The Crookhaven Inn

Home / Place / Crookhaven Inn

Tabs

Crookhaven
Mizen PeninsulaCork
Ireland

Overview

Crookhaven in West Cork lies just off the Mizen Head Drive. Wild terrain. Mountains and ocean mix magnificently. The sleepy village is tucked into rocky headland, near Cockle Beach where Emma Jepson remembers picking cockles with her sister when they were kids. And trekking across it as a young teenager with cheeses for her dad,  Chris. Chris Jepson was one of the original artisan fish smokers of the area, producing wild smoked salmon here for many years. He taught a very young Fingal Ferguson, now of Gubbeen Smokehouse,  the technicalities of smoking cheese. Another star was born. 

Emma still lives in Crookhaven, with her husband, Swedish born Freddie Olsen, They have their own young family. The Jepson/Olsen brood are enjoying a similar simple childhood to Emma’s in this beautiful part of the world. Emma and Freddie have been running The Crookhaven Inn for 19 years.  Food is Freddie’s passion. His cooking in national service days in Sweden were his introduction. Then spells in several restaurants abroad, where South East Asian influences still resonate in some of his dishes.   

The Crookhaven Inn has a cosy interior, fire in the stove, and outdoor seating beside the waterfront. A perfect platform for Freddie’s food made from local produce. Bantry Bay fish, Barley Cove beef and mountain lamb from the butcher in nearby Goleen, Skeaghanore Duck from Ballydehob, Durrus cheese, Gubbeen chorizos, smoked hams and bacon lardons are just some of the ingredients he works with. Freddie’s own home cured Gravlax is made to a traditional Swedish recipe. Chris Jepson’s smoked salmon is no longer. Replaced by Burren Smokehouse fish, which Emma says comes closest in taste and textures to her father’s.  Lunch is a concise list of well priced offerings. Soups, sandwiches and mains,  with blackboard specials daily. Dinner is more sophisticated, but still with prices to suit all pockets. Emma and Freddie are well aware of today’s budget constraints when eating out. This is a place you’ll want to visit regularly when you are in the area – a place time seems to have forgotten. The clock stands still and idyllic surroundings make their mark. As does the pure and simple cooking reflecting it’s origins and the traditional seaside village pub atmosphere which prevails. (Open from Easter to late November)  

Visiting Information

Head Chef: 

Emma Jepson and Freddy Olsson

Cuisine: 

  • Irish Traditional / Seafood

Type: 

  • Pub or Bar

Facilities: 

  • Al fresco - Outdoor terrace / Car Parking

Suitable for: 

  • Family Friendly / Gardens & Walks
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | McCarthy's of Kanturk
    artisan_foods

    To say Jack McCarthy is a character is an understatement!

    Kanturk, Cork
  • artisan_foods

    A number of years ago, West Cork was lucky enough to be hit by the powerhouse that is Ruth Healy.

    Bandon, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Fishy Fishy Shop & Chippie
    artisan_foods

    Martin and Marie Shanahan are seafood heroes,  and their famous daytime restaurant in this pretty harbour town  was f

    Kinsale, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | On The Pigs Back Douglas
    artisan_foods

    On The Pig’s Back has been an essential ingredient of the English Market for years.  The place would be lost without

    Douglas, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Farmgate Midleton
    artisan_foods

    If there’s one thing Farmgate’s owner Máróg O’Brien possesses in abundance, it’s a passion for great food.

    Midleton, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Tom Durcan Meats
    artisan_foods

    Tom Durcan, craft butcher of over twenty five years experience, is a master of spiced beef. It has won him many honours. This fine Cork speciality is the underlining product at his butcher’s stall in the English market. Tom’s career began as a youngster, when he took a summer job in a butcher’s shop during school holidays. The experience proved invaluable. Working with an experienced butcher with his own slaughter house provided what Tom describes as a ‘fantastic education’ for the young novice in how to source animals, and the ground rules for good butchery.

    Cork, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Springfort Hall Shop & Cafe
    artisan_foods

    The brightly painted Springfort Hall shop front on the main street in Mallow is eye-catching and attractive.

    Mallow, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Artisan | Toons Bridge Dairy Food Shop
    artisan_foods

    Toon’s Bridge Dairy has become famous for it’s cheeses, made from milk supplied by local cow's and sheep's milk farme

    Macroom, Cork
  • artisan_foods

    Shannen Keane’s Diva Cafe and Coffee House in Ballinspittle is joined by Diva Deli and Bakery just across the road.

    Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Places to Stay | Hayfield Manor Hotel
    place_to_stay

    In the university district of Cork city, up a short road leading to a grand driveway lies Hayfield Manor Hotel.

    Cork, Cork
  • Affordable Relaxation at Jim Edwards
    place_to_stay

    You might just decide to make a night of it once you get to Jim Edward's, Dinner and room packages here can't be beaten!

    Kinsale, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Producers | Ummera Smoked Products
    food_producers

    Anthony Creswell's award winning Ummera Smokehouse situated in peaceful, rural West Cork, by the banks of the Argidee

    Timoleague, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Producer | Ryans Arbutus Bread
    food_producers

    Declan Ryan was well known some years ago as a chef/restaurateur.

    Cork, Cork
  • food_producers

    West Cork has long been a trailblazing region for new artisan food production. Toons Bridge Dairy takes it's name from the nearby bridge over the River Toon, in a small and picturesque hamlet in the Macroom countryside in West Cork.

    Cork
  • food_producers

    Skeaghanore duck meat is reared using natural farming methods which result in tender, tasty and succulent meat.

    Ballydehob, Cork
  • Good Food Ireland | Pubs and Bars | Cronin's Pub
    place_to_eat

    Lots of seafood to be enjoyed outside in summer, and in winter, doorstep sandwiches and comforting hot soups and stews.

    Crosshaven, Cork