BY JACKIE KEOGH
AN article in a UK daily paper has put The Snug bar and restaurant in Bantry in pole position with some of the best restaurants in Britain.
Best, that is, for Sunday roasts. All the tops chefs in the UK have identified their favourite places to enjoy a good heart-warming, rib-sticking, Sunday roast.
The fabulous Michel Roux Junior recommends Bistro Union in Clapham and the equally fabulous but fastidious Tom Kitchin opts for The Strathearn at Gleneagles, Perthshire.
It was Ballydehob-resident, food writer, and chef, Trish Deseine, who put The Snug in Bantry on this particular gastro map – published in The Telegraph newspaper – and not without good reason.
For decades The Snug has consistently served good, flavoursome food and plenty of it – real man-sized portions. Its enduring appeal was described by one regular customer as: ‘Simply the best.’
He said: ‘A proper Sunday lunch, with all the trimmings, is real treat. And lucky for us we can have it every day of the week in Bantry.’
The Telegraph ran the piece after the BBC’s Good Food found it to be Britain’s favourite meal, ahead of curries or even fish ‘n’ chips.
Trish Deseine chose The Snug as her favourite spot for Sunday lunch, but not just on Sundays.
She said The Snug is the place to be when it is ‘mashed potato weather.’
She said there is ‘nothing trendy’ about this traditional pub. Its charm is in that it is ‘a truly typical, cosy Irish pub clad in dark wood’ that serves the finest roast lamb, beef or chicken with proper mash (three scoops), plentiful gravy and fresh steamed root vegetables.’
The other thing that Trish really likes about it is that ‘lunch’ is served from 12 noon to 9pm so ‘whether you’re skipping breakfast after a late night, or eating late after a long hike, you can fit your day around it.’ Yum.