- By: Eanna
- On: 28/Aug/08
- In: Cork Travel Tips
If you're into your food, then the English Market in Cork city centre is a paradise. Offering a variety of food and produce from the four corners of Ireland, and indeed, from all over the world. You'll love its buzzing atmosphere, sights and smells and some of the usual produce up for grabs fresh fish, meat, breads, cheeses, traditional white and black-puddings, jams, pastries, fruit & veg, organic produce and much more. It's a great spot for a bargain and you'll also get to meet other food lovers that flock to the market. For further details please read on...
The English Food Market is a covered market, located right in the very heart of Cork city centre in a magnificent historic building dating back to 1788. It's surrounded by the main streets of Cork with access to the market from Oliver Plunket Street, Patrick Street, Grand Parade and Princes Street. Recently voted as one of 'The Top 10 Food Markets in Europe', a visit to The English Food Market is a must when in Cork
As you stroll through the colourful food stalls, take in the mouth-watering smells and sample the delights on offer. There are about 15-20 butchers on-site, working full time on the freshest of produce and proud founders of a popular and traditional meat called ‘Kaisler’. This consists of a cut of pork lion, brined and lightly smoked and then baked, this dish is usually served with boiled cabbage. Kay O’Connell’s Fishmongers is the largest fishmongers in the market and has a huge selection of fresh fish including salmon, trout, mackerel, prawns, mussels, bass to name a few, all from nearby fishing ports.
From chicken to duck eggs, Moynihan’s Poultry at the English Food Market has it. A trip to the Olive Stall is a must or browse through the Indian spices and oriental foods. There's also a huge selection of breads of all shapes and sizes, colours and textures, with dried fruits and raisins. For those with food allergies and food intolerances alternative produce is also available as well as natural remedies, vitamins and cures. When it comes to cheeses your mouth will water with the selection on offer from Strong Mullens Cheese, Coolea Cheese, Bandon Valle Cheese; a member of the cheddar family, Arhahan Cheese; similar to Brie, Carrigaline Cheese; a reblochon type of cheese and not to forget the many goats cheeses, blue and cottage cheeses on offer.
The English Market is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, operating hours are from 9am to 5.30pm, here you'll experience the constant hustle and bustle throughout the day with massive crowds purchasing the very best of food produce and sampling the very best of Irish Culinary Tradition.
Why not take a well deserved break and relax and take in the atmosphere of The English Food Market with a visit to The Farmgate Café, overlooking the food market, or it’s many restaurants? Or really treat yourself with a visit to the Chocolate Shop, or perhaps a healthier option would be one of the Smoothie Bars. You can also purchase books, souvenirs, vintage clothing and artwork at the English Food Market.
The English Food Market in Cork comes highly recommended so when in Cork give this market a visit and spoil those taste buds and for the very adventurous why not sample a Cork delicacy of Dirsheen and Tripe?