The hedgerows are abundant with many forgotten treasures such as the blackberry and down the back roads and hedgerows of east Cork on the way to Inch strand there is a real gem in the Poc Ar Buile pub in ‘Ballin ‘ as the locals might say. Like most good things in our wonderful country and any country for that matter, the best things are kept for those in the know as Ballinrostig and the Poc Ar Buile pub is certainly not on any tourist guide of the area.
However for any tourist or foodie, lost around the back roads east Cork trying to find Trabolgan or the Ballymaloe cookery school, they might be lucky enough chance upon this fine watering hole run by the owner Michael Murphy, which boasts a genuine wood fire pizza oven, some of the finest Beamish pints, and probably the warmest welcome in East Cork. Just eight miles from the foodie citadel that is Midleton, customers will find a vibrant country pub, some of the best ‘toilet art’ (the sad clown standing in the sun is a master piece!) anywhere. Next time you are in Midleton you can`t go far wrong if you take a deliberate wrong turn up a back road and end up in ‘Ballin’ where everybody knows everyone else and the craic and ceol is great. For more info check out http://www.pocarbuile.com/