One of Cork's best loved eateries, the Farmgate uses fresh, locally produced foods to create meals that emphasize simplicity, eschewing current ... More
One of Cork's best loved eateries, the Farmgate uses fresh, locally produced foods to create meals that emphasize simplicity, eschewing current fashions and trends in favour of a more traditional approach. Specialities include traditional Cork tripe and drisheen, lamb's liver and bacon, and Clonakilty black pudding savoury tart. There are two vegetarian options daily, one of which is always vegan. Located in the English Market, one can choose to sit in the atrium, allowing a view of this busy market in progress, or in the more formal restaurant. There's a substantial amount of modern art on display: including some fine pieces of sculpture by Michael Quane, who has been described as "Ireland's young Rodin".
Had dinner one evening (may 09) and the food was indeed nice but the service was awful, rude, slow and inconsiderate towards customers. I won't be returning I suggest you save yourself the disappointment and don’t go.
Recently had lunch in the FarmGate Midleton. The Warm Chicken salad was one of the worst I have ever eaten. The chicken was hard the the greens swimming in strong soy sauce. Our server was run off her feet and as a result took over 20 minutes to take our order and at least 30 minutes before getting our food. We had to go to the register to pay without ever receiving a bill. very poor!
Its location overlooking the English market, a haven for foodies, is ideal, if a little cramped. The acoustics of the building allowed you to hear the charming pianist quite clearly thru-out the restaurant without it being overly loud/quiet.
The food itself was average enough, I had a smoked salmon salad: the salmon was excellent, but the salad was very plain. My nephew had the sheppard pie, it was very bland and very salty. I'm not a gourmet but all i could taste off the mince was something similar to a knorr stock cube.
All in all I'd give is 6.5 out of ten.
The food is classic Irish. The service is exactly what "Cafe" dining should be; efficient,relaxed,and cordial.This is truly a must visit for anyone looking for real irish fare with a Munster influence.
when i was sat on the plane reading about the farmgate cafe in the english market i had a strange image of a greasy spoon.
how i was wrong! this cafe is a must to visit while in cork i'd recommened stopping off there for some coffee and cake to give your feet a rest! a i shared a wonderful fruit crumble with cream with my mum over some coffee. it was very relaxing and a very good place to people watch . they had a good variety of food and it all looked lovely . I didnt try the restaurant but it was bust on a tuesday afternoon about 3ish so it must be good. Brillant! one way to rest your weary feet
The chowder and shepard's pie are just too good! We sat down at the bar, overlooking the market, ordered some lattes and had lunch there. The energy in the market was palpable and we could honestly tell the food was from the market. Just an incredible experience - not to be missed.
The farmgate in the English Market is an altogether different experience. The food is of excellent quality and the few is fantastic. So if you like like good food and people watching its the spot to eat lunch in, in Cork City. I love it!
Suberb food friendly staff good portions.
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The corned beef is what we call salt beef in london as the salt beef sandwich in Brick Lane
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