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What They Say About Us

Quote:  -  Rick Stein, OBE, English chef, Restauranteur and Television Presenter.

"In my opinion this is the best covered market in the UK and Ireland."

Quote:  -  Darina Allen, Irish chef, TV personality and founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School. 

“The English Market is totally unique.  The produce, the stallholders, the cafes….how fortunate are we to have a facility that so many others envy.  It’s the place to find a taste of real Cork and we all love and treasure it.”

Quote: - Brendan O'Connor, Journalist and Broadcaster. 

"The English Market is one of the many things that makes Cork unique and ranks it up there with the great cities of Europe. In a world of overpriced, charmless and often tasteless gourmet food, the old English Market is truly a food lovers delight. Real food for real food lovers. None of your poncy pretentiousness, just really good tasty food for ordinary people. The palate of the average Cork person is better than that of any snobby gourmet. They don't buy good food to impress, they buy it because they like it. The English Market is one of the last real experiences in a country that has lost all connection to what food is really about. And that is love. Love for yourself and your family. And Cork people certainly love themselves."

Quote:  -  Ross Lewis, Michelin Chef, Chapter One Restaurant. 

"For me, The English Market in Cork has always been the stomach and soul of Cork City.  It provides nourishment for both as well as the, nearly forgotten, community side of food trading.  It’s great to have a chat and to look into the eyes of the person selling to you. The market is a true gem!" 

Lonely Planet: 

"The wonderful market is a self-caterer's paradise with so many tasty delicacies to choose from it's hard to show restraint."

The Bridgestone Guide: 

“The most remarkable thing about Cork’s English Market, beyond its diversity – which is on a par with any French market you have idled through in envy – is its intrinsic regionalness. Preserving its own ancient traditions seems to have emboldened Cork to espouse those of its nearer neighbours.”


"The English Market" in Cork City is an amazing shopping destination and, even more, an interesting cultural destination, just off the main shopping streets of central Cork City.