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OverviewScannells Pub is a traditional Irish bar where you can relax by the turf fire and enjoy delicious fresh seafood and local produce its The Lunchroom restaurant.
The Lunchroom in Scannells Pub is a gem of a place to enjoy fresh seafood, Clonakilty pudding, locally-reared beef and much more from a delicious menu that changes daily.
Offering a choice of main courses from fresh crab salad to their West Cork steak bap; soups such as smoked chicken or potato and thyme served with homemade brown bread; and sandwiches with West Cork gammon, Dubliner cheese, tomato, onion and mayonnaise, the variety of dishes is simply mouthwatering. The food is all served with a warm welcome in a relaxed atmosphere.
Clonakilty is a lively town with colourful houses and traditional shop fronts that create a vibrant seaside feel in this West Cork outpost. The long sandy beaches of Inchydoney lie just a few kilometres’ drive away – great for a bracing walk to admire one of the most scenic spots of this beautiful region. But, before that, you’ll be wanting some refreshment and sustenance, and down a small side street in the centre of town Scannells Pub provides that in spades.
Scannells Pub serves lunch Monday to Friday, with local produce at the heart of the menu. Good Food Ireland butcher Michael O’Neill – whose shop is a few hundred yards walk away in Clonakilty town – supplies all the meat, fish comes from a Baltimore fisherman turned fishmonger and vegetable accompaniments are sourced from small holders in West Cork. These are organic and chemical free growers who aren’t frightened of experimenting with new things in the garden. Here you have a concise menu full of regional tastes and the freshest of ingredients.
Scannells is a time-honoured Irish pub, with middle of the day eating part of the attraction. A cosy fire in the front lounge sends the peaty aromas of Irish turf into the air; there’s nothing like that smell for making you feel welcome and at home. The lounge extends to the rear to a heated covered terrace. In the summer months, further seating beyond the terrace allows for al fresco dining and drinking when the sun shines.
In food terms, a blackboard and printed table menus display the daily specials. All are based on seasonal availability. O’Neill’s well-aged steak, from Irish Angus cattle reared on the hills over Inchydoney, features in a sandwich with home-cut chips – a popular choice and almost always available. Other dishes are planned according to what comes in the door at delivery time. There’s usually a fresh fish dish and a veggie special among the six or so mains in the selection. For lighter eating, choose a well-filled sandwich on homemade brown bread – it could be a Cork cheddar with O’Neill’s gammon or a spiced beef Reuben or free range egg mayo. A short list of puddings are all made in-house. The Chocolate Nemesis (the best chocolate cake ever!) is an all-time favourite and quite the best we’ve tasted for some while.
Scannell’s provides a full bar service with beers, spirits, and wines by the glass. But this is a pub where you’d probably opt for a pint of the black stuff with the beef, and a draught or bottled beer with the lighter dishes. Afterwards, enjoy freshly made coffee or tea with your dessert. Bellies full, that walk on the beach beckons!
The ever-changing menu, based on ingredients available local that differ by the day, is testament to Scannels policy to support its community and showcase homegrown, seasonal delights to its visitors.
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