a unique setting. This is a gastro pub in the real sense, which must be why Lady Gaga dropped in after her Cork gig. Well worth a detour.