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The Bosun Bar and Restaurant, Monkstown, Co. Cork


+353 (0)21- 4842172

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Hours: Food served daily


The Bosun Bar and Restaurant has been around for over 100 years. Situated in the seaside town of Monkstown in Co. Cork, the Moynihan family have provided sustenance to people for all over the world for over 27 years of that. The Bosun is a very well run restaurant with great staff, and in 2002 it was made Irish pub of the year.

You can see why the very minute you walk through the door. The staff offers great welcome and very high standards to all their customers. Owner Nicky Moynihan is nearly always there to welcome you in himself. The Bosun Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of Monkstown, which is just 15 minutes outside Cork city. This riverside restaurant has charm and an historic setting. On a sunny day there no better place to be with its outside seating and views over the river Lee.

The Bosun serves food from morning to late evening and if you need a place to stay while you’re in Cork they have 14 bedrooms offering very nice accommodation as well. On the food side of things enjoy oysters from Crosshaven, fresh prawn cocktail, a classic Caesar salad or for the more adventurous, a Kangaroo vol-au-vent. There are main courses such as grilled Dover sole, pan fried scallops and a seafood platter, while for the committed carnivore there is a choice of steaks, a rack of lamb and roast duck.

On the night we visited we went for the seafood, as this is a BIM seafood circle restaurant for the past 3 years. We had the Irish smoked salmon served with capers, red onions and blue cheese dressing while Deirdre had the crab cakes with a tomato salsa, which she is still taking about weeks later. For the main course I went for the paupiettes of lemon sole with prawns and a creamy Pernod sauce, while Dee had the deep fried goujons of salmon and cod with a Marie Rose sauce. Both of these dishes were expertly cooked, with a light hand so important when cooking fish.

The Bosun is an institution in Monkstown, and has a steady following of locals and visitors alike. Great place for a Summer lunch, and the comfy rooms make it a good spot to base yourself for a Cork odyssey.
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