Situated on the main road from Cork to Kerry, at approximately the half way point, lies the town of Macroom. The town is a main stop for those touring around west Cork and heading for Kerry. Macroom lies in a valley on the river Sullane, a tributary of the River Lee.
Granvilles Bar and restaurant is situated at the top of the town, in the shadow of the remaining archway of Macroom Castle, and owners Paul and Leonie Granville have created a charming and unique setting in this small stone building.
It’s all very much a family affair, with various family members as full time employees, and just generally helping out. So we have Brian Granville as head chef, while Leonie’s sister helps out front of house with Paul and Leonie and their staff. Leonie’s Dad helps out in the bar during the daytime, while her mother cooks the pastries and tarts. They grow their own herbs on a roof garden, and have commandeered Dad’s garden as well, so pretty much the whole family have an input.
A sunny Sunday lunch was on the cards on a recent West Cork adverture. A window seat looked out on the town, and a bottle of sparkling water and some fresh bread got me started. Crab claws are large and juicy and swim in a delicious garlic butter and provide the perfect starter. It seems churlish not to stick with the fish after that and a special of hake with a shallot and leek sauce is perfectly cooked and quite lovely. Duck fat roast potatoes are a greedy side, but I can’t resist and end up eating them all.
In the evening the menu is larger and you can choose from French onion soup, goat’s cheese tartlet or their own seafood chowder. Granvilles have rightly gained a reputation for very good steak, and there is a choice on the menu. Their meat is sourced locally, from O’Connell’s butchers in Cork butcher while their fish is also sourced locally, from the Good Fish Company. Seafood features strongly, and their fish and chips with mushy peas is especially good.
Granvilles ticks all the right boxes – a real family affair offering great food at value for money prices. A perfect stopover when you find yourself in this part of the country.