Where to Eat in Fermoy: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 31, 2017 Roger Rusk

Fermoy (Irish: Mainistir Fhear Maí, meaning "monastery of the Men of the Plain") is a town on the River Blackwater in east County Cork, Ireland. As of the 2016 census, the town and environs had a population of approximately 6,500 people. It is located in the barony of Fermoy.
Things to do in Fermoy

1. Annies Restaurant

26 McCurtain Street, Fermoy, Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Irish Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +353 25 42533
Excellent
43%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
25%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 36 reviews

Annies Restaurant

Reviewed By brianmcd - Dublin, Ireland

Stopped off en route from Dublin to West Cork and was looking for breakfast. Surprisingly there didn't seem to be too many options but we saw Annie's was very busy so we dropped in. Quickly became apparent why it was so busy......serious Irish breakfast with great very pleasant service and all for €6.50........... well worth a visit!

2. Thai Lanna Orchid

11 McCurtain Street, Fermoy, Ireland (Formerly Thai Lanna) Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$126 - HK$283 +353 25 30900
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Thai Lanna Orchid

Reviewed By Patricia N

The food freshness and authentic flavors transport you to Oriental Thailand. Their dishes are fantastic and all delicious. Atmosphere is quiet and pleasant, ideal for a romantic meal or a chat with friendsThanks Patricia for your kind words,we appreciate your taking the time to post some nice things about us and we hope to you again soon.......Ger,Kit and all the Staff.

3. The Forge

Cork Road, Fermoy, Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Irish, European, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +353 25 31284
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 134 reviews

The Forge

Great restaurant in a town that doesn't have many decent places to eat! Not on the main street so it would be great to let tourists know that it is there.

Reviewed By magsb0701 - County Tipperary, Ireland

Excellent choice of food and flavour that has you thinking about how it was created and service will b back .

4. Bella Cafe

41 McCurtain Street, Fermoy, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout Italian, Pizza, European Lunch, Dinner +353 25 33033
Excellent
50%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Bella Cafe

Reviewed By Peter S - Rome, Italy

Café Bella, McCurtain Street, Fermoy
We’d not expected to be eating out that Wednesday evening but some friends from Rome, retired back to Fermoy almost 20 years ago, had insisted that we share a meal before heading to Cork for the night. They offered Italian cuisine, and we couldn’t refuse. We have them to thank for introducing us to the Café Bella.
The restaurant is to one side of the long narrow but busy McCurtain street – cars in a continual stream heading south out of town or further into Market Square and the bridge crossing the Blackwater to the northern part of town. It was 20.30 and there were few people walking the streets when we arrived. We parked right outside. The Bella Café extends over two stories, and projected a welcome beacon of light on to the dark pavement.
Enter the restaurant and there is a reception counter on the RHS and, to the left, a small dining space with four tables and Seating for a dozen people. Kitchen and services to the rear take up most of the ground floor. There is also a small service centre at the rear on the first floor. Like most other diners that evening we headed up the stairs – to the right of reception – and were offered a table next to the windows with views back into the street.
There was Seating for around 50 – at wooden tables with wooden benches that gave the dining room a sort of rustic veneer. A couple of tables were already occupied and, including the four of us – two couples, there were about a dozen people in the restaurant. It was quiet.
We – the four of us - couldn’t remember when we’d last shared a meal – but it would definitely have been Italian (and in Rome) – and thus the pleasure of doing much the same at an ‘Italian’ table in southern Ireland. Service was prompt and friendly. We’d brought out own bottle of red wine, asked for it be opened, and raised glasses to the four of us to celebrate the delight of distant friends meeting up in unexpected places.
We shared a couple of starters – bruschetta Italia and spicy chicken wings – whilst the mains were prepared – sirloin steak, pollo Milano, pollo fantasia and – the only real Italian plate at our table – penne arrabbiata. And, whilst this was as spicy as expected (all those chillies & peppers), it came mixed with chicken pieces - now that was an interesting variation. But, then, pasta arrabbiata is always welcome on a cold evening. Servings were plentiful and presented well.
Time was strictly limited and we had to be on the road to Cork that night for an early morning flight the next day – and we still had to find the place that we’d booked close to the airport. There was little time to enjoy the delights of a slow meal, and we shared coffee instead of dolce before leaving.
The meal was good value at a little over €70 – starters €3.00-5.50, mains €13.50-16.00 meats/vegetables and pasta €9.00, coffees €2.00 (prices rounded). So, about €17/person.
The toilet was on the ground floor next to reception. It was clean and serviceable. Perhaps unique too - given the small size of the cubical/room - you could cover all the different requirements seated – such was the skill with which the builders had found space for the toilet bowl, wash basin, soap dispenser and hand drying unit. Hmmm, interesting.
Peter Steele
10 September 2017

5. Torten

12 Patrick Street, Fermoy, Ireland Seating Cafe, Irish Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Torten

Reviewed By Pat D

Very impressed with this little cafe, lovely homemade food at a great price. Great variety. Stopped here for lunch had soup Sandwich coffee and nice cream donut afterwards. Young girl serving was very pleasant and professional. Will defo go back

6. Raj Indian Restaurant

Waterside Ashe Quay, Fermoy, Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Indian, Gluten Free Options Dinner +353 25 82765
Excellent
60%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Raj Indian Restaurant

Reviewed By Bio R

Went with high hopes as some reviews were very good.
The staff were good and attentive.
The problem started when the food came out, it was absolutely awful the sauce was like water the meat hadn't been marinated and tasted of nothing it wasn't even seasoned no salt or pepper never mind anything else.
We asked the waiter and he had no answer just smiled and shrugged.
If you want food that tastes of Nothing this is the place to go if you enjoy dining out Don't go here it's absolutely awful.

7. Hong Kong Restaurant

48 McCurtain Street | Fermoy, Fermoy, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Chinese, Asian Dinner +353 25 34924
Excellent
56%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
11%
Terrible
23%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 17 reviews

Hong Kong Restaurant

Reviewed By Nolnoc - Ireland

As I say in the title, I was disappointed when I visited here recently as the standards have dropped appreciably in recent years. Normally competition drives standards forwards but it seems that Hong Kong has taken a nose dive since the opening of the China Dragon which, though considerably smaller, produces a much higher standard of food.

8. The Grand Hotel

Ashe Quay, Fermoy, Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Bar, Irish, European Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +353 25 40966
Excellent
37%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

The Grand Hotel

Reviewed By Anthonypnolan - Cork, Ireland

We had a magnificent meal. Two 12 ounce ribeye steaks chargrilled nicely presented with a choice of potatoes together with two glasses of wine all for an unbelievable two for the price of one meal deal. Staff are lovely. We will gladly travel from Cork to Fermoy again for this treat. We spent €34 Euro total , fabulous.

9. China Dragon

Waterside Ashe Quay | Unit 4, Fermoy, Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Delivery, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +353 25 82948
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

China Dragon

Reviewed By Ralph R - Cork, Ireland

Have to admit a bit of bias here - Fermoy is my hometown and this is usually where we go for our take-away treats at weekends. That said, I can unhesitatingly recommend China Dragon as offering decent Asian cuisine at great value prices. What I particularly like about the place is that when you collect an order, you'll usually find a couple of cans of soft drinks, prawn crackers and sometimes even a portion of chicken wings are added as a 'thank you' for your custom. As for the food - expect decent quality and pretty generous portions with prices that are very easy on the wallet. Our children love the sweet and sour dishes while I vary between the excellent chow mein, chicken in black bean sauce or the Szechuan chicken. Never had a bad meal here yet - and it is one of the few places where the entire family are happy to order from.

10. Amber Service Station

Dublin Road, Fermoy, Ireland Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Irish, Cafe, Fast Food, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$94
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Amber Service Station

Amber Service Station is just off Junction 14 on the M8 Dublin to Cork Motorway, our fresh food deli boasts a wide range of choice from salads, sandwiches & panini's to made to order pizza and hot food. We also have a Hillbilly's restaurant on site. Treat yourself on your journey to some of our delicious home made cakes & pastries and an artisan coffee.

Reviewed By MJR1983 - Fermoy, Ireland

Good selection of food, nice staff, and at a very reasonable price. Only down-sides are the little milk just left on tables for tea/coffee could be contaminated by anyone throughout the day, and also it can be very busy at times - a victim of it's own success I suppose.

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