Blue Haven

The Blue Haven has an array of dining options to choose from, including the Fish Market Bar & Bistro, Rare Restaurant, Newport Lounge and in the luxurious award winning Blue Haven Hotel.

Voted Hotel Bar of the Year and Best Food Bar of the Year, one of the top 20 seafood spots in Ireland, awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence, voted in the top 20 most romantic spots in Ireland, recommended by Lucinda O’Sullivan, featured in Georgina Campbell’s ‘Best of the Best in 2019 and recommended by John & Sally Mc Kenna. The Blue Haven is a well-known culinary gem, with a reputation for excellent food, friendly personal service, a great drinks selection and a little bit of Kinsale style!

All dishes combine seasonal locally sourced produce and fresh seafood from local shores, carefully prepared by a team of the best international chefs led by executive Chef Meeran Manzoor. Blue Haven also specialise in Irish Gin’s and have there our own Blue Haven Gin, produced in conjunction with the amazing local Distillery Blacks of Kinsale along with there our own New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for you to enjoy. Experience their latest Cocktail Menu, their Premium Whiskeys and The Ultimate Irish Coffee in a stylish atmosphere.

Food is served until 9pm, 7 nights a week.

Rare Restaurant.

Rare, our exciting Craft Irish Cocktail and Dining experience at The Blue Haven.

Expect a unique customer journey from arrival until departure, bespoke cocktails prepared by our master mixologist, wines exclusively selected by our expert Sommelier including organic, vegan, and biodynamic wines, a distinctive whiskey collection featuring rare and exclusive whiskeys and lots of other little delights & surprises along the way.

Executive Chef Meeran Manzoor brings his culinary expertise from all corners of the world to the highlight of his career as he juxtaposes and plays with everything that’s classical and also current about food. The concept for Rare @ The Blue Haven aims to deliver an explorative and creative menu that constantly changes, and a style of preparation that delivers on the cornerstone of fine dining elements, yet in a pleasant, playful and modern way. The Rare dining room will feature only the finest, and even rarest of ingredients, with local, chemical free, and ethically produced being integral to the ethos. Careful planning and a lot of deep thought has gone into the creation of Rare to ensure the overall experience is one you will always remember.

Rare combines the sites history as a Bonded Ware House in the 1800 and 1900s with its origins as the Kinsale Meat Market and adjoining Fish Market in the 1700s and pairs them to create something new and unique to Kinsale.

The final ingredient: The Blue Haven prides itself in delivering the ultimate in friendly, efficient and personal service to its customers. Right at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way let your inspirational culinary journey start at The Blue Haven.

Food at the Blue Haven Kinsale

Awards and Accolades

  • Hotel Bar of The Year
  • Best Food Bar of The Year
  • Recommended by Lucinda O Sullivan
  • Recommended by Georgina Campbell
  • Recommended by John & Sally Mc Kenna in the “Where to Eat & Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way”
  • Best Boutique Hotel in the Irish Hospitality Awards 2017 and 2019
  • AA 4 Star Property
  • AA Culinary Rosette for The Fish Market Bistro
  • Winner for Best Customer Service with the West Cork Business Awards 2019 for The Blue Haven
  • Munster Winner in Bord Bia’s ‘Eggs for Anytime’ 2019 Blue Haven
  • Voted as one of the top 20 Sassy SeaFood Spots Blue Haven
  • Voted as one of the top 20 Romantic spots in Ireland Blue Haven
  • Winner of the Best Breakfast in Ireland with Gold Medal Awards
  • Voted as one of the Fab 50 Best places to stay with the Independent


Treat yourself to an overnight stay at the 4 star, award winning Blue Haven Hotel (Winner of Best Boutique Hotel in Ireland)

Aperitif at the Blue Haven bar
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