Cronins Pub & Mad Fish Restaurant

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Overview

At Cronin’s Pub & Mad Fish Restaurant you can enjoy lots of local seafood treats including chowder, mussels and oysters. You can eat inside in the cosy dining room or al fresco on the lovely terrace area.

Dining

Taste the ocean in this relaxed and comfortable pub and restaurant, which offers the freshest of locally-sourced seafood. Cronin’s is located so close to the waterfront that it makes for an attractive gourmet destination for sailors from Cork yacht club who moor up to come here to refresh after a day on the water. There a table seating area to the rear of the building for those who want to enjoy the food and soak up the traditional pub atmosphere and there is a lovely outdoor area for those who want to soak up the sun.

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Food lovers flock in their droves to Cronin’s in Crosshaven. This landmark building, built in 1892 and once a grand old hotel, is home to the Cronin family and is ideally situated in the heart of the village. Since it’s very near to the sailing club, this pub attracts a huge boating crowd, especially during summer regattas and the biennial Cork Week. It makes for a terrific atmosphere.

Cronin’s has a traditional feel and lots of original features including working fireplaces and a polished wooden bar. Its walls are crammed with photographs and memorabilia that are sure to please the sailing contingent and there is a special corner for boxing fans that has pictures of the greats as well as various boxing souvenirs to admire.

Sean Cronin is the second generation of the family to run the pub with his wife Thecla since the 70s. Between them, they have steadily built a regular clientele, due in no small way to Thecla’s fantastic cooking skills. Nowadays though, the culinary side is left mostly to son Denis, a trained chef who is at the helm of the kitchen. He’s continuing his mother’s tradition for good home cooking using local, fresh, seasonal produce including lots of vegetables and herbs from their own garden.

Bar food here highlights the best of local seafood and in keeping with its seaside location lunch is served from midday. The menu is seasonal, but one favourite dish always available is Thecla’s famous seafood chowder – a light and flavoursome broth packed with fresh fish according to availability. The chowder is so popular a riot would probably start if it was removed from the menu. Oysters from nearby Oysterhaven also make an appearance, served au naturel with homemade soda bread, while local mussels are served stuffed with garlic crumbs. There’s smoked fish from West Cork and in the height of the summer there is a special of Ballycotton whole crab claws served with garlic butter and crab picks, so you can really get stuck in.

Cronin’s also incorporates the Mad Fish Restaurant, which is set in an annexed room to the rear of the pub. This runs a full seafood-based à la carte menu for those who want to enjoy a more formal setting in the evenings.


Sustainability

This traditional family pub focuses on bringing quality food to the community creating fresh, homemade meals, using local suppliers, and sustainably-sourced products including fish caught in Irish waters. The same sustainable ethos applies to the click and collect service which uses sustainable packaging.


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