Popular Louth pub, Fitzpatrick’s of Jenkinstown has retained its listing in the 2017 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide just published.
The sole standard bearer for Louth, Fitzpatrick’s, described as a first class hostelry with a clientele that returns time after time, is one of twenty-five pubs from the Republic of Ireland and seven from Northern Ireland featured in the publication.
In overall terms, County Down leads the way with six listings followed by Cork with five, Clare with four and Kildare with three. Dublin, Galway and Mayo each received two listings with Antrim, Kerry, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow each having one listing.
Produced by leading tyre manufacturer Michelin - this year’s Guide recommends more than 500 pubs spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland of which 38 are new entries and all of which are selected, first and foremost, for the standard of their food.
Noting that the quality of cooking in some of these pubs rivals that of restaurants, Guide editor Rebecca Burr (who also edits the famed Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland) commented that: “We are increasingly witnessing how pubs can provide a platform for young chefs to start their own businesses, and how inventive these chefs can be, particularly when it comes to the sourcing of their ingredients.”