My 2 regular haunts in Cork for a weekly cuppa are Nash 19 and Clancy’s and it is usually on a Thursday that I meet people in town. Floods hit Cork city center a couple of weeks ago and things have not been the same since. I was going to town last Tuesday morning for a cuppa with another friend and he gave me the sad news that both my regular haunts were not open having suffered flood damage and we would have to change venue. We met in the Imperial Hotel on the South Mall. The tea was grand, the staff friendly, parking was readily available and the disabled toilet is fine and roomy but no one knew me there and I felt underdressed in my jeans, rugby shirt and gilet. This morning I ventured a bit further afield and stopped off in Georgies on Georges Quay a short distance from the South Mall. There was only one other customer present when I arrived. It was clean and tidy, the staff friendly, the disabled toilet was roomy and accessible but parking could be an issue. There is 1 designated parking spot at the front door and other parking spots are a bit of a trek away. It was worth the visit and great value. I had a pot of green tea and a brown scone and I was only charged €2. While both venues score highly on my disabled accessibility scale I can’t wait to get back to my regular haunts.
The upheaval of me having to change my cuppa venues is nothing compared to the trouble being experienced by the traders and I hope they will be fully operational again soon.