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“Sunday lunch, relaxed and pleasant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bosun

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The Bosun
Ranked #1 of 2 Monkstown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ireland
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79 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Sunday lunch, relaxed and pleasant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

Could'nt find place for sunday lunch around Cobh so popped into The Bosun, Monkstown and was warmly welcomed even without reservation. The prices were really competetive and a vast selection of menus. Staff were most professional and friendly The place was pretty busy but well staffed and great service. Will certainly go there again.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2011

More a restaurant with rooms attached, than a hotel. The antithesis of a multinational hotel chain. Small friendly place with great food, and a wonderful location overlooking Cobh harbour. Rooms are clean and comfortable, some are bigger and smaller than others. Wifi throughout is of use to a business traveller. Not really suitable for kids. The owner himself cooks breakfast most days, and the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs is worth getting up for! Prices are possibly a little on the high side, you can get a 4 star hotel these days for a similar cost, but you get the quality of a genuine Irish welcome, with super food and hospitality.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank theredoneill
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Ireland
Level Contributor
44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2011

My self and my husband and daughter went for a meal to the Bosun this week.
Our starter was lovely i had Garlic mushrooms,my husband had chicken wings maybe a few more wings would of been nice.
I then had breast in a bun with a baked potatoe and salad,my husband had the beer battered fish and chips.
my daughter had pasta no complaints all 3 meals were really nice.
Myself and my daughter ordered dessert she got a fab sticky toffee pudding it was lovely.
I ordered the soft merigune nest it was awful it was like a nest you would buy in a packet from any store i was so disapointed with it.
My husband had a pint of Guinness and i had a pint of tap water with a drop of cordial for which i was charged one euro thirty i thought that was way over priced.
I also had a tea the whole bill came to eighty euro .
pity about the dessert and the price of the cordial .
overall it was a lovely meal and we had a lovely girl serve us.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank tammycorkireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2011

We stayed here because my husband was on business in the locality. However it was anything but the usual soulless business hotel type of establishment. The accommodation is located in an old seaside villa type house which has been sympathetically modernised without losing the charm. There is a small lift to the upper floors.
Our room was bright and airy with fresh paint and high ceilings and a view out over the water. There was plenty of space, tv, tea tray, iron and ironing board. The en-suite had all you could need complete with nice toiletries and beautifully fluffy white towels. Everywhere was scrupulously clean.
We were served breakfast by the proprietor who is a lovely, friendly gentleman with many years experience in the hotel industry.....and it really shows in every detail. There were fresh flowers on all of the breakfast tables, the butter was in decorated pats in butter a butter dish and there were real napkins instead of paper napkins.
Breakfast selection was excellent. Fresh orange juice, fruit bowl, selection of cereals and several options for cooked breakfast all served with a smile and some friendly chat.
The Bosun is located on the waterfront and has a bar and restsurant. We ate in the bar - the early bird menu was 19.50 for two courses and was available all day. The food was good and the service was friendly and efficient. Even though it was a Monday evening there was a bit of buzz.
Monkstown is quiet. There was one other pub just up the road but mostly it's residential. There are some walks, fishing spots and places of interest, including a castle.
This is not a modern, luxury hotel but it has what big chains don't have - soul. It's comfortable and friendly. I would encourage everyone to support little places like this where old-fashioned hospitality is their mission.
Cost - we paid 90 euro for one night's b&b for two, right in the middle of high season.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Driad
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Co Cork
Level Contributor
97 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2011

Firstly I did not actually stay at this Restaurant/B&B. I only called in today for food.
I only recently moved to Passage West which is about 5-10 mins drive before you get to Monkstown & I drove out that way with my partner about two times since we moved here a few months ago. We passed The Bosun & some people were sitting outside so I mentioned to my partner that we must stop off there someday for food.

Anyway, that day was today! Before I go any further with my thoughts on the place, I just want to say that I am shocked with the bad reviews that I just read here in the last few minutes. I did not experience any of the problems the last few people have but I do not doubt there experiences at the same time, they could have been very unlucky or maybe we were lucky today! Who knows!

Right, when we arrived, the place was very busy inside & feeling a bit hot, I asked one of the guys serving if we could sit outside. He said no problem & said he would come out with menus. We found a lovely set of large table & benches (with backs on them) out the front area. We were not sitting down long when the waiter came to give us the menus & he left to let us ponder a gorgeous ample menu full of lovely treats in the line of starters & main courses. We were spoilt for choice on the lunch menu. I mentioned to my partner that the food must be good here as it had received a mention on the bottom of the menu from Mr Paulo Tullio (Famous author, critic & chef).
The waiter came back to take our order & he was very polite & took our orders without a hitch.

We normally go for a starter & a main course but we thought as the dessert options looked so nice, we would have a main course & a dessert.

So I had the rib of roast beef in brandy & peppercorn sauce for main course & so did my partner. It came with a small bowl of veg & a scoop of mash potato which was enough as it also came with a bowl of chips/fries. The veg included broccoli, carrots & red cabbage. The main plate was heaped with gorgeous roast beef, four whole slices & the sauce was the nicest I have ever tasted as it very much tasted of strong black pepper corns which I personally love!
I have to say that my main course was absolutely beautiful, the flavours were amazing & now I realized why Mr Tullio had seen to allow his name to be placed on their menus!!
I cannot describe how much I enjoyed it today.

Anyway, after the main course, we were not sure if we would be able for the dessert but as I had taken a call from a family member, it was another short while before we ordered dessert so we were looking forward to it.

I ordered passion fruit delice (like a cheesecake) with mango coulis & cream while my partner had the warm apple & berry crumble with custard & cream.
When I tasted my passion fruit delice, it was heaven, the flavours again were gorgeous but when I tasted the apple & berry crumble my partner had, I was in awe, it was better than my dessert & I am going out on a limb here because it was without doubt, the second nicest dessert I have ever tasted (after my gorgeous chocolate dessert I had in the Clarion hotel in Stockholm in 2009!) !

Anyway, before I fall over myself with excitement at the thought of going back again very soon & hoping they have the same menu, I really, really adored my meal there today & fully intend bringing some of my family there very soon!
Can't wait to go back again!

Oh, before I go....prices:
Rib of Beef: €13.95 (for 4 huge slices, well worth the money)
Dessert: €5.50 (very cheap considering how gorgeous they were!)
Glass of coke: €2.75 (too expensive for me, it was a small glass)
Glass of Milk: €1.40 (Reasonable enough)
Cappuccino: €3.00 (Huge cups so worth the money)

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about The Bosun

Property: The Bosun
Address: Monkstown | Co. Cork, Monkstown, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Monkstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Monkstown
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,998
Number of rooms: 15

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