Location and Interior
Situated off St Patrick’s Street, The Mutton Lane Inn is tucked away down an alleyway that shares the same name. The lane is one of a number that lead into the famed English Market and at one point sheep may well have been run into the market via the alleyway.
The length of the alleyway is decorated in a colourful mural that was commissioned by Cork City Council and the pub’s owner and painted in 2004 by local artist Anthony Ruby. The mural depicts the community spirit of Cork and features local residents who, at the time of painting, were all still living.
Step inside the pub and you’re greeted by a dimly lit interior with wood panelled walls, exposed-beam ceilings and artwork adorning the walls. With a small central bar and two seating areas either side, the pub probably gets very busy and you may find yourself spilling out into the alleyway.
As well as the usual beers found in all Irish pubs (e.g. Guinness, Smithwicks) you can also find Mi Daza Stout and Sunbeam Pils, two beers produced by the Seven Windows Brewery. At the time of my visit, the beers were being produced by Cork’s Franciscan Well Brewery but they will soon be produced at a new brewery that Seven Windows is currently building opposite Bodega.
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I was able to visit and review this pub thanks to Stena Line, Discover Ireland and Paddy Wagon Tours who organised a trip as part of The Gathering, a year long series of events and festivals to celebrate Irish culture, history and genealogy. Their involvement had no bearing on the review.
The Mutton Lane Inn
3 Mutton Lane
Tel: 353 21 427 3471
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