1 Aug 2020
Were it not for the masks of the ever attentive staff, or the greater distance they now keep while still perfectly executing their roles, you’d be inclined to forget entirely that strange, surreal undercurrent of disquietude that seems such a common hallmark of dining out in a world of coronavirus but even those eventually become part of the new normality.
I’ve said written and said before that, on a given day, The Farmgate can be my most favourite place to dine in the world. Today, it is an especially comforting treat, a treasured link to another, less fraught time.
Read the full review in The Irish Examiner.
26 Jan 2020
Rebecca Harte’s culinary curation in Cork’s venerable Farmgate Café acts as a prism, dispersing new light on how you see a dish of stout rarebit, or tripe and onions with drisheen or cottage pie, or cod with kale. Ever since Rebecca’s mother, Kay, first opened the café – up the stairs above Cork’s English Market — people have suggested that Farmgate food is some sort of historical re-enactment, but this is wrong. The fact is that Farmgate food is ageless, and Rebecca has simply shone a sharp new light on the glory that is steamed Lady’s Bridge potatoes, and the purity of a crunchy, white soda bread, and the elemental loveliness of Oysterhaven oysters. Great staff, great value.