Pepperstack Bistro @ Rosie's Bar, The
Martin & Imelda Budden
Lower Aghada, Midleton,
Telephone: +353 (0)21 4661371
I have a great fondness for East Cork and we spend a lot of time in the area and as a consequence we also spend a lot of time in local restaurants, of which there is a great vari...
How to get there
At Midleton main street turn right on St.Mary's road (signposted Whitegate). At roundabout take 2nd exit. Follow R630 Until reaching exit for Aghada
Good to know
Tues-Thurs: 12:30 - 8:30
Fri-Sat: 12:30 - 9:15
Sun: 12:30 - 7:00
Cuisine: Modern Irish Bistro
A La Carte: Mains: €14:50 - €23:50
Table d’Hote: No (except for groups)
Value Menu: 5:00 - 8:30, Mon/Tues €10 main course
Sunday Lunch: Yes
Children’s Menu: Yes
Number of Covers: 110: 70 upstairs, 40 downstairs
Wheelchair Facilities: Yes
Credit Cards: Yes
Private Dining Facilities: Yes
About The Restaurant
I have a great fondness for East Cork and we spend a lot of time in the area and as a consequence we also spend a lot of time in local restaurants, of which there is a great variety, and most of which are excellent, and offer good cooking, lots of seafood, and good value.
Aghada is somewhat off the beaten track as you whizz along the N25 to Cork, unless you were in the know like the locals – and you are now in the know. Aghada or Ath Fhada means “long ford” which is similar to the Nordic fjords. It is a beautiful area situated on the Easter side of Cork Harbour and only 20 miles from Cork City. It is well worth the little detour and a lovely spin down along the coast.
On the waters edge at Aghada is The Pepperstack Bistro @ Rosie’s Bar, doing great gastro and bistro grub. Marin and Imelda Budden are the great friendly and welcoming folk here with Chef Patron of the Bistro, Martin, cooking up a storm in the kitchen and Imelda at front of house. This is a great amalgamation of lovely old world pub, Rosie’s Bar owned by Rose & Vince O’Keeffe, and Martin and Imelda’s great comforting eatery.
It’s the sort of food that we all love today, modern with eclectic twists. Slow roasted crispy pork belly is rubbed with sea salt, grain mustard, fresh herbs and garlic and orange, and served with a red wine and rosemary jus and an aniseed and orange glaze.
Crispy fried Tempura prawns are always popular served on a hot and sour, Bell pepper and tomato sauce, with an oriental dipping sauce on the side. The ever popular flash fried calamari rings are there served with a lime, chilli and Nam-pla dip, and they also do a lovely homemade chicken liver pate with Cumberland sauce and warm toast, which Brendan likes.
You will get a great steak here hot off the grill, 8oz fillet or 10 oz sirloin, well priced, and served with your choice of creamy peppercorn, wild mushroom and red wine sauces, or garlic butter. They also do a whopping great 10 oz beef burger, with which you can have the same sauces, and it also comes with a peppered red onion marmalade. If you like Asian food they have a delicious Thai Red Chicken curry with Thai scented rice as well as a chicken stir fry with crisp vegetables and their own delicious blended Oriental sauce with aromas of coriander and ginger. There is lots of fish – depends of the day. It might be panfried medallions of monkfish in garlic butter with a Bell pepper and white wine piquant sauce, or grilled fillet of salmon with lemon and herbs. They also do a selection of baked seafood, which is delicious seasoned with lemon and fresh herbs. You can also get the every popular posh fish ‘n chips which here is a fresh fillet of cod coated in their own batter. At lunchtime they do many of the above dishes which can be had as starters or mains including the calamari, plus a Thai style warm beef salad, marinated in chilli, coriander, lemongrass and lime, wok fried, and served on a mixed leaf salad. They do a lovely seafood chowder served with homemade breadm and a daily pasta special served with homemade garlic bread. They also have an extensive ‘Specials Board’ which changes with the day and the season.
Don’t forget to leave room for puds – Warm Death by Chocolate with homemade ice-cream, homemade lemon tart, Baldwin’s homemade ice-cream, and a great bread and butter pudding served with Crème Anglaise.
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