KC & Son & Sons

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 4.11.16 PMIf you are either born in, or have relocated to Cork in the last 58 years and you have yet to hear of KC and Sons chipper and take away, your entire world is about to change.

Priding themselves on not being ‘fast-food’ but ‘fast-casual’, they are renowned not only for their exceptional take on chipper classics, but their original and mouth watering pitta selection.

Located in the centre of Douglas Village, just outside Cork City, KC & Son & Sons opened their doors in 1958 and has been a local favourite ever since. Ken Crawford is the original K.C. Since then, it has remained within the family and as the name suggests, passed on from son to son.

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Most famous on the diverse menu could be the King Creole, or if you are a more of a red meat fan, the KC Special Burger is a fan favorite.

If I have set your mouth-watering craving into first gear or you are about to break your K.C

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seal, don’t forget about you wait. It is almost expected that you will be standing outside in a queue behind other hungry Corkonians. They are so busy, they even host a ‘q-cam’ on their website.

Trust me, queue or not, it is worth waiting for to your turn to get your hands on the best treat in the city.


Darina Allen

In the year 1948, fans of all things food and cooking gained a new homebred hero.

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Although she is a Laois woman by birth, us kind Cork have claimed her as our own. Born in the small village of Cullohill, Darina moved to Dublin for education before settling into the Cork Country side. Darina took on the Allen name when she married Cork Man Tim Allen in 1970.

Several years later, Darina partnered with her brother, Rory O’Connell, to open the Ballymaloe cookery school in 1983. Located in Shanagarry. East Cork, on it’s own farm spreading across 100 acres of organic Cork land, the Ballymaloe school has been popularized for it’s excellent teaching facilities, and faultless food products.

Not only has Darina risen to the spotlight for her business, she is a successful author and television personality, presenting Simply Delicious for a total of nine series. Some of her popular book titles include, ‘Forgotten Skills of Cooking’, ‘Irish Traditional Cooking’, and ’30 Years at Ballymaloe’.

Awarded with some of the most prestigious culinary awards in this country, Allen carries:

  • 2005: IACP Cooking Teacher of the year
  • 2013: Cookbook of the year
  • 2001: Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year

Proud of her adopted Cork Community, Darina is actively involving, currently chairing the Midleton Farmers Market.

Her long list of professional memberships and awards show the true talent that she is. Lovin Cork is delighted that Darina has brought so much talent and passion to Cork. She is most definitely a Cork ‘wan now.

You can follow Darina’s blog here, or find her on Twitter.

The English Market

Established in 1788 as the English Market – butchers, fishmongers, bakers and food connoisseurs alike have gathered in this food centre for many years.


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With prime real estate in the middle of Cork City, the English Market shows the best of the best in Cork food products. The quality is unfathomable, with favourites including O’Connell Seafood for immense selection to The Chicken Inn for their fresh poultry or even Tom Dorcan for his famous spiced beef.


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Fish for sale!

Visitors are variable and vast, seeing tourists wondering the corridors viewing the large fish heads on ice or staring curiously at the long strings of black pudding. Locals are calling in to pick up a special roast for their Sunday dinner or getting their fresh soda bread off their favourite baker’s shop.

The head of the Common Wealth and Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II has even popped in for a tour and a visit during her time in Cork.


Dried Flowers


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If you appreciate good food, and you haven’t given the English Market a go, I highly recommend you do. When you do visit –  if you feel a bit of a rumble in the stomach, head up stairs to the Farmgate Restaurant. They produce delicious meals made up from the quality product sold right beneath their door.

If you are already on the English Market bandwagon, I salute you. It is a great spot promoting local and regional Cork talent and a great place to call our own.

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