Tom Crean Base Camp

Tom Crean Fish & Wine (formerlyd’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 theAccommodation 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 ourRestaurant 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 diningWhen 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.

Tom Crean

Tom Crean

Tom Crean the Antarctic Explorer

Crean left the family farm near Annascaul in County Kerry to enlist in the British Royal Navy at the age of 15. In 1901, while serving on HMS Ringarooma in New Zealand, he volunteered to join Robert Falcon Scott’s 1901 British National Antarctic Expedition on Discovery, thus beginning a distinguished career as an explorer during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.

Crean was a member of three of the four major British expeditions to Antarctica during this period. After the Discovery Expedition he joined Captain Scott’s 1911 Terra Nova Expedition, which saw the race to reach the South Pole lost to Roald Amundsen. During this expedition Crean’s 56 km solo walk across the Ross Ice Shelf to save the life of Edward Evans led to him receiving the Albert Medal. His third Antarctic venture was the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition on Endurance led by Ernest Shackleton.

After the Endurance expedition Crean returned to the Navy, and when his naval career ended in 1920 he moved back to County Kerry. In his home town of Annascaul, he and his wife Ellen opened a public house called the “South Pole Inn”. He lived there quietly and unobtrusively until his death in 1938.

For more information download a copy of our leaflet by clicking here.


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.




Tom Crean Fish & Wine

Open 12-7pm
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

We serve predominantly fish – lobster from the tank and oysters, to satisfy customer needs we have broadened the menu to include steak, pork, duck, vegetarian and vegan. We use the very best of locally sourced food, cooked simply to allow you to enjoy their wonderful natural flavour. See our list of local suppliers which allows us to reduce our carbon footprint. Dietary requirements catered for with advance notice.

This 19th century building facilitates different dining experiences – The Ice Bar, Tom Crean Room & Minard, all rooms offer the A la Carte menu, only the Ice Bar offers a casual dining menu. New menus coming soon. Group menus available on request.

Tom Crean Room

Our main restaurant has an open fire where we burn turf (peat) in the winter. A local family play traditional music two nights per week between 6.30-8.30pm, in peak season. Reservations are recommended.

Minard – was the vault of the original bank – The Munster Bank (I’m afraid all the money was taken).

The rooms/restaurant/accommodation may be booked exclusively for your special occasion or small wedding, please contact us and we will help create your bespoke event. We have wheelchair access.

The Ice Bar

Serving local Irish Craft Ales, wine and prosecco on tap and non-alcoholic beverages. Join us just for a drink or choose from our bar menu.

We source craft ales from as near as possible.  Currently, on draught we have our own Expedition Red Ale (would have been popular in Tom Crean’s time) contract brewed by 9 White Deer, Ballyvourney, who also brew Stag Stout. This stout pairs well with oysters. Killarney Helles lager with it’s subtle sweetness pairs well with salad and shellfish.  All-Ireland Gold Medal Winning cider “Johnny Fall Down” from Cork.  Longueville Cider and Longueville Mór 8%.”(big), Mallow – a cider with their own apple brandy, the only Irish apple brandy.

Choice of gluten free craft ales. Non-alcoholic beverages -Cronin’s cider, Seedlip Gin, wine, lager, mocktails, soft drinks and more to come.

Tom Crean Brewery

Tom Crean Brewery

Tom Crean Brewery

Tom Crean’s granddaughter Aileen has been providing high quality food and drink to the people of Kerry since 1992. Along with her late husband Matt a noted Michelin starred chef until his untimely death in 1998 they ran their own restaurant D’Arcys in Kenmare. Aileen picked up the reigns again after her sons Cian and Morgan left for university, she reopened the restaurant as a fitting tribute to her grandfather hence Tom Crean Fish & Wine and Accommodation was born. The restaurant and guest bedrooms are full of glorious memorabilia of Tom Crean including in the restaurant his very own dining chair. Now it seems fitting that Aileen has broadened the restaurants appeal by opening a brand new brewery – the first in Kenmare since the 18th century. Obviously with Tom Crean being a publican it’s fitting for his granddaughter to provide a craft ale with his and her family name on it. To find out more about the Ale visit

The name Expedition Ale not only relates to Tom’s time in the Antarctic but as 2016 is the centenary year for his epic crossing of South Georgia with Shackleton and Worsley, Aileen will be recreating the traverse of South Georgia with her two sons and partner Bill. For more information on this epic family adventure see To contribute to the trip we’d be very grateful if you donated on our Go Get Funding page




After indulging in a fine meal at Tom Crean Fish & Wine, why not book one of our comfortable Townhouse bedrooms. As this historic house was build in the early 1800’s, each room is different in shape and size, is en suite and has wonderful king size beds. 

Accommodation Features:

  • Each room is named and is in the theme of Irish Antarctic exploration
  • Complimentary high speed internet/WiFi access
  • TV
  • In-room tea, coffee & still water 
  • Hair dryer
  • Free on-street parking after 4 p.m
  • Bus stop in front of building

Special offers available include:

  • Room only
  • Dinner bed and breakfast – (special rates for Carnegie Arts Centre Events)
  • Discounted dining for residents from our A La Carte menu or Dinner and Bed & Breakfast rate
  • Group rates available with/without breakfast (advance notice required)
  • Private parking in our Mews (request on booking)
  • Special dinner, bed and breakfast and golf rates available for groups (Tom Crean Fish & WIne is practically the 19th hole as we located directly across from the Kenmare Golf Club)

  • Breakfast -8am-9.30am. Simple Breakfast Tray supplied for early check out if ordered before 7pm the evening before

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