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The Second Wind Bar and Restaurant, Charleville.

Second wind

Main Street, Charlevile, Co. Cork.

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Hours: Open from 10.30 daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Review

The Second Wind bar is a surprise – from the outside it looks like a traditional pub, inside it is more like a designer bistro. The place looks great, tastes great and understands value for money. A great pit-stop on the Cork to Limerick/Galway road.

The Four Winds Bar and Lounge is a landmark bar on the Main Street in Charleville, Co. Cork. The Four Winds has been a public house in Charleville for generations, through several different owners. Back in the 1950’s the bar was a traditional front room public house which was run by the Crowley family, and it has evolved ever since. The current proprietor, Dan O’Brien took over in late 2007 and over the past 4 years the establishment has undergone significant changes with the addition of “The Second Wind” in 2010.

The Four Winds Lounge is a warm and cosy local pub offering the finest pints and a warm and friendly atmosphere where conversation blossoms. The Second Wind offers something different with top class bar-food 7 days a week in a modern and vibrant setting. The menu runs from breakfast right through the day, with a great selection of dishes on offer. In addition to the ubiquitous full Irish, you can have a stack of pancakes with fresh strawberries and maple syrup or a healthy bowl of porridge.

Lunch is a casual affair that attracts locals and travellers alike. Pick from a home made burger, fajita wraps or a mixed grill. There are daily specials like bacon and cabbage, traditional Irish stew or smoked haddock, while in the evening the dishes become more like, well, dinner. Enjoy their lamb cutlets, roast loin of pork or Angus rib eye steak.

We dropped by for a bite en route from Limerick to Cork and had the freshly battered cod with chips and mushy peas. The chips were good, the peas were very good and the piece of fish was perfectly cooked and encased in a very light golden batter. This was followed by a very good coffee, and a certain amount of soul searching as I really wanted to have some of the home made sherry trifle, but an expanding waistline and a full dinner scheduled for later told me otherwise.

The Second Wind are buying in their food daily where possible and they are supporting local suppliers. Meat comes form Quigley meats and Derrynaflan, while the fish comes from Duhallow Seafood, and Hourigan family foods.

The Second Wind also caters for events of all sizes and is equipped with all the necessary sound and vision systems to make a meal, a sports event or a night on the town a very special occasion. The Second wind is charming and really very good. As Charleville is one of the few towns not bypassed by the main route, it’s bound to go from strength to strength. Might be a good idea to make it a regular haunt while the going is good.
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