IT’S a big day for firsts here in Clare as the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna has become the first pub in Ireland to be awarded a Michelin Star.
Run by Kate Sweeney and head chef Aidan McGrath, the pub is renowned for wholesome food made from local seasonal produce.
Formerly known as Kincora House, the 19th century property was refurbished in 2009 and renamed the Wild Honey Inn.
Morrissey’s pub in Doonbeg also picked up a prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand, which recognises restaurants who offer “exceptionally good food at moderate prices”.
Morrissey’s, who were also crowned the Best Gastro Pub in Munster 2017, is currently being run by the fourth generation of the family.
The Wild Honey Inn is among nine other Irish establishments to be awarded a Michelin Star.
The Michelin Guide will be available nationwide from Thursday, October 5.
By Elaine Tubridy