A brief history…
Farmgate was established when Maróg O’Brien opened her restaurant and country store in Midleton, Co. Cork in 1984. Ten years later, in 1994, Maróg’s sister Kay joined her, and so the café in the English Market was established. Located in the heart of Ireland’s oldest and most historic food market, with an industrious exciting view overlooking stalls and fellow traders, Farmgate Café embraces much of what is unique and traditional to Cork along with new influences in this dynamic multicultural food market and port city.
Centuries old traditional, seasonal, regional, even ‘forgotten’ foods are at the core of the Farmgate ethos, and also form a visible link between the menu and the wonderful array of produce downstairs. This allows Farmgate Café to provide a uniquely Irish eating experience both reflecting and (we hope) playing a small role in a vibrant Irish food culture truly embracing how good indigenous ingredients and food products are.
The Dining Room offers table service, and is run by the inimitable Mirco Fondrini who also chooses the best of European wines to complement the menu. Speciality dishes are chalked up on the blackboard daily.
To book a table for the Dining Room or Piano Balcony please phone us at 021 4278134. We do not accept bookings by e-mail.