A cosy hideway with continental style

Posted on: 5th May, 2015

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

C- Les Guimauves - Molly's (1)Molly’s Cafe and Wine Bar is “a calm oasis in a world gone mad” where it’s bright sunny location on Recorder’s Alley opposite the infamous An Teach Beag is ideal for casual dining, indoors or ‘al fresco’.

With its cosy couches, evenings take on an intimate atmosphere where candlelight illuminates the interior and the hundreds of wines that provide the backdrop, in this unique continental style cafe/wine bar.

In 2014, Molly’s opened to complement the Next Door Off-licence — which boasts the largest selection of wine and beer in the West Cork region, and also to O’Donovan’s Hotel — a family run hotel for more than two centuries, all of which make up the heart of Clonakilty town centre.

Molly’s menu is designed to enhance that enormous selection of fine wines and world beers, speciality coffees, teas and spirits. Beef hotpot slowly simmered in craft beer, chicken baked in creamy white wine are particular favourites with the regular clientele, as is the smoked salmon on homemade brown bread, BLT’s, wraps, hummus and pita, olives and sun dried tomatoes, artisan cheese and charcuterie. Molly’s ever-popular French onion soup, or its ‘Little Italy’ meaty bolognaise on garlic bread with grilled cheese, can be paired with a glass of vino or beer for under a tenner (€10).

Molly’s has recently had the opportunity to welcome local singers, songwriters and composers to perform in an intimate setting, and this has become a very popular gathering for groups of friends out for the evening.

The concept of Molly’s, which sets it apart from other wine bars, is that one can browse and select a bottle of wine to suit personal taste and budget and enjoy it in Molly’s — at the off-licence price with a nominal €4 corkage added. All this results in customer satisfaction with affordable prices and the opportunity to broaden horizons and try new grape varieties. For example, a bottle of Merlot-Malbec costs €8 at the Next Door Off-licence and with Molly’s corkage, you can enjoy sharing this with colleagues or friends for just €12.

Speaking of getting together, Molly’s regularly hosts Beer and Wine tastings. Micro-breweries and other new businesses have chosen Molly’s to launch their products, as the delicious and stunningly presented cheese and charcuterie boards can be tailored to suit each event. Mountain Man Brewing company from Ballyvourney, Cotton Ball Brewers from Cork City, Longueville House Cider, Barry & Fitzwilliam, Clonakilty Chocolate to name but a few have all held launch events at Molly’s in recent months.

On a recent stay at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Wine Master Pat Smith from Dublin held a private wine tasting event and his entourage who were new to the charms of Clonakilty and West Cork were very impressed with what Molly’s had to offer — delicious homemade food, locally sourced or grown in the O’Donovan Clonakilty Allotments, the Friday Market, which is held outside the door, not to mention the wonderfully sumptuous desserts and cakes all lovingly made by the bakers in the hotel. High praise indeed!

Of course Molly’s is not exclusive to beer/wine events but is also home to several book clubs, games events, birthday parties and celebrations tailored to meet your every whim. Who can argue with Prosecco served in chilled flutes, priced from €16 a bottle, including corkage? That’s reason enough to celebrate!

The multilingual staff at Molly’s enjoys meeting its multicultural clientele, regularly taking the opportunity to make the diverse nationalities that come through the door feel welcome and special. That’s one of the charms of Molly’s that makes it special. In fact, so taken with Molly’s was award-winning broadcaster Terry David Mulligan that he interviewed staff member Ellen for Canada’s Tasting Room Radio.

The visitors’ book in Molly’s and social media holds countless reviews and praise for what the team has achieved in such a short time. What’s more, as the 2015 summer season is about to take off, there have already been visitors returning looking for more of Molly’s homely magic…

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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