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The Bridgestone Guides 2018

Pat O’Sullivan has fashioned a great success in his Cafe Noir destinations, handsome, comfortable rooms with particularly well-chosen food, from their excellent rustic breads – white; baguette; cheese and onion, and lots of pretty pastries – to daily staples like James McGeough’s magnificent lamb and pork sausage rolls, steak and Guinness pie; good eggy quiches and nice bespoke salads.

The formula is smart, the discipline is considerable, and service from cool staff is right on the money. The Cafe Noirs don’t miss a beat, from that first taste of delicious pastry-topped onion soup to the sweet soothing comfort of a proper lemon meringue pie. The CN team work hard, and we are all the happy beneficiaries.