Sumptuous Seafood Feasting
Jim Edwards Bar
Jim Edwards Restaurant
Make A Night Of It
Jim Edwards is a part of the Kinsale scenery. This is one of the original bars of a town which has the sea at its heart. Located on Market Quay, off the main thoroughfare but just a short walk from the centre of town – this is the perfect spot to soak up the traditional seaside welcome of a place known for its gourmet status. Kinsale takes a lot of beating in that sense – and the food at Jim Edwards has added to that reputation for over 40 years. Still owned and run by the Edwards family, Jim has now retired more or less, but his sons Liam and Kevin and daughter Maeve are very much at the helm. The family welcome is a big part of the charm here. Downstairs in the bar, nautical themes abide in the décor and the atmosphere is buzzy and vibrant, with live music some nights.
A casual dining menu is served every day. Always there’s a homemade soup of the day and the famous Chowder with Garlic bread. Grab a bowl if you’re starving or a cup if you’re just peckish. Snacks include homemade chicken liver pâté with Cumberland sauce or a half dozen of Kinsale Oysters served either natural or steamed with a buttery Beurre Blanc sauce. More substantial fish and meat dishes too – kept simple to appreciate the ingredients.
Of course fish abounds in this setting. Martin Shanahan cooked in these kitchens in his youth, still remains a long-time family friend, and was influential in advising on menu dishes, so you know things are going to be good. Oysters appear here as a first course served with Tabasco sauce, lemon and black pepper – absolutely divine – you won’t taste better than anywhere. They come from just round the bay where the waters of the Atlantic are clean, providing the right environment for production. Mussels are also grown nearby too and served on the half shell with garlic breadcrumbs.
If you decide to make a night of it – rooms are upstairs from the bar area, although very quiet. Interior design is simple but it does the job – comfy beds, ensuite shower facilities, TV and tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms ensure you have a pleasurable stay. Dinner and room packages here can’t be beaten – the very reasonable price includes one night’s bed and breakfast and dinner in the restaurant. Breakfast is served in the restaurant, and includes a buffet of cereals, fresh fruit with natural yogurt, freshly squeezed orange juice and scones from the local bakery up the road. The full Irish is filling and satisfying or for a lighter morning bite, try the Irish smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Good Food Ireland is delighted to have Jim Edwards on board as a member – the ethos here has always been to serve local food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere and they do that very well indeed.