Good Things Café in Durrus, West Cork has won a Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin Guide for 2011 and was listed as one of Bridgestone’s 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland. Since 1955, Michelin has awarded its "Bib Gourmand" rating, which highlights restaurants offering "good food at moderate prices." Restaurants must offer menu items priced below a ceiling amount, determined by local economic standards.— Eat Good Things Everyday by Carmel Somers (ISBN 9780955226137, Hardback, 260 x 198mm, 336pp, €39, £30).
The entry for Good Things Cafe in the Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants states: "Carmel Somers learnt her craft from two little-known but much respected English cooks, Colin White, and Stephen Markwick. Like her mentors, who, she has described as "Good, honest, kind cooks", she herself is a cult figure, and she also cooks a cuisine which is, in many ways, not of its time - omelette Arnold Bennett; Lobster with garlic, parsley and lemon; lamb kidneys with lime butter; poached cherries with vanilla ice cream. The food in Good Things may not be fashionable, but it is, indeed, good,honest, and kind. It is cooking that is led by ingredients, by interpretation, but also led by history, led by that great school of cookery enshrined by Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Patience Grey, and by White and Markwick. Ms Somers carries the mantle of this good and honest cooking, in this little room at the edge of Dunmanus Bay, and it is one of those places where magic can happen, where the day and the food and the wine coalesce into something that is sensusal, sensuous, and maybe even spiritual. Unique, and pure West Cork, of course."