A local restaurant has received praise from two top travel and food publications over the past week. Larkins of Garrykennedy was praised in both the Guardian’s Travel Section and has been included in next year’s Michelin Eating out in Pubs Guide for the seventh successive year.
Owner Maura Boyle told the Tipperary Star that she was delighted with the reviews the pub and restaurant on the shores of Lough Derg received.
“The Guardian review was wonderful,” she said. “I want to thank all my staff for the work they do and those who support me, especially my local supporters.”
The Guardian review was written by Rob Crossan as part of a piece on local beers in Ireland and said Larkins, with its flagstone floors, open fires, sleeping dogs, and trad acoustic music sessions, “harks back to an older Ireland, more redolent of Brendan Behan than Bono”.
It also praised Templemore brewer Cuilan Loughnane of White Gypsey, as Larkins stocks his Ruby Pale Ale. Mr Loughnane opened his brewery in 2009.
Meanwhile, the Michelin Eating out in Pubs Guide 2014 described Garrykennedy as an example of one Lough Derg’s lesser spotted gems, and said Larkins was “blessed with staggered moorings, forest walks, and a woodchip playground, all at the end of its quiet cul-de-sac”.
It said the building was “as John Hinde a a thatch cottage can be”, while inside, Larkins was “warm and friendly, with dining options in both the pub and restaurant proper.