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Food lovers should flock in droves to Cronin's in Crosshaven. This landmark building, built in 1892 and once a grand old hotel and now home to the Cronin family for 40 years, is sited in perfect spot on the pedestrianised area in the heart of the village. Since it's very near to the sailing club, this pub attracts a huge boating following, especially during summer regattas and the bi-annual Cork Week. Cronin's has a traditional feel, and lots of original features, including working fireplaces and polished wooden bar. Its walls are crammed with photographs and memorabilia to please the sailing contingent, and with a special corner for boxing fans, which has pictures of the greats and various boxing souvenirs to admire.
Sean Cronin is the second generation of the family to run the pub with his wife Thecla since the 70's. Between them, they have steadily built a regular clientele, due in no small way to Thecla's fantastic cooking skills. Nowadays though, the culinary genius is left mostly to son Denis, a trained chef who has been at the helm of the kitchen here for three years. He's continuing his mother's tradition for good home cooking using local produce - and you can be sure she'll step right in if he puts a foot out of place! Bar food here highlights the best of local seafood, in keeping with its seaside location Lunch is served from midday. The menu is seasonal, with lots of seafood to be enjoyed outside during summer, and in winter, doorstep sandwiches and comforting hot soups and stews eaten in the lounge by a roaring fire. One favourite always available is Thecla's own recipe Seafood Chowder, not the usual creamy version, but a light and flavoursome broth packed with fresh fish according to availability - a dish so popular a war would probably start if it was removed from the menu! Oysters from nearby Oysterhaven make an appearance, served au naturel with home made soda bread, and local mussels are served stuffed with garlic crumbs. There's Smoked fish from West Cork, and in the height of the summer, a special of Ballycotton whole crab claws, served with garlic butter and crab picks, so you can really get stuck in!
You won't go thirsty either - there's the full bar service in the lounge. Cronin's also incorporates the Mad Fish restaurant, set in an annexed room to the rear of the pub. This runs a full A La Carte menu - seafood based - for those who want to enjoy a more formal meal in the evenings.
Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday from 11am to 11.30pm, Friday & Saturday from 11am to 12.30am and Sunday from 12.30am to 11pm.