Head to the rebel county and experience Ferrit & Lee, the Midleton restaurant which has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for March.
Selected by food writer Georgina Campbell and Bord Bia, the Just Ask Restaurant of the Month rewards eateries across Ireland that exhibit best practices in showing transparency in the sourcing of the food on their menus.
Pat Ferriter and Stephen Lee have energetically thrown themselves into Midleton’s vibrant food scene with much success.The cooking style at Ferrit & Lee is broadly modern Irish with some international influences, but the ingredients are very local – including seafood from Ballycotton and meats from local farms.
“We enjoy serving food produced in our region to our local and visiting customers,” say Pat and Stephen, who proudly state that all beef and lamb is sourced from East Cork farms, and they credit two butchers – Crowley’s Craft Butchers, Midleton and O’Brien Butchers, Carrigtwohill – as well as The Chicken Inn at the Old English Market and East Ferry Farm, near Midleton, who supply their poultry and duck.
While East Cork is famous for its excellent meats, superfresh seafood from Ballycotton harbour – supplied by Ballycotton Seafoods and Richard Guerin of Ballycotton – is also a major draw for diners.
Every plate is also enhanced by vegetables from County Cork’s rich farmland, supplied by The Village Greengrocer at Castlemartyr and Horizon Farms, Kinsale.
Eggs too, so often overlooked, are credited – to Midleton Eggs, from nearby Ballinacurra – and Ardsallagh Goat’s Cheese from Carrigtwohill, gets due mention too.
Beautifully cooked and presented, this is popular, accessible food yet with a fine dining edge – and a sense of place – to the style.
And, along with a well chosen wine list there are plenty of local drinks to accompany the tasty fare, like Stonewell Cider from Kinsale, beers from 8 Degree in Mitchelstown and Blacks of Kinsale. Also catering for coeliacs with a Saor gluten free beer brewed in Ballyvourney.
For more information and to plan your next visit, check out ferritandlee.ie.
This post is sponsored by Bord Bia and the Just Ask Campaign. For additional information on Just Ask or to find out how to get involved, visit www.bordbia.ie.