Welcome to the only restaurant in the world where Tom Crean’s granddaughter cooks your dinner!

Tom Crean Fish & Wine (formerly d’Arcy’s Kenmare) is an Award Winning Restaurant & Townhouse in Kenmare, Co Kerry and offers the perfect location and combination of food and accommodation.  Tom Crean Fish & Wine is at the top of Main Street opposite Kenmare Golf Club (practically the 19th), five minutes from the Pier, Reenagros Park, the Stone Circle and shops.  Awarded the 'Silver' grade by Green Tourism – we use local organic produce, we are dedicated to the protection of our seas, our maritime communities and all forms of marine life. 

We love fish and it loves you so our menus are predominately fish, including lobsters and oysters fresh from the tank, but we also cater for our herbivores – vegan or vegetarian dishes & carnivores – steak, chicken, pork, duck etc and seasonal specialities. Wonderful creations of combinations of textures and flavours are bound to whet your appetite. There's no need either for your car/taxi – at Tom Crean Fish & Wine we offer a no carbon footprint stay. Take a stroll down town for your evening’s entertainment and then it's back upstairs for your accommodation in our of our comfortable and individual rooms. Find out all about our rooms on the Accommodation page or contact us for rates and availability.

Guests can choose from an extensive A La Carte menu. An early bird menu, priced at just €20 for 2 courses, is available from 5-6:30pm. More details can be found on our Restaurant page. Reasonably priced wine is available by the glass or bottle and 'Snipes' of bubbly and champagne cocktails are now being served to spoil you. It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment

Built in the early 1800s, Tom Crean Fish & Wine is a unique historic building full of nooks and crannies.
You can dine in what was the vault of the original bank, relax in front of the open fire in the Terra Nova Room or or book the Tom Crean Room for larger groups and private dining. When the weather is good the Mews Courtyard is perfect for al Fresco dining.

Aileen d'Arcy, proprietor and chef, is Tom Crean's grand-daughter and as such is very involved with preserving the rich heritage surrounding his life – the restaurant is packed full of pictures and information about Ireland's most famous Antarctic explorer. See about Tom Crean for more details.


FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008

694. Antarctica - Derek Mahon
‘I am just going outside and may be some time.’
The others nod, pretending not to know.
At the heart of the ridiculous, the sublime.

He leaves them reading and begins to climb,
goading his ghost into the howling snow;
He is just going outside and may be some time.

The tent recedes beneath its crust of rime
And frostbite is replaced by vertigo:
At the heart of the ridiculous, the sublime.

Need we consider it some sort of crime,
This numb self-sacrifice of the weakest?  No,
He is just going outside and may be some time –

In fact, for ever. Solitary enzyme,
Though the night yield no glimmer there will glow,
At the heart of the ridiculous, the sublime.

He takes leave of the earthly pantomime
Quietly, knowing it is time to go:
‘I am just going outside and may be some time.’
At the heart of the ridiculous, the sublime.