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Top Choice Cafe in Bantry

Manning's Emporium

This gourmet deli and cafe is an Aladdin's cave of West Cork's finest food. Tasting plates are the best way to sample the local artisan produce and farmhouse cheeses on offer. Foodie events take place regularly. It'…
Top Choice Cafe in Bantry


This bright and lively wholefood shop and cafe serves tinglingly fresh salads, sandwiches and soups, and lunch specials such as falafel platter with hummus and tahini. Great coffee and cakes too.
Historic Building in Bantry

Bantry House & Garden

With its melancholic air of faded gentility, 18th-century Bantry House makes for an intriguing visit. From the Gobelin tapestries in the drawing room to the columned splendour of the library, it conjures up a lost w…
Seafood in Bantry

O'Connors Seafood Restaurant

West Cork scallops with black pudding and smoked cauliflower purée; Castletownbere cod pan-roasted and topped with Irish-made feta cheese and truffle oil; Bantry Bay mussels done four ways: these are among the innov…
Market in Bantry

Bantry Market

Wolfe Tone Sq takes on a heady mix of aromas for the Friday market. Fresh fruit, veg, bread, cheese, and other local produce fill most stalls, but there's also clothing, bric-a-brac and farming tools. The market mor…
Seafood in Bantry

Fish Kitchen

This outstanding little restaurant above a fish shop does seafood to perfection, from the live-tank local oysters (served with lemon and Tabasco sauce) to Bantry Bay mussels in white wine. If you don't fancy sea far…
Music in Bantry

West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Evening concerts held over a week at Bantry House, during which the house closes to the public. The garden, craft shop and tea room remain open.
Pub in Bantry

Ma Murphy's

You can still buy cornflakes and sugar at this time-warp grocery-pub, open since 1840. The regulars are always up for a chat.
Pub in Bantry


One of the best bars for music, Crowley's has traditional bands on Wednesday nights.
Literature in Bantry

West Cork Literary Festival

A week's worth of readings, workshops, talks by famous authors, and children's events.