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“Great food and service”
Review of The Square Table

The Square Table
Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Blarney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $35
Cuisines: Irish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: At The Square Table the goal is to serve good quality, uncomplicated food that is locally sourced and served in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Twin sisters, Martina and Tricia Cronin, choose their suppliers from among local, artisan, small businesses who are as passionate about food as they are. Inspired by watching their mother cook from an early age, these choices are very personal.
Cork, Ireland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

The food and service in The Square Table is second to none. I have never before written a review but had to make an exception for this restaurant. I have been here twice, once for Sunday lunch and once for an evening meal and both times it was fantastic. It's a fine dining menu in a relaxed atmosphere at very reasonable prices. The Sunday lunch is €18 for a 2 course or €22 for a 3 course and there's also an early bird on a Friday evening (not sure about Thurs and Sat), I think it was €24 for starters and main course. Now, you might think "that's not VERY reasonable" but you will understand what I mean when you're rolling out the door afterwards.

The menu is concise but very difficult to choose from because everything is so good. There were 5 of us for Sunday lunch, we ordered 3 different dishes (1 had pork belly, 2 had chicken and 2 had hake) and there wasn't a morsel left on a plate nor a complaint to be heard. We all braved desert (2 apple and rhubarb crumbles with vanilla ice cream, 2 amazing chocolate brownies with salted caramel ice cream and 1 strawberries with vanilla cream).
For the evening meal there were 2 of us. For starters we ordered a smoked salmon dish and a crispy egg with mushrooms and bacon. I can only describe the crispy egg as a soft boiled egg in a breadcrumb/a scotch egg without the pork??! Don't ask me how it was achieved, I still can't figure it out but it was REALLY tasty! We both had hake for main course, a fine sized fillet in a cauliflower purée with perfectly cooked veg and buttery mash potatoes. We shared a wonderful apple tart style desert and were incapable of anything but the couch.

I have yet to describe the service. Trish, the maitre d/hostess is extremely friendly and welcoming. On the Sunday we were still there when service finished and the chef, Martina, came out for a chat along with Trish. There was no hunting us out the door because they were closing. They're hard workers and honestly couldn't do enough for us. I have recommended the restaurant to everyone I know, there isn't a comparable restaurant in Cork City, it's an absolute gem and I look forward to many more delicious meals there.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Killarney, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“fab lunch”
Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

The Square Table
A little gem in Blarney
Had lunch here today (would recommend pie of the day) meat very tender, pipping hot and great service. What more could you want in a restaurant.
Will be back.
Recommend it to your friends.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank nial o
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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“GOOD FOOD”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

well recommended not only excellent food and service but fairly priced will return to Blarney just to eat at this restaurant.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Ken M
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Perth, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful lunch”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

Found this restaurant by accident after a great visit to the Castle. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Carol N
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London, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great lunch”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

Just had lunch here today after visiting Blarney Castle. Inexpensive, fresh and local, they even cater for dietary requirements including Gluten free. We've been touring for 7 days around Ireland including Northern Ireland, West and South and this was probably the tastiest lunch we had on our trip so far.

  • Visited June 2014
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