'Huguenot French Bistro & wine bar' breathes new life upon Carey's lane since it's opening in September 2014. The latest venture by multi award winning Chef & Restaurateur Brendan Cashman, who was named RAI best Chef in Cork and local Entrepreneur Richard O'Brien will bring authentic French cuisine to the streets of Cork.
Cashman, formerly of Augustines which was named best restaurant in Munster in 2011 by the RAI and was Michelin star ranked, teamed up with O'Brien in May 2013 to open the Italian restaurant 'Gallo & Galetti', located in the high street in Wilton, which has seen incredible success in the last two years of business. Now they are bringing the same casual and affordable model to Careys lane, offering the highest quality French style food, sourced locally from artisan suppliers.
The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France who, between the 16th and 17th century, left their home country either due to religious persecution or economic circumstances. Many of the Huguenots settled in Cork and became embedded in the local community and quickly rose to prominence in local business and political circles, with 11 of their members serving as mayor of the City.
The Huguenot quarter was established around the church that the non-conformist Huguenots built and worshiped at, located around the areas now known as Careys lane & French Church street area of Cork. They later built a graveyard opposite the church, which has been restored in recent years by the Cork County council and is visible from the restaurant.
The ground floor will offer the ideal setting for those who wish to meet old friends for lunch and relax in comfort while enjoying a glass of wine or coffee. The restaurant upstairs serves authentic French food as you take in the historical sites of the Huguenot quarter.
Cashman and O'Brien have brought in some of the best in the business to ensure the experience is enjoyable and of the highest standard for all of our patrons. Operations Manager Frank SchiltKamp has worked in several Michelin star winning establishments including "De oute raadsteader" in Holland and since moving to Ireland he has worked as the food and beverage manager in "The Hayfield manor" and has also served as the restaurant manager in Augustines, which secured high praise from well-known food critic Tom Doorley, when he stated "This has been one of my most rewarding discoveries over the past year ....it has given Cork somewhere to brag about.....Cork food is better for this place.". He is also a qualified wine specialist and teacher.
However with the team established it will still offer a relaxed, casual atmosphere and is the ideal setting for those who wish to enjoy a meal in a beautiful setting with good company.