THE GREAT LIST OF GASTRONOMIC ACTIVITIES IN IRELAND

THE GREAT LIST OF GASTRONOMIC ACTIVITIES IN IRELAND

Let me start by saying this list cannot possibly cover everything and everywhere. I have been researching and asking for information for months now and if I’ve missed something you feel belongs on this list please drop me a (nice) email to katia@properfood.ie

Now to explain how this works. Have a look at the map and what’s around you and go and visit somewhere you love already or go and discover somewhere you’ve never been. In an ideal world, yes, I would have published it before the summer but to be honest I completed underestimated the amount of work this would take me. So we are where we are and I hope you will still find it very useful and will have fun exploring.

The list is split into several sections. You will find Afternoon Teas, Breweries & Distilleries, Cookery Classes (both on location and online), Farm Visits, Markets, Producers, Randoms and Wild Walks and Food Tours. I’m sure I could spend hours trying to decide why something belongs under one section and not the other but the fact is that many small producers offers food tours, farm visits and random bits so I’ve only listed everyone once and if you’re not happy with whatever section I’ve put you under, do drop me a nice line and I will put you where you would prefer to sit.

If you really want to push the boat out and the weather is holding where you are, why not cross reference this post with my list of cafes and restaurants with outdoors seating in Ireland.

A note on accessibility: In the context of this particular blog post, when I refer to accessibility, I am referring to wheelchair accessibility. I know that this is only one small portion of the disability people can live with but the sheer size of the exercise would have rendered this list simply impossible. I have not always been in a position to confirm the level off accessibility and those locations are marked as tbc. If you have any specific accessibility requirements, I do encourage you to reach out to the location before you book. Most will do their absolute best to accommodate you and make your experience as special as it can be.

You will see a couple of discount codes, they are not affiliate links. If more come and they are affiliate, they will be clearly marked as such.

And finally, a quick thank you to my Pal, Michele Neylon, for helping me with the technical melt down I was having, trying to embed the map in the post. 

AFTERNOON TEA

If you asked me what’s the one good thing the English brought to Ireland, I’d probably say afternoon tea. Whilst, in today’s world you can find it in most hotels across the country, not all afternoon teas were created equal and the ones listed here are the ones you have recommended along with some I have tried for myself and have loved.

The Grace Kelly Afternoon Tea at The Imperial in Cork

Ashford Castle – Cong, Co. Mayo

Accessibility: They have a whole page dedicated to it and it is fantastic to see! Click through here to see it.

They say: “The long established tradition of Afternoon Tea has been wonderfully preserved at Ashford Castle since 1868 – you’ll notice the original silver tea set displayed in the Connaught Room, which was presented to Lord and Lady Ardilaun to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 1896. With spectacular views from the comfort of the castle’s elegant interior, take your time to savour every delicious moment. Afternoon Tea may be served in The Drawing Room on occasion, with its beautiful views onto the gardens, Loch Corrib and beyond.

The Afternoon Tea menu offers guests a wide selection of speciality teas or perhaps a glass of Champagne, delicate finger sandwiches, and warm freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and home-made jam, not to mention our tasty pastries. It’s the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon with friends.”

Book afternoon tea through their website.

Ballygally Castle – Larne, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: ” An hour or two of loveliness complete with cups of the finest tea or coffee, finger sandwiches and an array of delectable treats. There’s no sweeter way to spend an afternoon than enjoying a delightful Afternoon Tea at Ballygally Castle.

At Ballygally Castle we have perfected the art of Afternoon Tea. Sit by a roaring fire, appreciate the panoramic views and catch up with friends as you enjoy this sumptuous treat. Served daily in the Lounge, guests can enjoy the finest pastries, scones and sandwiches served with the finest blended teas.

Our Culinary team at Ballygally Castle is continually coming up with new twists on Afternoon Tea including our famous Game of Thrones afternoon Tea. Inspired by the Emmy Award-winning show filmed in Northern Ireland, the delicious Game of Thrones-themed tea allows guests to immerse themselves in the atmospheric mood of the show whilst relaxing in the luxurious surroundings of the Castle. The tasty treats which will delight fans of the show include Lannister Egg, Baratheon Bread, Little Fingers Chicken Caesar wrap and Jon Snow cakes to Dothraki Trifle with Mini Dragon’s eggs.”

Book through their website.

Ballynahinch Castle, Co. Galway

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: “Afternoon Tea at Ballynahinch Castle is both a traditional high tea and a showcase of Connemara’s finest products, using the best seasonal produce available. To compliment the finest local flavours, we have partnered with Galway based master tea blender Jorg Mueller of Solaris Tea who has helped compile the loose tea menu at Ballynahinch, including the signature house tea blend using foraged herbs from the Twelve Ben Mountains. 

A combination of traditional finger sandwiches and signature open sandwiches, the Afternoon Tea menu features Ranji’s coronation chicken, egg mayonnaise and watercress, house roasted ham and farmhouse cheese and goat’s cheese, golden beetroot and candied walnut. 
Sweet treats include everyone’s favourite, scones, both plain and fruit, with a selection of homemade preserves and cultured cream, along with a green tea, lemon & Champagne posset, elderflower macaron, a spiced plum cake and a dark chocolate & lavender teacake. 
With the Ballynahinch signature black tea – a unique black tea blend containing locally foraged ingredients such as juniper berries, horsetail & oat straw giving the blend a light and playful aromatic top note.
Served in the Owenmore Restaurant with it’s beautiful river views, every Saturday from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and costs €30 per person, €40 per person with a glass of prosecco or €45 per person with a glass of Champagne.

Booking is essential, to reserve your table call 095 31006 or email info@ballynahinch-castle.com – alternatively, you can buy afternoon tea gift vouchers on their website.

Ballyseede Castle – Tralee, Co.Kerry

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “At Ballyseede Castle have revived the longstanding tradition of Afternoon Tea. In a time-honoured tradition tea along with sandwiches and pastries was taken in the Lounge or Orangery of Great Houses and Castles. We want you to be part of this longstanding tradition and enjoy our decadent ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Castle’, created especially for you. Enjoy a wide variety of finger sandwiches, served with freshly baked homemade scones along with a selection of sumptuous pastries & dainties served daily between 2.00pm and 5.00pm for €24.95 per person.

Please note that pre-booking is essential for our Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Castle, at least 24 hours in advance, and for a minimum of two people. For bookings, please contact us on 066 712 5799.”

Cabra Castle – Kingscourt, Co. Cavan

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Perfect for couples looking for some quiet time in an intimate setting or an ideal way to catch up with loved ones and friends, Cabra Castle’s ‘Afternoon Tea at the Castle’ is served Monday to Saturday in several stunning locations within the castle. Enjoy finger sandwiches with a variety of delicious breads and fillings, delightful cakes and pastries all served with your choice of Solaris Teas or selection of locally roasted Arabica coffee for €25 per person.

Afternoon Tea at Cabra Castle is served between 2.00pm and 5.00pm and pre-booking is essential. To make an enquiry or to book, please contact us directly on 042 966 7030.”

Carton House Estate – Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: ” Now available, by prior reservation, to residents and visitors, the classic ritual of afternoon tea is now available in the magnificent 18th century reception rooms of The House at Carton House, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with sittings available between 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.

As you arrive for afternoon tea, you are seated in the gorgeous rooms where aristocratic visitors to Carton House would originally have been entertained. Gaze up at the gilded ceiling of the Gold Salon, admire the exquisite coving of the Drawing Room or enjoy the floral abundance of the Rose Gardens and beyond — the same views that have captivated visitors for over 200 years.

Afternoon tea first became a popular custom during the Georgian period, considered a most stylish way for the lady of the house to entertain. You can almost hear the swishing of the taffeta skirts and laughter of Lady Emily and her guests echoing down the centuries, reflected in the modern voices and laughter of guests continuing this beloved ritual at Carton House.

Afternoon tea at Carton House is a contemporary luxury experience, where menus follow the classic pattern of a selection of finger and open sandwiches, buttermilk scones with clotted cream, organic jam and Irish butter, and an array of exquisite sweet treats. There are also carefully designed menus which can be booked in advance to suit vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian guests.

The first in this new series of afternoon tea menus at Carton House features dainty finger sandwiches of Clongill duck egg with truffle, watercress, tarragon and mustard mayonnaise, Rush cucumber with minted cream cheese, and honey glazed ham with Knockanore cheddar and Dijon mayonnaise. There’s also two open sandwiches, one of rare roast striploin of beef with horseradish cream, wild rocket and crispy shallots on brioche, and the second of Dublin smoked salmon with caper crème fraîche on Carton House Guinness bread.

The delectable baked goods include a traditional Battenberg, lemon drizzle cake, apple and Brazil nut cake, a pistachio financier with white chocolate and pistachio mousse, blackberry and chocolate choux au craquelin, passionfruit and Champagne macarons and lemon meringue tart.

Tea is, of course, an essential element of this experience, and Carton House is delighted to partner with Jing Tea, the finest tea sourced from artisan tea gardens across Asia. Enjoy the aroma of these speciality Jing teas, sipping from your delicate bespoke bone china cup, and be transported to days gone by, with a special afternoon tea occasion to be savoured with those closest to you.

The Afternoon Tea experience at Carton House is €55 per guest to include your selection of tea/coffee or to include a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne for €70 per guest. Sittings available to book every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. To book please call +353 (0)1 505 2000 or visit cartonhouse.com.”

Castle Leslie Estate – Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “A visit to our luxury Irish Castle Estate is not complete without indulging in a delightful Afternoon Tea. Relish in a selection of elegant savouries and homemade sweet treats.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy old-world hospitality at its best over a truly enjoyable tea time experience.

All of our dining options must be booked in advance of arrival, and we ask that all guests adhere to the most up-to-date government guidelines.  Due to social distancing, we cannot permit a ‘walk-in’ policy and bookings for Afternoon Tea must be made in advance of arrival.”

More information on their website.

Culloden Estate – Holywood, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Paying homage to the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton, the tea is served in fine bone crocker, and offers an elegant selection of dainty afternoon tea delights plus an optional glass or two of the finest Champagne that may help get the tongues wagging with all the latest scandal.”

More information on their website.

Cupan Tae- Galway city

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Cupán Tae offers the ultimate Afternoon Tea experience in Galway.  Relax in our beautiful tea rooms, and enjoy our handcrafted Afternoon Tea, presented on the finest of bone china, by our friendly and knowledgable team.  Enjoy our 50+ varieties of teas, each sourced by our master tea expert, and owner / proprietor, Alison Mc Ardle. 

Experience the true essence of luxury while indulging in our premium high tea service, where inhibitions become an afterthought and sumptuousness becomes the norm. Capture the essence of Galway’s critically acclaimed tea room and escape into the picturesque backdrop while enjoying our bespoke high tea menu. Find yourself lost in conversation while complimenting good company with an ambiance befitting your surroundings.

Dining at Cupán Tae is an experience to be remembered and shared.  We look forward to hosting you soon!”

More information on their website.

Dromoland Castle – Co. Clare

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “A long-standing tradition at Dromoland Castle, we aim to impress with this fun and indulgent  ritual. Named for a long-standing member of our staff, Mrs White’s Afternoon Tea, is a feast fit for royalty. You’ll enjoy the prettiest selection of treats: scrumptious finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jams, delicate pastries, our signature tea brack and the sweetest confections. Of course, our specially selected loose leaf teas from around the world are served in sparkling silver teapots, alongside the prettiest china. An unmissable five-star indulgence we know you’ll love!

Mrs White’s Afternoon Tea is available from 7th January – November and served from 1pm – 4pm.”

More information on their website.

Everglades Hotel – Derry city

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Derry Girls Afternoon Tea at The Everglades Hotel in Derry– the menu itself is inspired by the hit Channel 4 show and features the Cream horn shared by Granda Joe & his floosy, a cone of chips in homage to the Chippy fiasco, the famous Derry sausage roll baps (so unnecessary… but so good!!), a classic Tayto Cheese & onion crisp sarnie, as well as a host of local tray bake favourites that would make Ma Mary proud. “

More information on their website.

Galgorm – Co. Antrim

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “‘A luxurious and elegant experience – perfect for everyday’

Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, first introduced the delightful afternoon tea in the early 19th Century. Through the years, it has remained as a lovely way to catch up on family news or reminisce with old friends, Galgorm proudly continues the tradition in the splendid setting of the River Room Conservatory.

A magnificent bespoke glass creation that perfectly frames the stunning setting of the cascading River Maine and lush parkland of the Resort. Take in the beautiful surroundings as your server brings you a pot of freshly brewed tea, chosen from a carefully selected menu of teas sourced to complement your food perfectly.

Enjoy a selection of finely cut sandwiches and miniature savouries, freshly baked scones and delicate miniature desserts. Our creative team is continually coming up with enticing Afternoon Tea menus inspired by beguiling jewels to surprise and delight our guests, ensuring every visit to Galgorm offers something truly unique and memorable. 

Allow us to serve you tradition at its finest.”

More information on their website.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate – Galway

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Afternoon Tea at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is a truly special experience.

The elegant surroundings and faultless presentation make it a memorable occasion aided by friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff. You’ll enjoy an opulent setting with elegant, welcoming service, transforming tea into an indulgent treat.

Dainty assortments include freshly baked scones, seasonal sandwiches, and decadent pastries, macaroons and cakes served with loose leaf tea, herbal tea selection or freshly brewed coffee.”

Book yourself in through their website.

Grand Central Hotel – Belfast, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “A top hotel chain has teamed up with a drinks giant to unveil one of the world’s largest bottles of gin – a 73cm bottle containing a staggering 32 litres. Nearly 1,000 measures of the spirit are included in the Jawbox Giant’s Edition – the star attraction of a new G & Tea afternoon tea offering in the Hastings-owned Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. Holding almost 46 standard bottles of gin, the huge bottle weighs more than 50kg.

The G & Tea experience in Ireland’s tallest cocktail bar, The Observatory in the Grand Central, is supported by Tourism Northern Ireland and the ‘Embrace a Giant Spirit’ campaign. It takes its name and inspiration from Jonathan Swift’s well-known tale, Gulliver’s Travels, in which the writer was said to have been inspired by the sight of the Belfast Hills, which he felt resembled a sleeping giant safeguarding the city.”

More details on their website.

Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork City

Accessibility: Fully accessible apart from the raised balcony area

They say: “Indulge in an Award Winning Afternoon Tea at Hayfield Manor Hotel. Relax in Orchids Restaurant to the subtle tones of a classical piano and soak up the Manor atmosphere as you enjoy a delicious assortment of pastries and cakes freshly prepared in our Patisserie. You are free to choose your favourite tea blend.”

Book yourself in via their website.

Killashee Hotel – Naas, Co. Kildare

Accessibility: Fully Accessible

They say: “Afternoon Tea in The Terrace Restaurant is one of our favourite traditions here at Killashee Hotel. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 12.30pm to 2.30pm in these serene surrounding, it’s the perfect grown up treat. Chat over a delicious spread of dainty sandwiches, spoil yourself with some delicious cakes, catch up on gossip or simply relax and enjoy the gorgeous views of our gardens. Ideal for your family gatherings, girl’s day out, baby showers, christenings & birthday parties. We are only 30 minutes from Dublin city centre and 2 minutes from Naas town just off the N7, making Killashee the ideal location for people to come together for all your special occasions. “

Book yourself in on their website.

Lough Eske Castle – Donegal Town

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Traditional Afternoon Tea might have been invented for a castle hotel in Ireland such as Lough Eske. It can be taken here in the Lobby Lounge or if you prefer, in one of the lovely drawing rooms. You will feel transported back to an era when this elegant ritual was de rigueur. But don’t worry, at Lough Eske lace gloves and top hats are always optional!”

More information available on their website.

Luttrelstown Castle – Castlenock, Dublin 15

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “In 1900, Queen Victoria dropped into Luttrellstown Castle to have Afternoon Tea with her friend Lord Annaly. Afternoon Tea was a favourite occasion of every former owner of the castle and it’s easy to see why with its perfectly cut sandwiches, piping-hot tea and the most delectable hand-made deserts. Now, you’re invited to pay tribute to this special centuries-old tradition with the best Afternoon Tea in Dublin, presented to perfection by a team of well-dressed waiters, in the magical surroundings of Luttrellstown Castle Resort.

Please note that Afternoon Tea is served on selected dates throughout the year. We also love celebrating special occasions like Christmas, Valentine’s and Mother’s day but this depends on the availability of the castle at the time. Please subscribe to our newsletter so that you can be the first to know when new dates for Afternoon Tea are released.”

More information on their website.

Lyrath Estate – Kilkenny

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Afternoon tea is served daily in Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Rooms. It is the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon with friends. Guests can experience a decadent Afternoon Tea surrounded by eclectic interiors, inspired by Lyrath’s own Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, and her love for botanicals and art.   It is a picture-perfect setting in which to enjoy indulgent afternoon tea with friends and loved ones.”

Bookings are made through their website.

Markree Castle – Collooney, Co. Sligo

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Afternoon Tea at Markree Castle is sure to be a treat to remember. Afternoon Tea is served in our light-filled decadent inter-linked dining rooms, overlooking the manicured lawn and rose gardens of the 500-acre estate. Soak up the Castle atmosphere as you enjoy a delicious assortment of finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and cakes freshly prepared by our chef Lee Mastin and his team.

Traditional Afternoon Tea is priced at €26.00 per person, or for the perfect accompaniment to a leisurely afternoon, why not enjoy a glass of Prosecco with your afternoon tea? Prosecco Afternoon Tea is €31.00 per person.”

More information on their website.

Merchant Hotel – Belfast, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: tbc

They say: “When we first opened our doors at The Merchant Hotel, we were excited to reintroduce our sumptuous afternoon tea to the city of Belfast after decades of absence. Since then, our quintessential afternoon tea has garnered a reputation as a “must do” experience to enjoy when visiting the city. We don’t claim to have invented afternoon tea, but we are proud to say we have perfected it.

The breath-taking surroundings of The Great Room Restaurant boast a wealth of original Victorian features. This complements the refined and discreet service, welcoming atmosphere and decadently delicious afternoon tea.”

You can book online through their website.

Merrion Hotel – Dublin, city centre

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “We think our art collection is good enough to eat… ‘Art Tea’ at The Merrion 5 star hotel is the most lavish afternoon tea in Dublin. Treat yourself to a slice of 19th- or 20th-century art served on fine china with miniature sweet creations inspired by the work of J.B Yeats, William Scott, Louis Le Brocquy and others.

The gracious surroundings of The Merrion’s Drawing Rooms are the perfect place to relax for an afternoon with a selection of delectable treats, accompanied by teas and coffees selected by our in-house tea masters and barista, while browsing through a complimentary copy of The Merrion art collection catalogue.

The Vegan Afternoon Tea is our newest offering served in the Drawing Rooms. Savour a range of delicious vegan delights from finger sandwiches, scones to scrumptious cakes and pastries.

Afternoon Tea is served at 13:00, 13:30, 16:00 and 16:30 daily. Please book a table online or alternatively email our Dining Team here to amend a current reservation.

Vouchers are also available to purchase for this delightful experience, please see here for more information.”

Scholars Townhouse Hotel – Drogheda, Co. Louth

Accessibility: Fully Accessible

They say: “Our afternoon tea offering mixes great food with an authentic setting. Enjoy a three-tier menu of sandwiches, sweet treats and scones, all freshly made by our in-house pastry chef. We offer a vast selection of loose leaf tea and beautiful barista-style craft coffee and Prosecco.”

More information on their website.

Shelbourne hotel – Dublin, city centre

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Home to one of the most pleasurable of rituals at Dublin’s favourite five-star hotel — afternoon tea — the fresh, pretty shades of golden yellow, pale green, buttercream, and ivory of the Lord Mayor’s Lounge are echoed in the delicate tones on the plate, with a new Classic Afternoon Tea matching the style and colour of this most iconic of drawing-rooms.

Here are all the essential elements of a traditional afternoon tea, with the selection of impeccably dainty sandwiches including whiskey cured smoked salmon with Lakeshore mustard on Guinness bread, cherry vine tomato and feta cheese on pumpkin bread, egg mayonnaise and cress on white bread and chicken and avocado on poppy seed roll.

With homemade buttermilk scones with clotted cream and jams and sticky lemon drizzle, the afternoon tea menu at The Shelbourne showcases the art of the pâtissier, as it always includes some exceptional and exquisite pastries created by Executive Chef Garry Hughes and his talented team of pastry chefs at the hotel.”

Slane Castle – Slane, Co. Meath

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Slane Castle offer bespoke afternoon teas for select groups in the drawing room of the Castle which is home to the Conyngham family and located on the 1500 acre estate. This can include a Castle tour. On Thursdays a visit to Rock Farm Farmers’ Market (also on the estate) can be incorporated. Slane Distillery, located in one of the courtyards, will reopen for tours shortly.”

More information on their website.

Tankardstown House – Slane, Co. Meath

Accessibility: Partially accessible (let them know at time of booking)

They say: “Set in the picturesque surrounds of Tankardstown’s Garden Village, Afternoon Tea is served in the quaint and cosy Cellar Restaurant. No pomp and circumstance here just an atmospheric relaxed area for some good old fashioned Afternoon Tea and a chat. Tea-goers can choose to dine outside by the fountain on warmer days, definitely worth a trip into the countryside for a relaxing afternoon. Afternoon Tea is served on a traditional three tiered stand, with a selection of handmade sandwiches, delicious homemade minature desserts and freshly baked scones and preserves. Alongside this enjoy unlimited freshly brewed teas and coffee or upgrade to Sparkling Afternoon Tea to include a glass of bubbles.

Group bookings available, ideal for book clubs, afternoon tea parties, birthday celebrations or baby showers.”

The Cottage Loughmore – Loughmore, Co. Tipperary

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “The Cottage Loughmore has tearooms which are housed in one of the oldest buildings in the village. It is an authentic old cottage with a half door open to greet you. A visit is like stepping back in time.

It was winner of Irish Times Best Tearooms in Ireland and the Tipperary Chamber Award for Hospitality and Tourism.”

More information on their website.

The G Hotel – Galway city

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “The ultimate Afternoon experience for two; Take a seat in luxurious surroundings as our highly-trained team of waiters shower you with the 5-star service that is the cornerstone of our iconic Afternoon Tea. While they do that, our prized team of pastry chefs will be busy turning delicious local ingredients into homemade and handcrafted pastries, freshly baked scones, intricately detailed savory bites, and mouth-watering sweet treats.

To accompany this selection of delicacies, our team will also help you pick from our wide range of international teas, coffees. 

This voucher is valid Monday to Sunday all year round; subject to availability. Exemptions include Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Raceweek, and some special events and occasions.

Our new Caithriona King Millinery Afternoon Tea at the g Hotel & Spa, is inspired by the beautiful creations of Caithriona King, a local Galwaegian Milliner and winner of the Galway Races 2019 best hat creation. On the same day Caithriona went on to be named the g Hotel & Spa’s “Best Hat Designer” with another of her masterpieces selected by the g’s judging panel and was crowned “the g Hotel & Spa’s Milliner of the year”. Since winning the g has taken inspiration, creativity, and flair from Caithriona’s art and asked her for her own favorite flavors, colors, and textures for this time of year. Her answers have inspired the wonderful creations made by our g kitchen team, in the form of our beautiful bespoke #CKMgAfternoonTea”

More information on their website.

The Hardiman Hotel – Galway City

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “A symphony of gentle indulgence, our Afternoon Tea is a time-honoured tradition which has been savoured by generations of guests at The Hardiman. Relax for the afternoon with a selection of delectable treats created by our Head Pastry Chef, accompanied by teas and coffees selected by our in-house tea masters and barista from €22 per person and sparking afternoon tea is €28 pp. Served daily from 12.30-5.30pm.”

More information on their website.

The Imperial Hotel – Cork, city centre

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “June marked the 60th anniversary of the Royal Visit to Ireland by Prince Rainer and Princess Grace of Monaco who, along with their children, stayed at The Imperial Hotel in Cork on the 24th of June 1961. The princess, of course, had well-known Irish connections. Her grandfather, John Kelly, had been born at Drumirla, near Clew Bay, Co Mayo and Ireland was always close to her heart.

The Royal visit saw the people of Cork flock in their thousands to the South Mall, to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Princess. During her stay, the then manager insisted the royal couple be served Irish stew.

Princess Grace remains a major icon of screen and style, to this day! Elegance and grace define her memory and from the moment you indulge in the afternoon tea, inspired by Grace Kelly’s favourite things, you will be immediately overcome by a sense of understated opulence.

Book yourself in on their website.

The Intercontinental Hotel – Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “While away an afternoon relaxing in the newly refurbished Lobby Lounge at the five Star InterContinental Dublin and enjoy the Hotel’s delicious new Autumn Afternoon Tea, with new seasonal creations.

The Hotel’s Pastry Chef Orna Larkin, has created an assortment of new indulgent sweet delights including Miso Caramel Sponge Cake, Chocolate and Orange Tart; Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon and Poppyseed Madelines.

Before the sweet treats enjoy a selection of delicate finger sandwiches of Honey Roasted Ham and Dubliner Cheddar; Mini Bagels with Smoked Salmon; Egg Mayonnaise and Paprika and Lemon Scented Chicken Brioche rolls.

The Hotel’s infamous hot buttermilk scones, plain and fruit, can be enjoyed with clotted cream and homemade mango and raspberry preserves and a choice of Shibui Loose Leaf Teas or Bewley’s Coffees.

The Hotel also has delicious Vegan and Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Menus available.

Reservations are essential, visit www.intercontinentaldublin.ie or call 01-6654000″

Westbury – Dublin City Centre

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “

Sink back into a sumptuous sofa and enjoy a Dublin institution – Afternoon Tea at The Westbury. Enjoy views over Grafton Street as you sample an enticing selection of sandwiches, scones and divine homemade pastries. Try fragrant teas from all over the globe served in pretty silver teapots; and for a particularly indulgent experience, savour a glass of Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV from our hugely popular Champagne trolley.

This Summer, The Westbury is delighted to also introduce Bubbles & Cake – an exciting paired Champagne offering amidst the stunning setting of The Gallery. For a limited time, enjoy two handmade cakes alongside two glasses of Charles Heidsieck Champagne for €35 per person. Making a reservation in advance is highly recommended.”

More information on their website.

BREWERIES & DISTILLERY VISITS

Gin, Vodka, Whiskey , Beer, Cider, Mead, Poitin, Wine we have it all and you can visit the distilleries and breweries and taste the goodness at the source!

Ballykilcavan Brewery, Stradbally, Co. Laois

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “We’ll be opening up our brewery tours at Ballykilcavan again in July / August.  The brewery is based in the 18th century farmyard on our 13th generation family farm just outside Stradbally in Co. Laois.  The tour
starts with a walk around the old farmyard and stable yard, where I
share the family stories and then we go into the brewery to taste the
malts that we get made from our own barley and see how we make the
beers.  We finish with a sample of four different beers, and from autumn
of this year, we’ll have our new visitor centre (in the mill building
next to the brewery) ready to go.”

Black Donkey Brewery – Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon

Accessibility: Partially accessible (Tours take place all on one level, so theoretically yes but, they don’t currently have any wheelchair accessible bathrooms or other adapted facilities on site.)

They say: “Brewery tours are by prior booking only, and take approximately 90 minutes. Tours are led by the head brewer and are very immersive; see, touch, smell, feel and of course, taste. The shop will offer beer, merchandise, and associated snacks and produce. “

More info on their website.

Boatyard Distillery – Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Visit us on the banks of Lough Erne to see how we produce the finest spirits using the highest quality botanicals and ingredients. Come and meet our team, our stills and discover the secret behind the famous ‘Érainn’ our Copper still.

Each tour lasts 90 minutes and includes: the history and origins of the Boatyard Distillery; a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery from distilling to labelling, and an insight into our future projects and the chance to label your own 70cl bottle of Boatyard Double Gin to take home with you.”

More information on their website.

Brehon Brewhouse, Dunelty, Co. Monaghan

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: “Brehonbrewhouse is based on a working dairy farm in Co.Monaghan , just a stone throw from Inniskeen the birth place of Patrick Kavanagh “Oh Stony Grey Soil of Monaghan”.
The tour starts with a little history lesson, explaining why our Brewery is called Brehon.

Tourists get to feel and smell the fresh malts and hops that go into making our range of beers.
We educate the groups on the brewing process answering any questions along the way.

Then it’s off to the taproom. This is the ancestral home of the McMahon Family.
We give tastings of the beers accompanied by stories about our family’s past and present.”

Burren Brewery, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

Accessibility: tbc

They say: “Peter will share his knowledge in brewing his Burren Black Stout, Burren Gold lager, Burren Red Ale and his unique Euphoria Wild yeast gruit beer. You will taste these amazing beers.”

Good to know: It is whispered that the Burren Brewery is the smallest brewery in Ireland. More information can be found on their website.

Pro tip: Do not leave until you’ve met and chatted with Peter Curtin, he is one of the most engaging story tellers in the country.

Clonakilty Distillery – Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Accessibility: Fully Accessible for the tours (some help would be needed for the gin school).

They say: “Located in the heart of Clonakilty town, our distillery opened in 2018. The three gleaming copper pot stills are an inspiring sight to behold. Here we create our award winning new make.

We also have a visitor centre, shop and restaurant on site. This is the home of Clonakilty whiskey.”

FYI they also have the Minke Gin School. More information on their website.

Echlinville Distillery – Newtownards, Co. Down

Accessibility: TBC

They say: “The Echlinville Distillery Tour and Tipple offers offer a unique insight into the workings of our family run farm distillery.

Enjoy welcome refreshments  at the historic Echlinville Manor House then follow the journey of our spirits from ground to glass. Hear about our commitment to provenance and how we sow, grow, harvest and floor malt all our own barley on our distillery farm.

View our beautiful copper stills and enjoy the earthy aromas of our whiskey maturation warehouse – but be careful not to disturb our sleeping casks. And after you have discovered how we capture the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of our spirits, relax and enjoy two drinks of your choice in our bar. Whiskey, gin or poitín – the choice is yours.” CURRENTLY CLOSED

More info on their website.

Jameson Distillery – Bow st, Dublin

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “In 1780 John Jameson opened the doors of Jameson Distillery Bow St., Smithfield. Over 240 years later, the doors remain open welcoming friends near and far. Offering five fully hosted experiences including a whiskey cocktail making class, whiskey blending class and the World’s Leading Distillery Tour*; the Bow St. Experience which brings the Jameson production process to life through stories and the process used, culminates with a comparative whiskey tasting as you walk in the footsteps of John Jameson. Round off your visit with a trip to JJ’s Bar to soak up the atmosphere.
*Winner of World’s Leading Distillery Tour 2018, 2019, 2020 at the World Travel Awards.”

Jameson Distillery – Midleton, Co. Cork

Accessibility: Partial accessible

They say: ” Today every drop of Jameson is produced in Midleton.  It’s the place of whiskey making dreams, where a true Irish welcome awaits.  The visitor is invited to take one of our fully-guided tours around our heritage grounds.  It’s here you’ll come face-to-face with the largest pot still in the world, see our new micro-distillery in action, experience our live maturation warehouse and taste our whiskeys along the way.  You’ll even get the chance to make new friends at the bar.  To make your time with us even more memorable, you may like to add on a Premium Whiskey Tasting or a Cask Opening experience to your visit.  Another great option is our two-hour Behind the Scenes Tour which is a must for the whiskey enthusiast.With so much to do, taste and learn, there is no time like the present to explore our past.”

Kilbeggan Distillery – Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: “As the oldest licensed distillery of its kind in Ireland, the Kilbeggan Distilling Company has seen its share of trials and triumphs. Founded in 1757, the distillery spent the next 200 years making a whiskey beloved the world over. So when tough times ground its gears to a halt, the town came together to save the whiskey that built the town. It wasn’t quick or easy, but they persevered. Today, every bottle produced stands as proof that the spirit of Kilbeggan never wavered.”

More information on the tours can be found on their website.

Kinnegar Brewery, Letterkenny, Donegal

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Come and discover how Kinnegar pairs brewing tradition with a contemporary sense of adventure to produce clean, crisp, full-flavoured beers. An absolute must for any Kinnegar fan, our popular brewery tours provide the opportunity to hear our story and meet the people behind the beer. The tours are relaxed, informal and enjoyable. “

Kinsale Mead Co – Kinsale, Co. Cork

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Kinsale Mead Co is Ireland’s first meadery in almost 200 years. Using a blend of ancient recipes and modern techniques, Kate and Denis Dempsey have resurrected a love of Mead through the sustainably made, award-winning meads created at their family run meadery. Each batch is lovingly hand crafted with care and passion using the best local and natural ingredients

Highlights of a tour at Kinsale Mead Co. include:

  • Insights into Kinsale Meads: light and refreshing; fermented off dry (12% ABV wine strength)
  • Myths & Legends: the story and evolution of Mead through the centuries
  • Bee Judgments: how Ireland’s Bee Laws protected the bees; taste three unique raw honeys
  • Process: modern mead making from fermentation, through to maturation and bottling
  • Tasting: sample award-winning meads and a seasonal cocktail in the Meadery’s oak bar tasting room
  • Family Run: We love to share our passion and knowledge!”

Find out more information on their website.

Listoke Distillery and Gin School – Co. Louth

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “The Listoke Gin School is a hands on experience like no other. A class lasts for just under 3 hours and during that time you get an insight into the world of gin and distilling. After a tour of our distillery and some information on us and our story, we will guide you through a selection of about 50 botanicals and help you choose the right ones for your recipe. Then with your individual copper still, we will begin the distillation process. While this occurs, you will be treated to delicious foods from around the Boyne Valley Region. With your gin bottled and labelled, you are ready to head home after a day of laughs and learning – and a few G&Ts! Book online now on our website.”

McGill’s Brewery, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Accessibility: Fully Accessible

They say: “McGill’s Brewery was founded by Joe McGill. It is located in the Gaeltact region of Murreigh, Waterville, in Iveragh in the South of Kerry, Ireland. It is the first microbrewery on the Iveragh Pennisula. McGill’s beers are produced to the highest standard of quality. Each beer is unique to the area of South Kerry. They reflect our local heroes, culture, and history. In our small brewery we handcraft our beers with care perfecting traditional Irish beer styles using our state of the art brewery system. We hope you enjoy tasting our beers as much as we do producing them. ‘Sláinte agus fad saol agat’ (Health and long life to you).

In our brewery tour you will try our tasty hand crafted beers. You will learn about our local heroes, culture, and history that inspire our beers. You will also find out how our beers are made in a fun and entertaining way.  You’ll learn some words in the Irish Language. Come join us for a truly unique personable experience on the Wild Atlantic Way.”

Micil Distillery, Galway

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: ” Micil Distillery is Galway’s first whiskey distillery to open its doors in over 100 years. It’s headed up by Pádraic Ó Griallais, a 6th generation distiller passionately continuing a 170 year old family tradition. The distillery traces its roots back to 1848, when Pádraic’s great-great-great grandfather, Micil Mac Chearra, began producing poitín from a small stillhouse in Connemara.

Our visitor centre at Micil Distillery opened to the public in July 2018. We run tours and tastings on most days at our working distillery. The tours give you a unique, up-close insight into the world of Micil poitín, and gin.

During a tour of Micil Distillery, you’ll learn the real history of whiskey, poitín and gin. You’ll learn how they’re made, and what makes our own products so unique. You’ll hear some family history, from the original founder Micil Mac Chearra in 1848 through to his great-great-great grandson, Pádraic.

You’ll experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a working distillery, and hear some interesting, funny and daring stories. You’ll get to taste for yourself the products we continue to make in a time-honoured tradition, spirits steeped in heritage, yet of their time. Our tours/tastings are a unique experience not to be missed.

*Whiskey tours are due to be launched in late August.”

Powerscourt Distillery, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “The Distillery and Warehouse tour includes a tour of the fully operational Whiskey Distillery, a visit to the onsite Maturation Warehouse and concludes with a sampling of four of their award-winning Fercullen Irish Whiskeys. This option is €25pp.

Also running is a food pairing tour for €35pp, this includes the full tour and tasting with the addition of local artisan foods specifically chosen to pair with each of the Fercullen Whiskeys.”

More information can be found on their website.

Rademon Estate Distillery, Co. Down

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Our small but carefully crafted distillery is located in the most scenic countryside location, and where we can learn more about how we distill our award winning gins and Irish whiskey. Afterwards, we will guide you through a tasting. As part of the ticket price you will get a Shortcross glass and £5 bottle voucher. 

We will also be hosting cocktail classes and afternoon tea events throughout summer, think a juniper inspired afternoon tea, paired with wild foraged cocktails.”

Visit their website here.

Rascals Brewery – Dublin, City centre

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “We haven’t an exact date for resumption of tours but we feel it will be mid or late July. Below is some copy and I have attached some pictures too. If there’s anything else you need please let me know. Thanks! 

Come visit Rascals HQ and take a guided tour of our brewery! As well as discovering how we make our award-winning beers with an expert guide, you’ll also get to sample some of our tasty brews and learn all about the Rascals story. From winning homebrewing competitions to becoming one of the most respected Irish craft breweries, our story is woven through an interactive tour that engages all of the senses. You’ll get a first-hand glimpse at the workings of our brewery from the malt room to the brewhouse to the fermentation tanks. This is an immersive tour which really brings you behind the scenes of a real working Dublin brewery!

The premium tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and costs €20 per person, with a tasting of four of core beers. The standard tour, without the beer tasting, is €10 and lasts 30 minutes.

Tours can be booked on our website and will resume in late July 2021.”

Rebel City Distillery – Cork City

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Rebel City Distillery, the first new distillery in Cork city in almost fifty years, is breathing new life into long-abandoned factory buildings in Cork’s historic Docklands. Taking the legacy of the old Ford Building and transforming it for a global Ireland of the twenty first century.

Rebel City Distillery was founded in 2020 by husband-and-wife Robert and Bhagya alongside Robert’s father Brendan Barrett. Maharani Gin celebrates a fusion of Cork and Keralite cultures, from where Robert and Bhagya respectively come from.

Maharani, our first spirit, is a fusion of these two creative cultures and is already a multi award-winning gin. Maharani gin is zested with pomelo, and uniquely spiced with cassia and nutmeg mace, all sourced from a women’s organic farming co-operative in Kerala, India. Maharani means ‘High Queen’ and is a tribute to strong women everywhere.”

Skellig Six 18 Distillery, Cahershiveen, Co.Kerry

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “The location in the heart of Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry means there are many beautiful scenic routes that take you directly to the doors of the Skellig Six18 Distillery. On arrival, take in the beautiful views of the Skellig Coastline. Then step inside the home of Skellig Six18, inspired by the Skellig landscape which is rich in history and character, and named after the six hundred & 18 stone steps that lead to the top of the Skellig Michael.  

Take a guided tour around the Distillery Visitor Experience, where every drop of Skellig Six18 Gin has been distilled. Discover the natural botanical ingredients found in the woodlands, hedgerows and shoreline of the rich Skellig landscape. Learn about each of the botanical ingredients foraged locally and carefully chosen to create the artisan pot distilled gin. Relax and savour the taste of the Atlantic Coast with a unique gin tasting experience.  

Skellig Six18 have ambitious plans to build a state-of-the-art whiskey distillery plant, learn more about their plans and the future of Skellig Six18 Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.  

The tours Skellig Six18 Distillery Visitor Experience have now re-opened, make sure to book online at skelligsix18distillery.ie, and all visitors on the tours receive a €5 voucher redeemable against a 70cl bottle of Skellig Six18 Gin, available in the on-site gift shop.  Sláinte, the Skellig Six18 team look forward to warmly welcoming you.”

Stillgarden Distillery, Dublin

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Visit Stillgarden Distillery for a tour of our botanical garden and a complimentary cocktail. Hear about the community project that took an area of wasteland in Dublin 8 and gave it a new lease of life. After the tour you can relax on the heated terrace and enjoy one of our house cocktails with the option to order further drinks from our full menu of delicious libations. Pizza is available next door from Rascal Brewing Co.”

Teeling Distillery, Dublin

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: ” The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is delighted to be back open for tours and has made all the necessary adjustments to ensure we’ve been able to continue to offer the unique experience of visiting a live working distillery, while also ensuring you do so in a safe and socially distanced environment. Dublin’s independent, family owned distillery is offering a free iconic Teddy’s ice-cream after every tour, as well as established favourites of a full cocktail menu of summer inspired whiskey cocktails, “pour your own” bottles of distillery exclusives whiskeys and sweet & savoury treats in the Phoenix Café.
Distillery Tours: Thursday to SundayPhoenix Café: Monday to Sunday.”

I say: ” Teelings very generously gave a code for 15% off their self-guided Trinity tours. Use PROPERFOOD15 in the discount box.”

The Shed Distillery – Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

Accessibility:

They say: ” A curious quest for curious minds. Experience this operational, authentic distillery. An incredible journey into the heart of rural Ireland and inner sanctum of the first distillery in Connacht in 101 years.

A fully guided experience including an expert tasting of Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey with one of our Curious Ambassadors, and finishing with a refreshing Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin & Tonic at the Honey Badger bar in our majestic botanical glasshouse.

We recommend you allow at least 1.5 hours for your visit.”

More information on their website.

Tullamore Distillery – Tullamore, Co. Offally

Accessibility: TBC

They say: ” From November 2021, the Tullamore Distillery in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland, is planned to become the new home of our Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Experience and will host all future brand and whiskey tours.

This means that we intend to close the current visitor centre from (Oct 2020 – Autumn 2021) as we plan the upgrades to the visitor experience at our distillery.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates and we look forward to welcoming you to our new immersive visitor experience at our distillery in Winter 2021.”

You can find more information on the tours here.

Wicklow Way Wines – Bray, Co. Wicklow

Accessibility: Fully accessible but please let them know in advance as the tasting will need to be rearranged in the ground floor area.

They say: “The delicious wine tasting takes place in our tasting room overlooking the vats of wine (which hold future bottles of our mouthwatering Móinéir Irish Strawberry, Blackberry, and Raspberry Wines). You’ll experience the unique characteristics of each wine and understand how they differ from each other, and importantly, how they differ from other wines on the market. Having tasted each wine for the first time, it’s time for round two! This is when you will experience their beautiful flavours alongside Irish artisan cheeses and chocolates. The food pairings are selected to complement the uniqueness of the three wines, while being wonderfully delicious in their own right. Trust us, you won’t experience this anywhere else in Ireland! By the end of the Wine Tasting & Winery Tour, you’ll walk away with a new appreciation of wine, wine tastings, food pairings, and the dedication and passion that goes into the whole process, from meadow to glass.

Prior to the exciting wine tasting, our winemaker will guide you on your casual tour around the winery – consider it an intro to winemaking! As shown on Neven’s Irish Food Trails and Nationwide with Mary Kennedy, you’ll see where the wines are made, and learn about how they’re made, all the while understanding the care that goes into making small batches of these rare and unique wines which are crafted from locally grown strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Depending on the time of year, you may see a fermentation underway, meaning you will experience the fabulous colours, amazing aromas, and surprising sounds of the fermenting berry juice. You’ll learn what happens in the year between the initial fermentation of the juices and the bottling of the finished wines, which involves hand bottling, corking and labelling. It’s a labour of love, that’s for sure (but we adore every minute)!

I say: ” You can buy tickets for the tour at a discount by clicking through using code PROPERFOOD here, please note that this is an affiliate link (if you don’t know what this is, it means that if you purchase through this link, I will earn a small commission, this will not cost you anything).

Wild Atlantic Distillery – Castlederg, Co. Tyrone

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Meet the people behind Ireland’s newest distillery in a fun and friendly environment just 15 miles from the Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival while taking the opportunity to learn how we make our award winning Wild Atlantic Irish Gin and Wild Atlantic Irish Vodka and let us introduce you to the equipment that makes it all possible. Take a complimentary bottle of our Award Winning Wild Atlantic Irish Gin or Vodka with you to enjoy at home.”

More information on their website.

COOKERY CLASSES

Airfied Cooking Workshops – Dundrum, Dublin 16

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Our Autumn schedule of classes are a mixture of demonstration and hands on in person classes. They will take place in the Neff Inspiration Kitchen with doors open but people should dress for the weather too!”

More information on their website.

Aniar Boutique Cookery School – Galway city, Co. Galway

Accessibility: Whilst the restaurant is suitable for wheelchair users, the classes would need to be on a case by case basis.

Located in Michelin star Aniar Restaurant, the Aniar Boutique Cookery School offers one-day workshops as well as six-week classes. The classes run by JP McMahon offer hands-on experience on a range of topics from ‘The Perfect Loaf’, ‘Planning a Dinner Party’ to ‘Tapas at Home’. Classes are due to reopen in person in the autumn but in the meantime online classes are available.

Aoife Noonan Cookery School – online classes

Accessibility: n/a

They say: “Home cooks and corporate groups will have the option of selecting from off-the-shelf classes including Cake Basics, Afternoon Tea, Brunch with Friends, a Macaron Masterclass, Special Occasion Desserts, and a 4 Week (one class per week x 4) Patisserie For Beginners course. For those looking for something a little more bespoke, Aoife will also be offering highly customised group sessions, focusing entirely on an area of your choosing. Standard classes are priced at €60 per person, with specialised sessions starting from €75 per head.”

All details on Aoife Noonan‘s website.

Arcane Chocolate Masterclasses – Dublin

Accessibility: Not Accessible

They say: “I design the course around the wishes of the client, so for example it can be a half-day course really basic about just tempering and rolling some truffles, to a multi-day class with a deep dive into the technical side of ganaches/shelf-life/cocoa butter designs, to chocolate centre-pieces.”

Contact Erik through his website.

Ballyknocken Cookery School – Ashford, Co. Wicklow

Accessibility: Fully accessible (but please do let them know when booking)

They say: “Nestled between lush herb, vegetable and soft fruit gardens Ballyknocken Cookery School Wicklow is owned and managed by Day Time Emmy nominated Irish Celebrity Chef Catherine Fulvio.

We are conveniently located a mere 47 km from Dublin. Catherine Fulvio herself a Wicklow native fulfilled a dream when she converted the old milking parlour into a cookery school over 20 years ago that has since gone from strength-to-strength, being voted winner of the International Cordon D’Or Culinary Academy of the year.

If you share our passion for good food and would like to develop new skills in the kitchen, then our popular cooking classes are a must. Our year-round cookery calendar has a great choice of short and one-day cookery courses and weekend cookery courses to suit all levels of skills and experience from beginner to advanced.

And if you cannot make to us, we can make it to you with our new online Cookery School offering classes and courses. You can learn anywhere, anytime with us.”

Ballymaloe Cookery School – Shanagarry, Co. Cork

Accessibility: Partially Accessible

They say: “Our short courses range from 1/2 day to 2.5 day or week long courses, and cover a wide range of culinary, horticultural and business topics. We regularly invite a number of well-known Guest Chefs to demonstrate to our students.  We also offer bespoke cookery courses or demonstrations. For more information please contact us on info@cookingisfun.ie or +353 (0)21 464 6785

Information on the full list of courses can be found on their website.

Belfast Cookery School – Belfast, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “The Belfast Cookery School was born out of love for great food and our desire to share our experience with you. Our classes cater for all ages and abilities–designed to awaken, enliven and revitalise a passion for cooking”

More information on their website.

Ciara’s Kitchen – Co. Wicklow

Accessibility: Fully accessible as classes are online

They say: “In 2012, Ciara established Ciara’s Kitchen, a small but busy cooking school in beautiful Co. Wicklow.  Here she runs in-house cooking demonstrations all year round covering a wide range of topics.

Since March 2020 Ciara has had to pivot her in-person demos to online. Most attendees cook along although there is no pressure to do so. Some prefer to watch and cook later at their own pace. Ciara has an approachable teaching and cooking style and instills confidence in everyone’s ability to make delicious, tasty and nutritious meals.  The main goal is to teach people of all levels how to cook different dishes and to inspire them to try and taste new ingredients all while having fun.

Ciara offers online classes every Saturday afternoon as well as teens and kid’s online classes during school holidays or during lockdowns. Corporate, transition year groups and private group bookings are also available.

Recipes and zoom invites are emailed the Wednesday before each class.Recordings are available if the time doesn’t suit.

€20 for one demo / €50 for 3 / €50 for camps.

For more info on what is coming up please contact Ciara directly or log onto www.ciaraskitchen.ie/demos

Irish Soda Bread Way – Westport, Co. Mayo

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “Your local welcoming hosts Mary and Carmel look forward to meeting you.

Mary will introduce you to some of the fascinating aspects of traditional Irish soda bread making. Discover how Irish country butter is made and all the piseogs (superstitions!) around it in the past!

Carmel will demonstrate how to make traditional Irish soda scones before you make them yourself. While the scones are baking in the oven she will show you how to make traditional Irish brown soda bread. Just as the scones are baked, your very own brown soda bread will be ready to pop in the oven! Enjoy the warm freshly baked soda scones smothered with lashings of Irish country butter and local homemade jam over a cup of tea and a chat.”

More information on their website.

Just Cooking Cookery School – Killarney, Co. Kerry

Accessibility: tbc

They say: “Just Cooking was founded by Mark & Bernie Doe who are professionals in the Food and hospitality Industry, each with over 20 years’ experience. Their passion for Fine Food and the joy of sharing that knowledge is the driving force behind Just Cooking. What began as a few Cookery Classes quickly turned into a Cookery School with a full schedule of courses. Their vast industry experience resulted in regular requests for assistance by Restaurants and Hotels, which led to setting up of the Food Consultancy service dealing with all aspects of the trade. Mark and Bernie have an aptitude for imparting their knowledge not only through the Cookery Classes but through Consultations with Food establishments and offering advice on the many different aspects of a good Food Business.”

More information on their website.

Little Lou Cooks – Co. Galway

Accessibility: n/a as online

They say: “Lou is a chef and has worked around some of Galway’s best foodie hotspots over the last 12 years.  Covid has taken its toll on the hospitality industry and Lou has decided to change direction and begin teaching what she has learned in professional kitchens to food loving home cooks. 

She has been running Online Saturday Brunch Cookalong Classes all summer long. Lou’s classes will elevate your everyday cooking and she will share easy to follow recipes that you’ll go back to over and over again. She has 2 young kids and has plans to run classes to empower parents to cook well at home for their kids.”

You can email Lou for more information.

McNean Cookery School – Blacklion, Co. Cavan

Accessibility: Not Accessible

They say: “There are a variety of courses available at The Neven Maguire Cookery School ranging from half day classes to detailed two-day courses.

We invite you to inform us of any dietary requirements in advance of your chosen course and we will make the necessary adjustment to recipes for you.

Each course will begin with a ‘MacNean Welcome’ including tea/coffee and homemade scones.

Neven’s special recipe packs will be provided and all who participate will take home a special certificate of attendance from The Neven Maguire Cookery School.”

More information on their website.

Riot Rye Bread School – Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary

Accessibility: tbc

They say: “Joe pioneered the introduction to Dublin of modern sourdough breads. He was raised through whole-food macrobiotics and his parents, Pauline and Joe, founded ‘The Golden Dawn’, a macrobiotic whole-foods centre in Dublin in the 1970s.

His sister Lorraine set-up Blazing Salads II, a whole-food/vegetarian restaurant in 1986 and then in 2000, with his other sister Pamela, opened Blazing Salads Food Company, a renowned whole-food/vegetarian delicatessen.

Joe joined them straight away and began baking 100% rye, spelt and wheat sourdoughs for the deli. In 2004, the three of them opened Dublin’s first fully certified organic commercial bakery, the award-winning Blazing Salads Bread Company.

That same year, Julie visited Findhorn Foundation Community in Scotland. After her experience there, Julie and Joe decided to join Cloughjordan Eco-village and build a wood-fired bakery: Cloughjordan Wood-fired Bakery. In 2014, they decided to set a new course with their business in response to the continuing demise of true artisan and craft bakeries in Ireland and set up riot rye.

Joe is a founding member of Real Bread Ireland.”

Full information on their online and in person classes on their website.

Sprig Cookery School – Online

Accessibility: N/a

They say: “With a subscription to Sprig, you gain access to unlimited classes to join your peers for live experiences from top chefs and professionals in the food industry. Sprig members also gain access to an exclusive community where we share recipes, chat, and learn from each other.”

More information on their website.

Tannery Cookery School – Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “The Tannery Cookery School is a gorgeous space – a chic, naturally-lit series of rooms custom-designed by Paul and Máire to cater for up to 14 participants at practical classes, or 30 at cookery demos. Paul and his roster of guest tutors run courses every weekend, offering fun and informative days in the kitchen for anyone with a casual interest in cooking. Don’t worry about your culinary skills… small groups, hen parties, corporate off-site events and closet masterchefs are all welcome at an award-winning school renowned for Paul’s down-to-earth advice and encouragement. Check out our courses, and you could soon bring a taste of the Tannery to your kitchen table!

If you would like to make an enquiry about our cookery courses, please email us info@tannery.ie

The Bunnery Cookery School – Kells, Co. Meath

Accessibility: N/a as all online

They say: ” A farmer’s daughter from county Meath is bringing people all over the World together as they learn to cook online with her.

Self-taught Catriona Callaghan pivoted her cake decorating business ‘The Bunnery’ when the pandemic hit and says the support of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in County Meath means her completely online cookery school has a bright future post-COVID.

She said, “prior to the pandemic I was a home based cake decorator. I made wedding cakes and birthday cakes but when COVID hit, nobody wanted cakes any more because there were no more occasions anymore.”

Catriona, who is based in Kells, responded by “pivoting my business; I started to do tutorials on social media and that led to more and more enquiries from people who wanted full cooking classes.”

She quickly found that her social media presence grew quickly and, “my followers on social media went from around 900 up to about 60,000-70,000 within a few weeks.”

The pandemic also introduced her to Zoom. “As a result of family Zoom quizzes, I found ‘Zoom’ and started teaching kids live Zoom cookery classes.”

“What is unique about the Bunnery is that our classes are all interactive. They are live classes but I allow everyone to ask questions.”

Being online allows her to connect and cook with family and friends living in different countries.  She has one family group with members in Australia, London, Belgium and Cork.

“we run weekly live cook alongs, private cook alongs and demos for groups as well as loads of group classes where tutorials are pre recorded so people can pop in and out whenever suits them”

More information on their website.

Ursa Minor Bakehouse – Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: tbc

They say: ” With the current social distancing distancing measures we are unable to host any bread classes or supper clubs at this time. We have removed events but left an option to purchase a voucher for a class that can be redeemed when all is back to normal.

Waterman House Cookery School – Belfast, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Restaurant owner and award-winning chef Niall McKenna has launched a fresh, new-look cookery school at Waterman House building in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Hill as part an investment of more than £1 million to redevelop the former James Street South Cookery School, previously housed within the popular James Street restaurant.

Waterman House Cookery School can safely accommodate larger groups of up to 18 people with state-of-the-art work stations and the latest kitchen equipment. The emphasis in all classes at Waterman House Cookery School is to feature produce that is seasonal and available in local shops and also to use equipment that is easy and accessible for all.

With a diverse schedule of classes covering Fish and Shellfish, Meat and BBQ, Italian, Curry and Vegetarian, suited to chefs of all levels there really is something for everyone to enjoy a great day out at the new Waterman House Cookery School.

Mid-week classes at Waterman House Cookery School last for up to 3 hours and Saturday classes can last up to 4 hours. All attendees of the classes will receive an apron to take home and are encouraged to sit down and enjoy their meal on completion of the class, with a well-deserved glass of wine.”

Wee Buns Cookery School – Dungannon, Co. Tyrone

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “I have a cookery school in Country Tyrone and I run a range of seasonal cooking  and baking classes. I’m one of the new Tourism NI ‘ Embrace A Giant Spirit ‘ experiences under which I run traditional Irish baking  classes and a Bramley Apple experience at an orchard in County Armagh.”

More information on their website.

FARM VISITS

We are so lucky to live in a country where we have such an open access to working farms. It’s one of my favourite things to do!

One of the new borns at Olly’s farm

Bee Wise – Kilmessan, Co. Meath

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Bee Wise Nature Trail is situated on a 5 acre woodland site with an educational meandering walk through tree facts and wildlife wooden tree stumps. There is an observation hive to see the honey bees in action, wildflower areas, and children’s activities such as willow tee-pee and tunnel, wobbly bridge of life, etc. There are numerous benches throughout the walkway to sit and relax and watch the wildlife. Suitable for all ages to enjoy.

Currently the Bee Wise Nature Trail is open on Sundays and you can book on our website.”

Burren Farm Experience – Boston, Co. Clare

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: “We do really unique foodie events on our farm in the Burren National Park from food trails to sloe gin workshops to private dining wild cooking experiences in the ancient Irish rainforest, over the limestone pavement sunnomnious with the Burren to the seren lough Bunny lake.”

More information can be found on their website.

Burren Smoked Salmon Experience – Lisdoornvarna, Co. Clare

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Call into the Burren Smokehouse and go on a tour in Taste the Atlantic – the Salmon Experience, our interactive multi sensory & newest Visitor Experience. Open Daily 10.00 – 17.00.

We stock Local Burren Food and our Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon in our shop.”

More information can be found on their website.

Causey Farm Ice Cream Experience

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “A safe and tasty day out for you and your family at Causey Farm. The Causey Ice Cream Adventure hopes to reopen on 13th June 2021 depending on government guidance.

Start on a trail and as you follow along you’ll find games to play, puzzles to solve, bubbles to blow (giant ones!) and acres and acres of green countryside freedom. Causey Farm is just that – a working farm which is home to cattle, sheep, ponies, pigs (we have some very cute piglets right now), hens, geese, a retired turkey and his wife and a noisy gaggle of giggling geese. The trail ends with lots of ice cream of course!

More updates on reopening and booking can be found on our website.”

DK Connemara Oysters Farm – Letterfrack, Co. Galway

Accessibility: Partially accessible, please check before booking

They say: “Our farm is based in Letterfrack Co Galway. We are 5 minutes from the Connemara National Park and 15 minutes from Kylemore Abbey.

We do oyster farm tours and tasting and you can also come to the farm purely to enjoy oysters. We call it the oyster picnic. 

We are part of Taste The Atlantic (1 of 21 seafood ambassadors ) joint imitative of BIM and Failte Ireland.  

Please note we are a working farm not an interpretive centre or a restaurant. People come to enjoy the experience of tasting a Farm Fresh Oyster. 

An oyster takes its flavour from the bay its grown in and in our case this is influenced by the Nutrients flowing into the Bay from the Connemara mountains fusing with the Atlantic Ocean.”

More information on the website.

Kylemore FarmHouse – Abbey, Co. Galway

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese is a unique, premium Irish farmhouse cheese produced directly on our farm in Co. Galway. Our unique award-winning cheese is inspired from the Swiss alps.

It is fully traceable and sustainable from farm to fork, Bord Bia – Origin Green approved. We are proud to be producing a product that has a low carbon footprint.

We are producing our highest quality raw material – natural milk from our grass-fed Pedigree Dairy herd of cows for over 60 years.

Cheese is only produced in the months of April to October and is matured for a minimum of 5 months, thisnatural washed rind cheese, has a creamy, nutty buttery flavour.

Our cheeses are handmade at the foothills of the Slieve Aughty mountains, Co. Galway in Kylemore ‘downtown’ to the monastic village of Abbey. Throughout the year we offer educational farm and cheese tours and a traditional afternoon tea in our 200 year old period farmhouse. Tours can be booked through our online shop.”

Long Meadow Farm – Craigavon, Co. Armagh

Accessibility: Not accessible.

They say: “Famed the world over for its Armagh Bramley apples, top class cider and unbeatable hospitality offering, take a trip to the Orchard county this Summer and experience the sights, sounds and aromas of a traditional cider distillery, gain a new-found appreciation for the craftsmanship from the master brewer themselves and get lost amongst the Orchards located the heart of Armagh.

Visitors will learn about the different apple growing systems and can pick apples at harvest time (September to October). The guided tour will also feature a visit to the cider premises to include apple storage facilities, cider press and information on the fermentation process. As part of the tour, visitors will receive a bottle of their choosing of Long Meadow Cider, Medium or Blossom Burst Cider to enjoy at home.

Long Meadow Cider are following all current government guidelines, and all measures are being taken to ensure the comfort and safety of every guest. Tours are available every Saturday at 11am. For more information or to book your tour, visit our website.”

Mungo Murphy’s Seaweed Farm – Rossaveal, Co. Galway

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “We run an abalone farm tour and tasting experience and a seaweed foraging/coastal walk and farm tour and tasting experience at our land based aquaculture farm in Rossaveal, Co. Galway. You can book a tour through our website.”

Olly’s Farm – Bohernabreena, Co. Dublin

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: “I’m Olly Nolan, a beefarmer and smallholder in the Dublin Mountains. I produce award winning, 100% raw Irish honey, including heather, blossom & softset honey from my many different apiaries around Dublin and Wicklow. I also produce grass fed Dexter beef, vegetables, eggs and much more. Follow my journey as I show you what is going on up on our little piece of land in the Dublin mountains.”

More information on their website.

Sligo Oyster Experience – Sligo town

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: “Aisling spent years studying and working abroad before returning to her roots and settling back in her hometown of Sligo. When she returned Aisling opened a café named WB’s Coffee House in 2014 located in the premises which used to be the family pub named The Punchbowl opened by her father Kevin in 1968. Aisling has very fond memories of there as a child and some of the original features of this pub remain here today. The café is situated across from the famous statue of W.B Yeats in Sligo Town on Stephen St which is where the cafes name originates from.  

Aisling studied Business and Tourism before travelling to San Francisco to see the sights and build up her hospitality skills. Through her travels Aisling gained invaluable experience which ranged from the service industry to organizing group travel and educational tours.  

It was when Aisling met her now husband Glenn who is an oyster farmer she was first introduced to oysters and it is from here she developed her love for all things oysters! After almost 4 years in business and bringing all her experience on a professional level and her personal connections together Aisling developed the Sligo Oyster Experience in 2018 after spotting a niche in the market.”

More information on their website.

Wild Atlantic Cultural Ways – Killala, Co. Mayo

Accessible: May be adaptable so please check before booking.

They say: “Do you fancy seeing, tasting, smelling, breathing – being the real Ireland? You’re in the right place! Come see the landscape, learn a tune, be the story… with Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours!”

More information on their website.

MARKETS

Dun Laoghaire Sunday Market – Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Dún Laoghaire CoCo Market has been relaunched to include vendors trading from around the Lexicon where you will find the Food Village; and around the Metals down to the People’s Park where you will find Artisan and Crafts. There is something for everyone. Summer trading hours are from 10.00am to 4pm.

Whilst there enjoy the People’s Park which has been open to the public since 1890 and features great examples of Victorian architecture with the Gate Lodge and the Tea Rooms, a bandstand featuring the original gaslight standards and a playground. The Dún Laoghaire CoCo Market is a popular spot, attracting enthusiastic shoppers every weekend. Over 50 vendors trade each Sunday selling a wide range of products including hot food, baked goods, art and crafts, artisan food products and seasonal produce.”

Galway Market – Galway, City Centre

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: ” The weekly Saturday market in the centre of Galway city is quite simply one of those joyful, experiences of life that make you glad to be alive as well as offering a wonderful selection of foods and novel goods and gift ideas which are excellent value. It is no wonder that locals and visitors throng the market all day long every Saturday, rain, hail or shine.

The market is located in the laneway between Shop Street and Market Street, as you walk between the stalls every one of your senses will be arrested by the cornucopia of smells, tastes, sounds and vision and lively atmosphere created by the interaction between the stall holders and browsers alike.

Foods range from the fresh fruit and veg stalls, where the stall holders often throw in fresh herbs or some extra items for good measure. Then there is the quality gourmet stands selling about 20 different types of olives, fresh pasta, cheeses, homemade relishes and sauces.

Novel gift ideas are the candles of all different shapes and smells, beautiful hats, old shoes which are varnished and decorated.

Dieters be warned! the aroma of fresh, often exotic gourmet foods or fresh sausages sizzling is irresistible. As are the homemade cakes and breads, and then of course there’s the portions of mussels in garlic sauce. Hmmm.

As you wind your way through the centre of the market along Churchyard Street you may be surprised to find a gourmet cheese shop, Sheridan’s Cheesemongers with wooden shelves laden with rounds of farmhouse cheeses, sourced from around the Ireland and beyond.

While the list of things to see and do in Galway is endless, put the Saturday market right up at the top of the list.”

Honest2Goodness Market – Glasnevin, Dublin 11

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Our natural food market in Glasnevin is open every Saturday for the best in fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, coffee & chocolate, wines and other treats.

It is an eclectic mix of mostly locally produced foods (some within feet of the market hall!) with a sprinkling of international foods to enhance the shopping experience.

Our offering of ready-to-eat and cooked-to-order stalls adds that added element to entice even the laziest Saturday lie-in to drop by later in the day.

We opened in 2009 and have been building steadily ever since – we have a vibrant and strong market, providing an ever changing array of great food, with food provenance to the fore.

Our market consistently wins awards in the likes of McKenna Guides and Georgina Campbell with many individual producers featuring in national food awards over the years.”

Milk Market – Limerick City

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: ” This famous market offers the widest range of fresh, fine and natural food produce, “food to go” and horticultural produce

This is the region’s most famous food market, which has been operating for over 150 years. It’s a real “buzzy” market and a source of exceptional produce.”

Rock Farm Market – Slane, Co. Meath

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Rock Farm Market is a weekly organic farmer’s market every Thursday at Rock Farm in Slane from 11-4pm. Lots of local Producers each week offering the freshest produce with everything from meat, vegetables, cheese, cider and lots more.Also a wide selection of delicious food to enjoy on site including Indian street food, rolled ice cream, so come here hungry!”

St George’s Market – Belfast, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions and one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland.There has been a Friday market on the St George’s site since 1604. The present award-winning St George’s Market, built between 1890 and 1896, is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions.

As well as being home to some of the finest fresh produce, with customers travelling near and far to sample the delights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday markets, it has become one of the city’s most popular places to visit.

Since its £4.5m refurbishment in 1997, this charming Victorian building offers one of the most vibrant and colourful destinations that Belfast has to offer.”

Temple Bar Market – Dublin City Centre

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “A food paradise in the heart of Temple Bar!”

More information on their website.

The English Market – Cork City Centre

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Cork’s English Market has served the people of Cork in the face of famine, flood, war and multiple recessions.  During this unprecedented public health crisis, we want to remain open to serve you, our customers. 

The English Market is, above all else, a food market for essential fresh produce.

Traders are working really hard to respond to the needs of customers – particularly elderly and vulnerable customers – and have developed a range of click/phone and collect and delivery services.  For further details click on the links below. “

PRODUCERS:

Achill Island Sea Salt – Achill, Co. Mayo

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “On our self guided tour of the factory, visitors can expect to discover
how our salt is made through pictures, video and a-viewing area of
crystallisation, we also offer a story board on the history of salt in
Ireland and another board describing the many features of salt. We can’t
live without salt, it runs through our language, our history and our
veins.”

You can book your tour here.

Clonakilty Black Pudding Visitor Experience – Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “During the visitor experience, discover what life was like in rural Ireland back in the late 1880s while learning the history of Clonakilty Black pudding and how it has evolved through the ages. Experience Clonakilty in the 1980s, and how the Twomey family story started. Get right into the heart of an Irish food story that is filled with a strong sense of family, tradition and Clonakilty pride. This is a family friendly experience, everyone is welcome!Finish with some delicious Clonakilty samples in our café.”

More information on their website.

Gran Grans Foods Pantry – Kilcolgan, Co. Galway

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “We just moved our production to a new location, where
customers can see the process of producing our products, from
cooking the fresh vegetables, pouring, labelling and then showcasing them in our pantry along with other Irish food producers.
The production unit is located in Kilcolgan on the Wild Atlantic Way route so that could be a great stop to taste some organic coffee, have an insight into an artisan production process and know a bit more about other producers around the area.”

Contact them through their wesbite.

Hazel Mountain Chocolate – Bellharbour, Co. Clare

Accessibility: Fully Accessible

They say: “Our bean to bar chocolate factory reopened on the 29th June after almost a year of extensive renovations.

Our tour space has been extended, cafe has been basically reconstructed to accommodate food experience workshops.

All tours are bookable ahead via our website, and they’re more akin to wine tasting – as genuine bean to bar chocolate producers ( as they’re many suggesting they are but they’re not ) the tour explains what is true bean to bar chocolate and we will show how cacao bean turns into chocolate, show different stages of single origins chocolate being made and taste different cacao bean origins in it’s raw form and in the form of chocolate. This is the only place in Ireland that produces bean to bar chocolate and takes visitors on a tour of how it’s made. It’s a comprehensive chocolate experience, more suited to adults but some children over the age of 12 really enjoy learning the information on how chocolate is truly made.

Our chocolate factory is open floor plan and customers can visit anytime, outside scheduled tours as we interact with everyone that comes through the door to make sure they get the information about our chocolate and process.”

Tara Hill Honey – Gorey, Co. Wexford

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “We provide Bee talks and tours.
People learn about the importance of bees, the honey, propolis,
pollen they collect. Put on a beesuit and open a hive. They can also taste the different types of honey we have.”

You can contact them through their website.

RANDOMS

Ballygally Castle: Game Of Thrones Banquet – Co. Antrim

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Looking for something a little different? Enjoy a Game of Thrones Banquet with your friends or colleagues.”

More information on their website.

Bumble Bee Farm Workshops – Castledonavan, Co. Cork

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: ” We’re running two courses focused on Edible Flower growing. One is a far more in-depth, intensive, full day course and the other is a shorter, 2.5 hr introductory one. 

The full day course, “Edible flowers for business and pleasure”  is designed for Chefs, businesses, and anyone with a keen interest in growing, nurturing and preserving edible flowers. At the end of this one will be able to sow, grow, harvest, and preserve edible flowers

Award winning chef Eddie Attwell will be there to provide a detailed demonstration on different areas of using edible flowers such as preparation, uses, preservation and recipes
Lunch will be prepared by him on the day too.

A sample border for the home garden and utility planting samples for a business model will be in place with plans and guide provided. This is priced at €300. We’re currently taking €50 booking fees via our website

The introductory course is a fun and interactive course where participants will gain an understanding of setting up and maintaining an edible flower patch in their kitchen or home garden. Suitable varieties for maximum yield and minimum space. A sample border for the home garden will be on site with an opportunity to purchase starter plants.  This is priced at €95.

We do have a selection of intensive courses on growing cut flowers and creating a pollinator friendly border in one’s own garden too which follow the same format as the edible flower courses.

We’re holding open days throughout the summer, where people can come and visit the farm to see the ins and outs of what it takes to run it. I’ll be taking questions at the end so would be more than happy to answer any questions people may have about incorporating edible flowers into their cooking/baking/cocktails.”

Irish School Of Cheese – Online

Accessibility: n/a

They say: “They say that ‘cheese is milk’s leap towards immortality’.  Well, if you want to improve forever your knowledge and appreciation of beautiful, iconic cheeses of the World, while eating lots of it, the Irish School of Cheese is perfect for you.

The Irish School of Cheese is run by Avril Molloy, one of Ireland’s foremost experts in farmhouse cheese.  We offer the renowned Academy of Cheese certificate courses, Cheese Tasting Experiences and personalised workshops for private clients and some of Ireland’s best-known food retail, wholesale and foodservice businesses.

With the Academy of Cheese Associate course, you will taste and study twenty-five of Europe’s most iconic cheeses, from Gubbeen to Gorgonzola and France to Cork.  You will learn how cheese is made, the story behind each one and, the best bit, learn to analyse the aroma, taste and quality of cheese, from a selection that can be delivered to your door.  You will have access to the Academy of Cheese online revision portal and Cheese Library and, if you wish, can take a short exam to certify your knowledge.  For more information about the Academy and Irish School of Cheese courses visit their website here

Our Cheese Tasting Experience is perfect for groups of friends, sports clubs, corporate events to reward your employees.  Over the course of two hours, we talk your guests through the story of each cheese on your chosen cheeseboard, analyse the aromas and flavours and how to choose and pair cheese for different occasions.  This is also perfect for wine shops, restaurants and hotels to entertain customers and guests. 

You can contact the Irish School of Cheese here

Old Farm Pig Rearing Courses – Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “If you are thinking of keeping pigs, this day will be invaluable.  We will teach you everything we’ve learned about keeping free-range outdoor reared organic pigs for over 17 years. The aim of the course is quite simply to give people confidence in handling pigs and to educate them in successful ways of keeping pigs.

Whether you are a complete novice or you wish to expand your knowledge of raising pigs this course is for you. Course numbers are restricted to a maximum of 8 participants so there is ample opportunity to ask questions. And there most certainly will be the opportunity to get up close and personal with the pigs!

Topics covered will include legislation, fencing, farrowing, feeding, housing, pricing, routes to market and lots more. At the end of the day, you will go home well prepared to keep your own pigs.

If you are a group, on an allotment or smallholding, we can tailor a course to your needs, just give us a call.

Alfie and Margaret are both qualified trainers.”

In the autumn the courses are likely to go back online. Alfie also gives great baking classes. More information on their website.

Pota Cafe – Ballynahown, Co. Galway

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “In terms of gastronomic and cultural experiences we are putting the best local produce from Galway, Conamara and the Aran Islands on the plate and we do it all entirely bilingually.”

You can find out a lot more in English or as Gaeilge on their website.

Sea Louth – Co. Louth

Accessibility: check before booking

They say: “Our Scenic Seafood Trail captures what’s best about County Louth’s 70km+ coastline, the stunning scenery and of course the finest local seafood. 

Explore the roads less travelled, meet local characters, breathe the salty sea air, see where our proud seafood producers land their catch, eat fresh local dishes by the coast, admire the spectacular views and create memories that will last a lifetime…Come and see, eat & admire Louth.”

More information on the website.

The Butter Museum – Cork City

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “The Butter Museum is a unique institution, celebrating one of the great success stories of Ireland, the butter trade. Located in the historic Shandon area of Cork city, the story begins with the central role of dairy culture in the Island of Saints and Scholars. The Museum goes on to describe the internationally important Butter Exchange in nineteenth century Cork, the traditional craft of home butter making and the modern success of the Kerrygold brand. In the course of this story, the commercial, social, and domestic life of Ireland is recalled.”

More information on their website.

The Chef Supper Club – Dublin

Accessibility: Not applicable as online

They say: “At the chef supper club we want to help you to “bring the restaurant home”. We are creating unique, one night only, dining experiences, designed by the worlds most creative culinary minds but executed by you. Of course we don’t expect you to be able to do this alone – the chef that designs the menu will take you step by step through the process in a live broadcast. This is a unique evening of entertainment where you not only consume amazing food and wine but also an opportunity to get to know the mind behind the food in an up close and personal way.”

Author note: “I am including this not for the food box aspect but for the cook along with great chefs and the classes with chefs and sommeliers you can book.”

Book yourself in via this website.

Vintage Tea Trips – Dublin City Centre

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “Enjoy our afternoon tea delicacies, good conversation and tap along to some fabulous 1950s jazz. This is afternoon tea with a difference. This is afternoon tea the Irish way.”

More information on their website.

Whiskey Experience at The Harrington Chambers of Distinction – Belfast, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: fully accessible

They say: “A boutique hotel in a leafy neighbourhood on the doorstep of all that’s interesting in Belfast, The Harrison Chambers of Distinction is a jewel-box labour of love created by its owner, well-travelled Belfast native and born story-teller, Melanie Harrison.

Melanie has just launched The Whiskey Experience, available to book or to purchase as a voucher for the whiskey enthusiast in your life. Find out how Belfast was the top whiskey producer in the world before the industry collapsed, hear the stories of Dunville and McConnell distilleries through local historians and whiskey connoisseurs. The Whiskey Experience at The Harrison Chambers of starts with a tasting of some rare, specialist Belfast whiskies at The Harrison before embarking on a walking tour while listening to the fantastic stories of whiskey industrial giants. The tour ends in one of Belfasts hidden pubs where you can try a “Belfast Boiler Maker” while enjoying music and craic with the locals. End the evening by sinking into of the luxurious beds at The Harrison, with breakfast and good strong coffee served to you the next morning. From £225 for two people sharing. “

Click through their website if you want to book or need more info.

WILD WALKS AND FOOD TOURS

Aran Islands Food TourInis Mor

Accessibility: not accessible

They say: “Gabriel of Aran Goat’s Cheese will introduce you to his herd of goats and take you through the process of making his award winning product before sampling and experiencing the range for yourself. His beautiful Nubian and Saanen goats graze on the unique pastures of the Aran Island. The climate is perfect for the grass herbs as the island is served by the Gulf Stream. The unique diet of the goats gives the cheese its unique,delicious flavour.”

More information on their website.

Blackstairs Eco Trails – Borris, Co. Carlow

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: “We organise Wild Food  Trails and workshops just outside Borris Co. Carlow. Our events show people the incredible edibles that are in season on a month by month basis.  The day involves introductory talk then out into the field to see what we can find. Preparation  and a cook up follows lunch and guests take home what they make.”

More information on their website.

Causeway Coast Foodie Tours – Coleraine, Co. Derry

Accessibility: Fully accessible

They say: “Wendy’s food tour portfolio offers sensational experiences that capture the heritage, energy, stories and people of the world-famous Causeway Coastal Route in its mouth-watering, locally produced, award-winning food and drink.  Wendy has 14 years’ experience as a lecturer in Travel, Tourism and Tour Guiding; is a trained Tour Guide and WORLDHOST Trainer who is passionate about local food and the excellence of the visitor experience.

During her personally guided experiences, Wendy recounts the stories of our unique food heritage & produce and the environment in which this is grown/reared; introduces you to the people that give it that taste of place, be they producers or chefs; exposes your senses to our rich sea, agriculture and landscapes in a memorable and truly unforgettable experience and takes you on a seasonal food journey from source to plate or glass.  These experiences include;

Award-winning ‘Catch & Sea®’ – Catch your breakfast while you experience our vibrant and beautiful seascapes & coastline, lauded by the Lonely Planet, and enjoy the freshest breakfast you will ever eat as your catch is cooked with other award-winning local produce.

‘Coast & Country’ – Savour a unique farm to plate experience with a day tour which showcases our delicious locally produced food & drink in five different venues: meeting producers, farm families, and chefs, at local artisan markets, farms and hand-picked hospitality venues.

Bespoke experiences including themed ‘Taste Causeway’ dinners paired with local craft beers, wines & spirits (including whiskey from Bushmills – the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery), Afternoon Tea on the River, cookery classes & demonstrations and specialised farm/foraging tours. 

These allow guests to exclusively engage with local farmers, fishermen, producers & chefs and learn of the journey of food from field/sea to fork.

All experiences must be pre-booked – this can be done via our website;   or by contacting Wendy directly by phone or email;

Tel: +44 7912 408 256 Email: wendy@causewaycoastfoodietours.com

Delicious Dublin Tours – Dublin Town

Accessibility: Partially accessible (make contact with specific requirements before booking)

They say: “We highlight the best of the Dublin’s food scene by offering memorable food experiences. We combine Dublin, delicious food, interesting stories and fun!”

More on their website.

Donegal Food Tours – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Accessibility: Adaptable on request

They say: “Taste. See. Explore Donegal with Donegal Food Tours bespoke tours. Donegal Food Tours have just recently reopened their diary for private group bookings. It is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday party, hen party or to just get the gang together for a day of delicious food,
stunning scenery, a couple of drinks and lots of craic!
Donegal Food Tours is a 5 hour feast for the senses. You will visit 4 of Donegal’s top restaurants, bars, breweries or coffee shops via luxury coach and sample food, coffee, drinks and a few surprises along the way.
We cater for various food allergies and wheelchair accessible routes on request. Contact us directly to organise your Donegal Food Tour today. “

Galway Food Tours – Galway City

Accessibility: Adaptable on request

They say: “The award-winning Galway Food Tours who guide people through the food scene of Galway has added to their offering, this time with the help of technology by developing an innovative self-guided App.

On a trip to Galway, people can explore Galway’s incredible produce, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and bars.. but on their own terms. Working with Taste4Success Skillnet and StoryTracks (Who developed the App) The Galway Food Tours App and Guide Book brings together over 40 of their personal suppliers as well as Sheena and Gosia’s (The women behind Galway Food Tours) most loved parts of the city. “The intention of this project is for people to explore Galway through their knowledgeable eyes and with their recommendations to engage with the city’s collaborative nature,” explained Sheena and Gosia.”

Check their website to book on a tour and download the app.

Irish Seed Savers Association – Scariff, Co. Clare

Accessibility: tbc

They say: “Our main objective is to protect Ireland’s food crop heritage for future generations. Our work focuses on the conservation of heirloom vegetable seeds and Irish heritage apple trees. In recent years we have expanded the scope of our work to include crop varieties from all over the world that are suitable for Ireland’s unique growing conditions.

Irish Seed Savers Association maintains the country’s only public seed bank, with over 600 non-commercially available varieties of seed. We also house the national collection of Irish heritage apple trees in our orchards, with over 180+ unique varieties.  Throughout the year we run a wide range of workshops, host school tours, and invite the public to participate in our events days. We encourage communities to come together to share seeds and plants, all with the aim of promoting Ireland’s biodiversity.”

Details of their courses can be found on their website.

Kinsale Food Tours – Kinsale, Co. Cork

Accessibility: Partially accessible (tours are tailored on demand)

They say: “I am a tour guide with extensive experience, having worked in New Zealand, Canada as well as running my own food tours in Ireland for over 4 years.  The food tours I offer are fun and immersive, giving people a chance to become more familiar with not only Irish food and customs but also the people behind the scenes.  The tours can be used to orientate yourself to Kinsale, to learn about the hot spots, the hidden gems and the treasure trove of food and local knowledge.  My knowledge of the local food scene, my close relationships with the townspeople and suppliers as well as my background as a Marine Biologist lend to a more diverse and rich experiential tour.

Town Food Tours: Our town food tours are like a walking meal which take you to a selection of different eateries. We start with lighter fare for our tastings, experiencing a range of different local foods. As the tour goes on, you will have more substantial fare and round it off with some artisanal sweet treats. All food and one hot drink are included in each tour. During the tour you will hear stories about the food and meet some of the fascinating characters who make it too. The town tours last approx 2.5 hours and happen hail, rain or shine.Tour times: 11am and 2.30pm (Mon-Friday). The tours are tailored specifically for the individuals or groups requirements, whether you are a couple who want a private tour, a backpacker foodie, or a corporate group who want to have fun while team building. 

Foraging & Picnic Tour: Ideal for the outdoor enthusiast and foodie. We offer foraging trips as part of an outdoor food tour where we visit the coast, and learn about edible seaweeds, shellfish and plants. We provide a gourmet picnic as part of this tour and incorporate some pre-prepared wild food by some of our local producers. If the weather is bad, we still run the foraging tour and give you the picnic to take away for later consumption. Tour duration: Normally 2-2.5 hours.  Tour times: Mon-Sun- Times for this tour are tide dependent.”

More information on their website.

Macreddin Foraging – Co. Wicklow

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “An opportunity for participants to learn and discover in depth knowledge about Ireland’s abundance of Wild Foods. The Wild Foods Master Class including demonstrations and practicals is the only regular course of its kind in Ireland. The Master Class runs over two days where participants will experience a practical hands-on demonstration by the Chefs of The Strawberry Tree Restaurant. The Class will cover identification as well as instruction on how to gather, cook and preserve using traditional methods such as sugar, oil, drying, vinegars and alcohol.”

More information on their website.

Mushroom Stuff – Dalkey, Co. Dublin

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “We do guided mushroom hunts in forests close to Dublin. It includes and introduction talk and cooking wild mushrooms with a magical mushroom soup. Small groups of typically 15. “

All relevant information can be found on their website.

Nadur – Greystones, Co. Wicklow

Accessibility: partially accessible (walks are adaptable to an urban or hedgerow with notice)

They say: “we have just put up the first couple of dates for June and we will be adding more dates over the summer in a few different locations, we will be offering wild food walks, some trips will be including food/cooking, some trips are early morning and some coastal walks will be running in the summer evenings, we are mainly wicklow based but hopefully we adding dates throughout the country.”

Find out more about these walks on their website.

Taste& Tour – Belfast, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: please check before booking

They say: “With our signature Belfast Food Tour, Gin Jaunt and Belfast Bites Tour, amongst others, we’ve made it our business to lead guests to Belfast’s brightest and best flavours. Our local guides will lead the cheer, helping guests discover the people, the history and the top tastes in the city.

For us, it’s not just about sharing knowledge, it’s about leading guests to fun, discovery and feeling good about our city.”

More information on their website.

Taste Wexford Tours – Co. Wexford

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: ” We have a number of exciting new food tours planned for September and October 2021. Details are still to be announced on our website, but they will be bookable soon.

Our tours will cover a variety of areas of Wexford’s vibrant food and drink industry including strawberry growing, chocolate making, foraging, gin tasting, fishing, local bakeries and much more.”

Full information can be found on their website.

The Cultured Club – Kilruddery House, Co. Wicklow

Accessibility: Partially accessible

They say: “The Cultured Club is dedicated to reviving this lost tradition and bringing the control of our health into our own kitchens.
‘Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food’ is a hard philosophy to live by when we are so removed from the food we eat.”

Information on their online courses can be found on their website.

Toast The Coast – Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

Accessibility: It will likely depend on each tour so please check before booking

They say: “Celebrate local Northern Ireland food on the Causeway Coastal Route. Currently we can’t offer food tours during the pandemic regulations so instead please read the recipes & news in the Blog page.” CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID REGULATIONS

More information on their website.

Wild Food Events – Dalkey, Co. Dublin

Accessibility: not accessible

They say: “Regarding your request for food tours, I’m delighted that at last we can operate our Wild Food Walks again. At the moment it is mostly private bookings for small groups of family/ friends at times that suit them (max 14, all outdoors)

There is a Killiney Wild Food Walk covering beach, woodland and urban habitats and also stopping off at a monastic ruin to link the past with present wild food traditions. From €30pp (min 6)

Our other option is a Private Wild Food Experience which includes gathering wild edibles which we then turn into tasty treats at our “secret garden” venue. This experience is tailored to the preferences of the group with lots of options such as wild cocktails/ mocktails, petal cupcakes or healthy soup, smoothies etc From €50pp (min.6)

All information available on their website.”

Wild Kitchen – Co. Clare

Accessibility: Not accessible

They say: “Join us to discover and identify delicious, edible, wild plants.

Seaweed, like the Truffle of the Sea, Dilisk and Sea Spirulina. Enjoy all that the land has to offer,  from the vast variety of plants like Watercress, Pignuts, Samphire and Ramsons.

Find out what’s in season and discover our fifth taste, Umami.

Sustainably harvest this free food and learn how to dry and use it in many exciting ways.

A Wild Food Walk is a delight, an engagement with nature, but it is also a journey into a secret world where and you will learn about the exceptional nutritional value and unique taste of wild plants, how to identify them, what not to eat or touch, what’s in season, tasting as we go, all the while taking in the beautiful scenery of Co.Clare, The Burren and the Wild Atlantic Way.”

More information on lovely Oonagh’s website.

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4 Comments

  1. Margaret says:

    What a mammoth task you undertook! Thank you for our inclusion.

  2. Michelle mc gowan says:

    Unreal,.what a read. Thank you 😊

    1. Thank you so much Michelle. Really appreciate that!

      K

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