Farmgate Cafe

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Princes Street
The English MarketCork
Ireland

Overview

Owner Kay Harte has long since being committed to local food, purchasing produce from the market below for her daily menus. Like her sister Máróg O'Brien of Farmgate Restaurant and Country Store in nearby Midleton, Kay Harte is committed to producing dishes with a local flavour, and which reflect the bounty of the famous food market beneath. The café enjoys splendid views from its galleried perch, high in the apex of this old and historical building. And you can't but help soak up the bustling atmosphere as you dine.   

Kay's food message is straightforward. Irish dishes are executed in simple, traditional fashion, with a contemporary edge. The menu uses market produce, with suppliers named daily on the dining room blackboard. Home reared and cured meats like corned beef and corned leg of mutton are brought in from market butchers, many of whom rear their own livestock, to be given the Farmgate treatment of long slow cooking before serving with parsley or caper sauce, floury local spuds with butter, and spring cabbage cooked in the meat stock, just like Granny did it. Local treasures like tripe and drisheen also feature. Catch of the Day is jumping with freshness, and treated simply. Kay's daughter Rebecca Harte has now stepped into her mother's famous shoes as manager of this longstanding restaurant. Farmgate's traditions remain, though some things have changed a little. A serve over buffet selection is displayed on one side of the balcony. Hot soup, sandwiches, fresh oysters and other light bites make for quick dining for customers in a hurry.

The restaurant on the other side of the balcony remains a table service experience, with the daily menu on the blackboard. Here is the place to sit a while, where chatter and local news is as much a part of the dining experience as the food.  Wine is a serious business also, with a list as conscientiously sourced as the kitchen produce. Farmgate's head wine waiter is very much into his bottles and great at recommendations. A well chosen selection by glass or bottle match the local meats and fish. 

We always say the hardest thing to do is keep it simple in the kitchen - it relies on the freshest of ingredients to start with. But the Farmgate team do this superbly, day in, day out. An iconic dining destination in Cork city.   

Visiting Information

Head Chef: 

Edward Camlin

Opening Hours: 

Monday: 8:30-17:00
Tuesday: 8:30-17:00
Wednesday: 8:30-17:00
Thursday: 8:30-17:00
Friday: 8:30-17:00
Saturday: 8:30-17:00
Sunday: Closed

Menu

BREAKFAST

From the kitchen, served with tea or coffee and toast, until 11.00

  • Market breakfast: Bacon, sausage, tomato, fried egg, mushrooms & pudding - €12.00
  • Fried or scrambled eggs with toast - €7.50: with bacon & grilled tomato - €9.00 or with Old Millbank Organic Smoked Salmon - €11.50
  • Omelette: with Mushrooms - €9.50 or with Smoked Organic Salmon - €12.00

​From the counter, until 11.30

  • Freshly squeezed orange juice - €2.50
  • Fruit or brown scone with Irish Butter and Preserves - €2.50
  • Croissant with Irish Butter and Preserves - €2.50
  • Natural organic yoghurt: with Local Honey and Nuts - €4.00 or with Granola and Fruit Compote - €4.50
  • Organic porridge with Local Honey and Cream or with Local Honey, Toasted Nuts and Seeds - €3.50
  • Grilled field mushrooms, roast tomato on sourdough toast - €5.00
  • Breakfast Baps are served with Tea or Coffee: Market Butcher Rashers or Sausages or Roast Flat Mushroom & Free-range Egg or Breakfast Special (all of the above) - €7.50

​LUNCH

Starters

  • Fish Chowder - €5.00 / €7.50
  • Rock Oysters - 6 for €9.50 /  12 for €17.50
  • Soup of the Day - €6.00
  • House Terrine - €7.00
  • St. Tola Goat’s Cheese with Roasted Beetroot (V) - €7.50
  • House Fish Plate with Old Millbank Organic Smoked Salmon & pickled herrings - €8.00
  • Tripe & Onions, with Drisheen - €5.50 /  €11.00

Fish

  • Catch of the Day, see the blackboard when you visit the café

Meat

  • Lamb’s Liver & Bacon - €13.50
  • Lemon & Thyme Free-range Chicken - €13.50
  • Irish Lamb Stew  - €13.50
  • Traditional Pork Sausages, Mash, Lentils & Bacon - €12.50
  • Market Meat of the Day, see the blackboard when you visit the café

Tart and salads

  • Savoury Tart of the Day (V) - €13.50
  • St. Tola Goat’s Cheese & Roasted Beetroot Salad (V) - €12.50

WINE AND DRINKS

Aperitifs, white wine, red wine, sparkling wine, rose, cider, porter, ale, beer, stout, minerals, juices

 

Cuisine: 

  • Irish Modern / Irish Traditional / Vegetarian

Facilities: 

  • All major credit cards accepted / WiFi
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