Twice lately I had occasion to stop into The Rising Sun in Mullinavat on my way home from family funerals in Waterford. First time round, I wasn't excited at the prospect of noshing up in in a pub, however we found locals ranging from bachelor farmers, the parish priest, journeyman salesmen and travelers all turning in here for a relaxing and very satisfying mid-day meal. There's nothing pretentious about the food at The Rising Sun in Mullinavat. The menu is traditional, perfectly prepared and served with a smile at a price that won't break the bank.
Easy To Find
Peel off the M9 at Junction 11 for Mullinavat and The Rising Sun is the first thing you meet when you hit the village. The spacious car park is to the side of the premises with disabled car parking close to the door. Fed and foddered, you can roll back onto the motorway and journey on. Couldn't be more ideal.
Great Tasty Food
The menu is country food, cooked very well and served in man sized, but not grotesque portions. This restaurant is more of an eating house with beer than an outright pub. First time there, I had the liver served with a tasty pepper sauce and lovely vegetables, I seem to remember. Second time, both of us had fresh battered and deep fried plaice cooked to order accompanied by beautifully cooked turnip and carrot, simply prepared but perfect.
The fresh, hot apple crumble with cinnamon, served with custard and cream is what the doctor ordered, however. Fresh custard is such a rare commodity these days. Whoever the cook is makes no pretensions at educating the Irish palate; he simply takes what we like but does it perfectly. Who needs foreign food?
The toilets were clean and functioning, showing signs of being well serviced. Members of the establishment elite and ladies won't be disappointed.
Our bill for two good, tasty main courses, one desert and a glass of wine was €27 odd. Not cheap but by no means excessive. When you consider that the food was beautiful with friendly service and the fact that we were very satisfied and "foddered", the price was very good. We would certainly have paid more had we waited until we got to Kilkenny to eat.
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