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3 Main Street
CaherciveenKerry
Ireland

Overview

Husband and wife team Kate and Andrew Cooke opened QC's Seafood Townhouse, Bar and Restaurant in Caherciveen back in 2000, and have been one of the most popular places to stop and eat on the Ring of Kerry  ever since. This pretty coastal village has plenty of access to great seaviews a short stroll away down the street. Kate's family - the Quinlans - are in the fishing business,  so the Cookes can rely on the best and freshest of fish for this restaurant specialising in local seafood. Come here on a sunny summer day and find the place buzzing with visitors to the area. On a winter evening,  as the wind blows and the rain pours, QC;s makes a welcome respite from the weather. Whatever time of year you come, you'll find Kate Cooke performing her hostess duties with efficiency and style. She has a natural way with customers and everyone feels welcome and looked after.  Andrew may well also be in attendance front of house. If he's not, he's probably out skippering his boat for a visitor group. He says there's no better way to see the Kerry coastline than from the water and we'd tend to agree. Talk to him for local yachting knowledge and weather conditions, plus the possiblity of chartering his boat  by arrangement in season, and getting that prime view of this beautiful part of the country.  Good way to work up an appetite for the fantastic seafood that awaits on return to QC'sQC's has moved from it's original pub restaurant bracket to a full blown, chic casual restaurant dining room. That doesn;'t mean you can't sit up at the bar and enjoy a pint if you wish. But the food here attracts and it probably won't be long before you're tempted to browse the menu. A blackboard menu shows all the day's offerings and specials.  Head Chef Eddie Gannon likes to keep things simple. Best of the catch from the Quinlan family boats, with local shellfish like Valentia crab and lobster on the menu in season. Fancy sauces aren't Eddie's thing - he keeps fflavours clean, using fresh chillies, herbs, tomatoes and other vibrant fresh produce enhancing his cooking. There's always a soup of the day among the appetisers and some Quinlan own home smoked Irish organic salmon too. All menu selections are dictated by time of year and what's available. Mains are an eclectic mix of dish styles,  with fresh hake, mussels, brill and monkfish usually featuring. Meats include Irish pork and locally reared beef. Finish off with a house dessert. This restaurant does what it says on the tin - feeds people very well indeed with conscientiously sourced seafood, local meats and seasonal vegetable accompaniments, put together with super cooking skills and non fussy presentation. .A full wine compliment for the food, plus full bar service. Wines are chosen with fish in mind, but you'll also find some big reds for the meat dishes. If you are spending a few days in the area QC's also have a magnificent townhouse accommodation where the same sassy interior decor and attention to detail is applied. (See separate review). A short break with Kate and Andrew gives an opportunity to explore some outdoor pursuits too. Andrew has programmes for golfers and those who like to take to the land with a shotgun! Townhouse accommodation plus golf packages at Waterville Golf Links or Dooks Golf Club, available on request  Shooting breaks provide opportunities to bag snipe, woodcock, pheasant, pigeon and duck in season, in some of Kerry's most scenic bog and woodland locations.  The QC's ' you shoot it, we'll cook it!'  policy means shooting parties get to taste the efforts of their labours.  QC's also caters for private gatherings and intimate weddings. 

Visiting Information

Michelin Star: 

No

Head Chef: 

Eddy Gannon
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