After opening the doors to An Súgán in 1979, the O’Crowley family went on to build one of West Cork’s finest seafood restaurants; the name An Súgán becoming synonymous with good food created using the freshest locally sourced ingredients, in particular seafood. Celebrating 40 years this year, the colourful and characterful bar and restaurant in Clonakilty – the outside has been brought back to life with beautiful new signage hand painted by master craftsman Tomás Tuipéar – promises to reintroduce some old favourites to the menu in the coming months; keep an eye out for the much lauded mushrooms on batch loaf toast!
On September 13, An Súgán will celebrate the bounty of local produce with a special dish of Dexter Beef Burger served with Gubbeen Cheese and Rosscarbery bacon. The beef is sourced from Jimmy Deasy’s Desert Dexters in Ring, just outside Clonakilty and is butchered by Haulie O’Neill.
Lucinda O’Sullivan describes a “mighty atmosphere in An Súgán – really Irish as it should be – and you feel you are really part of the place when you are there.”
There is much history attached to An Súgán building. The adjoining guesthouse at one time would have overlooked Clonakilty Harbour and was home to Jane Irwin, wife of the Fenian O’Donovan Rossa. It is said that Charles Stewart Parnell once addressed a crowd from the window.”
What better way to enjoy some of West Cork’s wonderful local shellfish and seafood, artisan cheeses and of course Clonakilty black pudding than in the cosy confines of An Súgán bar in a building steeped in West Cork history.
There is always a great selection of fish specials on the board. At the time of writing there were Half dozen local oysters from Oyster Haven delicately dressed with chilli, lime and coriander; Fresh Crab Toes dipped in Garlic Butter; the An Sugan Crab Platter with crab claws and crab meat; Whole Plaice on the bone with Lemon Grass Butter and giving a real taste of the Atlantic – the Fresh half lobster and local seafood platter with crab, oyster, prawns, smoked salmon and mussels. The Duchesse of Beara Haven Scallops with a Mornay Sauce is quite simply scrumptious.
Watch out during the A Taste of West Cork Food Festival (September 6-15) when An Sugan will be featuring the delicious Half Lobster and seafood platter, from Ring Pier just down the road.
At lunchtime they do a tasting plate, chowder and other fresh local seafood dishes, as well as great toasted sandwiches with O’Neill’s bacon and Roundtower cheese or open crab or prawn sandwiches on homemade brown bread. The more substantial options available include Beef lasagne or for the vegetarian Roasted Mediterranean vegetable, feta and spinach lasagne. There is also Fish and chips; Irish beefburger; seafood pie; or Fresh breast of An Sugan chicken gougons. Again, at lunchtime, there are always daily specials on the board. There is a lovely dessert menu and a children’s menu is available on request.
You will leave An Súgán well fed, content and looking forward to the next visit!
Just up the road on Asna Square, An Súgán’s much younger and hipper sister restaurant Arís Cáfe and Wine Bar celebrates its seventh season.
Arís is now serving pizza every Thursday night. Call 023 8821673 to book.
To make a booking at An Súgán call 023 8833719.