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Finders Inn, near Kinsale, Cork

Finders inn

Novohal, Cork, Ireland.
Directions at Carrigaline, go straight through main street then turn right, following R611 to Ballyfeard; about 700 metres beyond Ballyfeard, go straight for Nohoval (rather than bearing right on R611 for Belgooly).

021 4770737

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Review

Finders Inn is situated in the tiny village of Novohal, quite close to Kinsale. There is a shop, the ubiquitous pub, a church and then the Finders Inn in a terraced row. It has been true for some years now that some businesses have made a business from trying to look old or authentic. There is no pretence here, the Finders Inn is old, quirky, charming and has enough nooks and crannies to keep even budding Harry Potters happy. A smorgasbord of eclectic spaces.

Finders Inn is a long established family run business that is located just outside Ireland’s gourmet capital Kinsale. It was established over 30 years ago by Patrick & Celine McDonnell and it is now in the capable hands of their sons Donnacha, Cormac & Aaron. Candlelit dining commences each Tuesday to Saturday at 7:00pm and bar food served on Sunday from 2.00-7.00pm.

The menu features original seafood dishes, oysters, mussels and game of the season. Produce is sourced locally, and you can choose from very local Oysterhaven oysters, fresh daily from just down the road, mussels in white wine and cream, a crab and avocado dish, homemade chowder or tossed green salad. Starters are priced between €4 and €10, with the oysters being a very reasonable €8.50 for a half dozen.

Mains may tempt you with black sole on the bone, lobster, plaice stuffed with crab or fresh prawns in garlic. The menu is very seasonal, so some dishes may not be available at certain times of the year, but that’s probably a good thing, as you will be eating only the best. There are some steaks available and a crispy roast duck for the more carnivorous guests. The main dishes range in price from €20 to €25, and all come with a selection of vegetables or salads.

The sons are very much in situ now running the business, and while Aaron and Cormac McDonnell will be busy cooking in the kitchen, brother Donnacha runs front of house with a practiced and relaxed charm. This spot is very popular with locals, but it is well named, because for the visitors Finders Inn is a hidden gem with an old world charm that is so hard to find these days. Well worth finding.

**Finders Inn fully licensed restaurant is an outstanding country venue for evening dining, private meetings and very special occasions.
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