Rising Tide Restaurant, The
Telephone: +353 (0)21 435-3233
As a part time resident of Kinsale and a regular visitor to East Cork I guess you could say we are always on the whirl around looking for different places to eat in both areas. N...
How to get there
Located just 10 minutes from the Jack Lynch Tunnel. After coming out of the tunnel from the Mahon side, take the Midleton/Waterford road. Take the Little Island/Glounthaune exit and follow the signs to Glounthaune.
When you come to the Church in Glounthaune which will be on your left hand side, take an immediate right hand turn which will take you to the sleepy and tranquil village of Glounthaune on the estuary on the River Lee.
Good to know
Sunday - Saturday
Lunch & Dinner
Evening Menu 5pm-9.30pm
A La Carte:
Dinner Mains: €17.95-€29.95
Lunch Mains: €8.95-€12.50
5pm - 7.30pm
2/3 Course- €20-€25
Sunday Lunch: Yes
Children’s Menu: Yes
Number of Covers: 80
Credit Cards: Yes
About The Restaurant
As a part time resident of Kinsale and a regular visitor to East Cork I guess you could say we are always on the whirl around looking for different places to eat in both areas. Nowadays too we really like to dine in a more informal fashion than years ago and in that regard pubs and restaurants have really stepped up to the mark. Having not been in the Rising Tide for quite a while we suddenly found ourselves there a couple of times in the past few months and being the recipients of really good seafood in a friendly buzzy atmosphere.
The Rising Tide is a pub and restaurant in the village of Glounthaune, five miles east of Cork, on the old Cork Waterford road, and right on the estuary of the River Lee. You drive off the road down to the river’s edge, there is loads of parking, and there it is, looking cute as a button, backing onto the river. There is a bar to the front as you walk in with seating around the sides with, to the back, another dining area. Also, outside there are garden tables looking right down the river and great for casual food in summer.
Having originally been a pub per se, it has morphed over the past few years into a Gastropub in all the best sense of the word. It is owned and run by the effervescent Sandra Murphy, Seafood is the speciality of the house. Local and seasonal produce is the order of the day and their suppliers are listed on the menu.
Oysters from their seawater tank are a speciality of the house and you can have them au natural, or oven baked with garlic, herbs and lemon, or Oyster’s Rockefeller – love them. Mussels too are big at the Rising Tide and very popular as a starter or main course either baked with garlic and breadcrumbs or as Moules Mariniere steamed in white wine and cream, or what the French call ‘Mouclade’ style – curry – which here they have adapted to an aromatic Thai curry with coconut milk – yum.
Pan-fried prawns have lots of lovely garlic whilst Crosshaven brown crab is served as a tiab with lemon zest and dill mayo and lovely home made brown bread. Of course too there is always a good chunky chowder but you don’t have to eat fish. Breaded Ardsallagh Goats cheese is deep fried and served with a melon salad and Cumberland sauce, whilst Jack McCarthy from Kanturk supplies a great Wild Boar Black Pudding which is served with cider apple. Try the fishcakes – smoked haddock, cod and salmon – really nice.
When it comes to mains you can have anything from fish n’ chips to lobster – when available of course. Fish specials, as well as the regular menu, will be on the board. There might be Black Sole on the bone, pan seared and served with a rocket and sundried tomato topping, or maybe homemade monkfish scampi served with hand cut chips, salad, and a mango mayo. Wild boar black pudding is sometimes paired in a surf ‘n turf fashion with pan seared scallops – love that too. Fish ‘n Chips can be had two ways at the Rising Tide – either smoked haddock and cod in a beer batter with mush peas and homemade chips, or Southern fried goujons of hake on mixed leaves with a mango mayo and homemade chips.
They do pan seared hake topped with Crosshaven brown crab, and a lovely rich seafood pie with monkfish, smoked haddock, cod and salmon, in a leek sauce topped with mashed potato. There are steaks there for the ‘steak man’ – both a 10oz Aberdeen Angus sirloin and an 8 oz fillet – both with all the trimmings - Portobello mushroom, crispy onion rings, onion confit, herb mash or fries.
At lunchtime you can have great casual food such as bangers & mash, Thai chicken curry, Fish & Chips, Fish cake, a homemade 6 oz burger, a ‘Doorstep toasted sandwich’, or a lovely seafood platter of smoked salmon, tuna and prawns, with a Marie Rose sauce served on homemade brown bread. Sunday lunch is good too with something for everyone from roast sirloin of beef, to turkey and ham, Southern fried chicken – you might even like to try Southern fried frog’s legs.
Whatever you have, you will be well fed, in a friendly welcoming atmosphere, in a stunning location.
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