Elaine and Henry and Jean and I went out last night. There was no particular reason but we had celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary during the week and Elaine completed the awesome Killarney Adventure Race last weekend so really we were celebrating life. Our chosen destination was Market Lane (Click HERE) on Lower Oliver Plunkett St and we were absolutely delighted with our choice. For starters Jean and Henry had the soup of the day, a Moroccan vegetable soup, Elaine had pâté and I had pulled rabbit and all 4 plates/bowls were cleared. For mains Jean had the Ham Hock, Henry had a Sirloin Steak, Elaine had a Chicken dish and I had the fish platter and again not a problem. All absolutely fantastic. I had a dessert which I don’t do very often but I had Blackberry and Apple Crumble with cinnamon and custard. A few coffees finished off the evening.
But you all know that this blog is not really about the quality of the food or the service or the ambiance. The restaurant was hopping with people queuing to get in but the staff made an easy route for my entry. I went to check the disabled toilet facilities and found them to be spacious but there were no grab rails or a drop bar which can make life a bit difficult. I did make my comment to a staff member who promised that he would bring it to the owner’s attention. It will be easy to remedy the situation. Oliver Plunkett St is a pedestrian friendly zone in the heart of Cork City and Market Lane is very accessible for people with any mobility issues. Circulation space on the approach to the toilet was a bit restricted due to the large crowd but it was Saturday evening and if a good restaurant is not busy on a Saturday evening then it is probably not a good restaurant. Staff were on hand to assist in clearing a path for me.
I have absolutely no difficulty in recommending Market Lane.