Sea Church and Cush Restaurants
Two outstanding restaurants – Sea Church and Cush, both with a marine theme – recently opened with a flourish in the Irish town of Ballycotton, Co. Cork.
Stylish interiors for both venues were created by Paul Haffey design, with Rose Construction carrying out the internal fit-outs.
Sea Church Restaurant
Located within the old schoolhouse, Sea Church Restaurant is a new incarnation of this local landmark in the form of a welcoming, laid-back restaurant overlooking the dramatic Atlantic coastline.
The restaurant is part of a multi-million euro two year renovation by local businessman Pearse Flynn. Adjoined to the church by a glass atrium, the restaurant retains the schoolhouse’s architectural structure, combined with the contemporary styling of modern dining.
The 82-seater restaurant has drawn on inspiration from the sea for both its menu and interior, the latter reflecting a contemporary maritime décor. Sea Church’s food philosophy is centred around fuss-free dining using the best of Irish ingredients and featuring a number of local suppliers.
Executive Chef Owen Davidson said, “I am delighted to be part of such an exciting project. The building’s setting by the sea and its history within Ballycotton makes it such a unique location for a restaurant. We hope that in tandem with the music venue, it will become a focal point in East Cork for both locals and tourists alike, really showcasing what this part of the country has to offer. The menus take inspiration from the surrounding landscape, utilising the fantastic fresh seafood and ingredients we have right here on our doorstep”.
Sea Church has a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, serving classic dishes elevated by quality ingredients. The evening menu includes dishes of Whipped Ardsallagh goat’s cheese with crispy filo, classic tapenade, roasted cherry tomatoes, and rocket; Golden fried fish and chips with Smithwicks’s Red Beer battered haddock, hand cut chips, tartar sauce and buttered garden peas; and Mandarin and honey roasted half duckling with apricot stuffing, Cointreau glazed carrots, duck fat baby potatoes and Red Wine Jus.
All desserts are homemade and include favourites such as Warm apple and Calvados crumble with vanilla ice cream, Orchard Thieves Custard, and lemon tart with fresh raspberries, basil sugar and Crème Fraiche.
Offering contemporary Irish food and refined dining, the 40-seater Cush Restaurant occupies what was previously known as restaurant Pier 26, overlooking Ballycotton Pier and the Ballycotton lighthouse.
The restaurant has had a total refurbishment as is now headed up by an Irish culinary rising star, chef Dan Guerin. Diners can expect a dining experience in a truly unique scenic setting.
The menu draws on inspiration from both the coastline, the terroir of region and the seasonality of produce. Transforming local produce seamlessly from nature to the plate is the foundation of Dan Gueirin’s food philosophy. The menus at Cush Restaurant will change and evolve on a regular basis, but will always showcase ingredients from trusted local suppliers.
Dan spent his foundation culinary years mastering his craft in high profile establishments such as Sage in Midleton, and Michelin-star restaurant Campagne in Kilkenny. His cooking is largely influenced by where he lives and he creates dishes that are layered with flavours from local suppliers and the Irish countryside.
On the evening menu, diners can expect Warm natural smoked haddock, Potato Veloute and Crispy Egg to start; mains such as Roast rump of lamb, Harissa Spiced Shoulder Pastilla, new season vegetables and mint; and Crème Caramel, Raisin and Vanilla Tuille for dessert.
Dan says, “At Cush we are so lucky to be surrounded by exceptional producers, and being located right on the coastline gives us instant access to a wide variety of ingredients. I like to be creative with our menus. By using our imagination and keeping our cooking style simple, we bring out the best of our hero ingredients to produce dishes that reflect our respect for our locality. ”
The Cush team is experienced, diverse, professional and talented. The team is wholly dedicated to excellence in both food and service, with a goal of ensuring that each guest’s experience is perfect, and fully embodies the Irish reputation for warm, relaxed hospitality.