Tom Crean Fish & Wine

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 Room

Tom Crean Fish & Wine provides its customers with the highest quality food in a friendly and casual environment. We use the very best of locally sourced food and maintain relationships with the most reputable food suppliers in our local area.

Our exciting A La Carte menu includes daily specials. The restaurant serves fish predominantly but also caters for carnivores, herbivores and has steak, chicken on the menu. Coeliacs are also catered for. You can select your lobster and oysters straight from the tank. We have one private function room and the Ice Bar available for groups. Click here for a sample group menu. For group bookings it is necessary to pre-book.

Ice Bar

The Ice Bar is our latest addition – it’s an Irish Craft Ale & Wine Bar. Join us just for a  drink or choose from our bar menu.   We source craft ales from as near as possible.  On draught we have Lon Dubh from 9 White Deer Brewery Ballyvourney, this is a porter and goes well with oysters.  We contracted our own Expedition Red Ale (would have been popular in Tom Crean’s time) from Torc Brewery, Coolcashlagh, Killarney and an Americian IPA also from Torc.  We stock All-Ireland Gold Medal Winning cider Johnny Fall Down from Cork.  Silver Medal lager Achill produced on Achill Island. We have a host of craft ales, gluten free and ciders.  We have a beautiful cider from Longueville House Mallow plus “Longueville Mor (big) – a cider with brandy, 8%. The Ice Bar  is decorated with images and memorabilia from the life of Ireland’s most famous Antarctic explorer, my grandfather.

Mews Courtyard

The Mews Courtyard at Tom Crean Fish & Wine is the perfect destination for al Fresco dining, available for private parties, bar-b-q or weddings. Fitted out with chunky wooden tables and comfortable chairs, this is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxed meal. Sit under the trees with a glass of fine wine and your evening is complete. Hard to believe you’re in the town in this haven of peace.

Expedition Ale – Irish Red

Expedition Ale – Irish Red

Expedition Ale

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 producing in conjunction with Torc Brewery, Killarney a fine Irish Red Ale. 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. View our offers page for our latest accommodation deal.

Accommodation Features:

  • Complimentary high speed internet/WiFi access
  • TV
  • In-room Tea and Coffee
  • Hair dryer
  • Free on-street parking after 4 p.m
  • Limited private parking in our Mews Courtyard (request on booking)
  • Secure bike and motorbike shelter
  • 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
  • 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)

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