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Deasy’s to close at the end of the year

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 4:34pm

And another one bites the dust – in this case, the longstanding pub/gastro-pub that is Deasy’s in Ring near Clonakilty.

The closure of the pub was announced on Facebook with no reason for what was behind the decision. One can only assume it had a lot to do with the fact that ongoing road works in Clonakilty, closure of roads and lack of parking were just a few reasons.

Chef Caitlin Ruth has garnered a strong reputation for the pub over the last couple of years, which saw the pub growing a strong following.

I have to admit that I didn’t go as often as I should have due to the distance and this might be true for many fans of Caitlin – nevertheless it is a huge loss to the Cork casual dining scene. The pub is a cozy little place with lots of original features, open fires and outstanding food. Deasy’s had been included in almost every food guide for the last 16 years, growing their reputation beyond Cork’s borders.

I remember the first time I went to Deasy’s – it must be now about 12-13 years ago that I was staying at a friend’s house in Clonakilty and was asked if I would like a walk to Ring. I had no idea that the cheeky smile of my friend was in the knowledge that we would enjoy some amazing food at the end of the walk.

A lovely view over the bay, low ceilings, whitewashed walls, timber flooring and an open fire welcomed us. I simply thought we might be enjoying a nice beer but when I saw the specials board and my friend asked for the menu, I thought, hey, there are some creative dishes on offer.

After that visit, I was hooked and returned a few times, less so in recent years. I often get asked for recommendations for food destinations and Deasy’s is always on the list.

When asked for a statement, Cailtin Ruth said: “We have decided to close so we can focus on family and other projects. Deasy’s will be open until New Year’s Eve 2019, so we are busy planning menus (I’ve been doing a lot of autumnal vegetable pickling!) and updating our wine list (which is full of new and delicious wines).

“We would like to thank all of our customers, suppliers and staff for the support, great ingredients and hard work over the past 16 years.”

May I ask any food lovers to pay Deasy’s at least one visit before the end of the year to give them a good send-off. I just need to grab a few friends for the trip to Ring. Who’s in??

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