While we were holidaying in East Cork, we ventured into Midleton one morning. We visited the Jameson Distillery and did the tour and afterwards had a walk through the town to seek out a spot for lunch. I had received some recommendations, and the one that kept coming up again was Farmgate. So in we went…
At the front Farmgate is a bakery and store, selling all sorts of nice things… breads, cakes, scones, jams, chutneys, mostly local products along with a selection of wines.
Then as you go towards the back it opens into a bright and airy restaurant / cafe space. We arrived around 12, so it was quiet enough with a few people finishing up coffees and scones and the start of the lunch folk. The menu is big, with lots of daily specials too. Soups, chowder, salads, mussels, pasta, pies… definitely something for everyone here. Nice wine list too and as we were on holidays we decided to have a carafe of white wine with our lunch (€18).
To start we shared a bowl of mussels (€10), possibly the biggest mussels I’ve seen; plump & full of flavour… perfect light start to lunch. I followed this with one of the specials, a chicken pasta dish (€14) while he chose the sausages with mashed potato & red onion gravy (€13). Two nice warm and comforting dishes as it was a bit grey and rainy out that day. Both dishes were excellent. The pasta came with toasted garlic bread also. The quality for the ingredients they use at Farmgate really comes through. Simple presentation with all the focus on the food. Our total bill with a couple of diet cokes also came to €59.
Farmgate has a somewhat rustic feel, lots of wood, a little mismatched furniture, it feels natural though as opposed to the contrived rustic you find in some places. It just works and has a lovely atmosphere and feel about it. There was a table full of desserts and cakes but we had no room! Pity as they all looked amazing…
We didn’t leave it there though and purchased a nice bag of things before we left – wines, cheese, chutneys and eclairs for an afternoon treat (well we didn’t have any dessert after all!). Like most places with their ‘artisan’ and ‘gourmet’ foodstuffs, you will pay more than mainstream shops but you’re getting quality products and nice treats!
I know when I’m in Midleton again I will be making a beeline for Farmgate… Enjoy!
Farmgate Restaurant & Country Store | Coolbawn, Midleton, co.Cork, Ireland |021 463 27 71 | firstname.lastname@example.org