I couldn’t wait to visit Blairscove Restaurant near Durrus. Chris Woodward, son in law of the owners Philippe and Sabine De Mey, attended the Ballymaloe Cookery Course at the same time as me, and I had promised him, and his wife Anne that we would visit. So we did. To be fair a Bank Holiday in West Cork is always a busy place, but we got the booking in early, and arrived hungry after a days orienteering.
The view when you park is worth stopping for. That evening the weather was stormy, but dry, and the true spirit of the sea was evident! No picture as was too hungry.
Anne is renowned for her cocktails, so it would have been rude not to partake… Who doesn’t love a glass of Elderflower Royale?
The starter buffet was always going to be a winner. Amy introduced everything to us, and it was almost impossible to decide. I was very restrained, unlike some others I could mention. Star dish of the buffet for me were the oysters.
We had each ordered something different for main course. And it took quite a while to decide. Blairscove are famous for grilling the local produce on the roaring fire grill in the dining room, it didn’t disappoint. My lamb was so tender, and the unusual sounding aubergine cheesecake accompaniment gave a touch of bitterness to the sweet lamb. I had seen the first of the lambs running around in the Spring when I visited for the first time, and the lovely layer of fat is testament to the lush grass of the area.
Robert made an excellent choice in the turbot, and it was served on a really beautiful dish, lucky for Anne I had only a small handbag with me….
Nigel had the sticky pork belly, lightly spiced, it lost none of its pork flavour.
And then dessert, our server introduced all the delights, and then we had to choose.
I have to admit, my eyes were bigger than my belly. But really, how could you resist? There was a distinct quiet at the table while the sweet delicacies were being “inhaled”. My nephew said it was the best rice pudding he’d ever had. Praise indeed from a child who’s mother cooks a rice pudding to die for.
Robert thought it was one of the best meals he’d ever had. This is from the guy who has eaten in the Fat Duck.
Nigel said any restaurant that had the buffet of that calibre for the starter was a winner in his eyes.
And as for me? I was delighted to catch up with friends, as I knew the food was going to be as good as reported. We plan to return in September, and hopefully spend more than an evening. As an aside we had great fun playing “beat the intro”, the pianist, who I believe had been paying there for years, was a real added bonus to the ambience.
Go there. Book it now. Tell them I sent you.