Monday to Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
Friday to Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Sunday: 12:30 - 11:00pm
In Cork, just a few short miles outside Blarney, you'll find Blairs Inn. It’s immediately recognisable with its whitewashed walls and many hanging baskets outside. Blairs Inn is pretty as a picture. When in full bloom, the flowers are not just an attractive presentation for a quaint old pub, but a definite invitation to stop and explore.
Richard and Duncan Blair now head up the pub their parents ran for quite some years. Richard works front of house in an expert way, while his brother Duncan is Head Chef. This is a fine sibling combination and one that works very well for their customers.
Blairs has a cosy traditional Irish pub atmosphere. Diners just enjoying a pint and the newspaper are mingled with those who come here to sample award-winning food from the kitchen. The bar is friendly and welcoming, with a warm fire and relaxed feel. You're not a stranger in town here.
Food is served in the bar area, where many regulars prefer to sit and eat. If you want a more formal restaurant style atmosphere The Snug is just down a step to the left, a charming room to pass the night, with pleasant conversation to go with the food.
In summer, you're likely to find Duncan heading up the barbecue out the back, where there's a lovely outdoor patio, with a canopy in case of a shower - or perhaps if the sun is too hot! There are also picnic tables on the grass, which leads down to the river, the Owenageara. Translated back into the original Irish, this is Sheep River and you could well see some trout rising here.
Duncan and Richard are committed to the use of local produce, which is the mainstay of the menu. This is proper pub food in the truest of senses. Fine slow cooked beef stews, bangers and mash, fresh fish dishes - this is Cork and they know how to feed people! Much of the produce is sourced within a 20-mile radius. Local is local in food terms and food miles are drastically reduced.
Desserts are hard to resist - and why would you want to with the array to choose from here, superb house specials and modern creations in the mix.
A full bar service, plus wines from Old and New World. Cork's craft brewers are also in evidence in bottled beers and cider. Blairs is a superb place to stop and eat, for those travelling to Blarney in Cork. Make it a stop off on your journey to the area.