After walking around Kinsale for a bit in search of a place for our family to enjoy lunch on our first day in the area, we spotted Jim Edwards restaurant. We were in search of a pub menu where my husband could have an ice cold ber after along drive from Dublin but also suitable for two children. We were greeted by cheerful, happy waitstaff who promptly offered us a nice booth. While we sat in the "bar side", I think it had more of a feel of a restaurant with small bar than a true, cozy Irish pub with a roaring fire. No idea what the other side "restaurant" was like as we didn't go in.
I was with my husband and two kids (4.5 year old & almost 7 year old). My 4.5 year old daughter ordered chicken nuggets from the kids menu which THANKFULLY were three fresh, homecooked pieces of chicken with chips. My son who likes to eat from the adult menu ordered the seafood chowder and so did I. The waitress mentioned it was a tomato based soup so immediately we were thinking it would not be so great, but it was delicious. It was more like a seafood bisque to me vs seafood chowder, but again lovely and we both liked it.1 My husband ordered the fish and chips which was an enormous portion and he loved it. I had the starter portion of the crab cakes too. Overall we were happy with the food, great service from the staff. Highly recommend.
I would have loved to have had a cold beer too but I don't like Heniken and the other selections. Perhaps Kronenburg, San Miguel or a Stella would be a great addition - or even a local beer. I recently tried a local brew from Cork (Friars) which was great!
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