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Lava Rock’s on Castle Street (park down by the castle, which can also be visited) and has been gathering good reviews and awards since it opened four years ago. With the kitchen open to the main room of the restaurant, we could see the attention to detail and that showed too on the appetising plates. Lunch was very enjoyable and I’m sure that the evening meals would be even more so.
Choices aren't as expansive in the middle of the day but still they had plenty to offer. One section is called Express. From it you may order Soup of the Day and various sandwiches (Chicken Strip or Pulled Beef for example).
The main lunch menu has a few more substantial dishes including Fish and Chips, Roast Chicken Supreme, and Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Tortellini.
We went for the beef, the Slow Braised Beef Rib in my case. It came with baked potato mash and seasonal vegetables, very well cooked and full of attractive flavour, a delicious jus and a crunchy selection of crunchy vegetables (carrot, baby corns and sugar snaps).
CL’s pick was the Char-grilled Burger, packed with excellent beef in a brioche bun. Red cheddar cheese, burger sauce of course, lettuce and the outstanding roast beetroot slaw completed an attractive plateful. And in addition, the chunky house fries were delicious.
They don't have a bar here but you may bring your own wine. We asked for a cordial, maybe something like an Elderflower fizz. They didn’t have that nor did they have the Apple Farm’s outstanding sparkling apple juice but they did have their still apple juice and that too is a lovely drink at mid-day on a warm Wednesday. The nearby Apple Farm, by the way, would be our final visit on the way home and we left with a box full of drinks, jams, fruits and more. Read about that day-trip here.
But back to the lunch and the sweet finalé. I enjoyed my Baked Strawberry Alaska (with strawberry cream, marinated strawberries and lemon curd), soft and lush and an overall delight.
CL’s Rhubarb Almond Tart was another well presented dessert (that attention to detail again) andserved with orange crème anglaise and vanilla ice cream, another sweet winner.
This restaurant is just a few minutes off the motorway and you may also linger in the town. If you are early for lunch, why not visit the castle? Check my account here. And if you’d like to walk off those desserts afterwards, stroll down to the nearby and rather famous Swiss Cottage - read my short account here.
some exceptional plum jam at lunchtime. Spread it out on some pieces of a
sliced bloomer from ABC in the English Market and..Wow!!.
the jam last week from the Apple Farmin
Tipperary. Just brilliant. If you can’t find it in stock in Cork, drive up to
Cahir. It is only up the road. Worth it! It is very easy to get to and
something to do on a bad day.
shop is on the edge of Con Trass’ fruit farm and is a few miles outside of Cahir
on the main road to Clonmel. Of course, you may also buy online.
makes one of my all time favourite Irish drinks: Sparkling Apple Juice. They were
actually bottling some of it as I visited.
up on that (plus one of Sparkling Apple
and Blackcurrant Juice) and also
loads of the well known Karmine Apple Juice. Jars and jars of jam: apple,
strawberry and that fabulous plum!
apple harvest doesn’t begin until later this month and we were between strawberry
pickings and there were none ready but should be there in abundance this week.
But there were lots of those plums and we got a pack or two.
we were on the road with two big boxes full of fruit drinks, jam and fruit. Apples have been grown in this area for
hundreds of years, and since 1968, Con Trass has been planting more orchards to
increase supply. Read all about this fascinating venture here. Every
county should have at least one fruit farm like this. Maybe Con might start a