The Pub Guide, 2013

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The Mutton Lane Inn, Cork

Posted on 01. Jul, 2013 by in Pubs

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The Mutton Lane Inn, Cork

The Mutton Lane Inn is one of Cork’s oldest pubs and dates back to 1787. Owned by the same people that own Sin É, another pub in Cork, the pub is part of Cork’s Heritage Pubs which aims to promote a range of quality pubs in the city.

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.

The Beer

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.

More Photos of the Mutton Lane Inn

With Thanks

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.

Venue Location

The Mutton Lane Inn

3 Mutton Lane


Tel: 353 21 427 3471

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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