Food & Drink

Breakfast, Sunday Brunch, Family Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Dinner, Late Supper and Snacks in between – On the Rocks, Freshly Squeezed, Pulled, Poured, Shaken but not Stirred.  Some of the highlights of your trip will be the food and drink enjoyed - all the more so because it is sourced and produced in a responsible way.

All of our listed Cafes, Restaurants, Farmers Markets, Bars and Pubs actively implement environmental policies that include good practice to minimise food waste and very importantly source local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Some go a step further and work with local groups and schools to encourage healthy eating and teach cooking skills.

Choosing green tastes so good! Wherever you go ask whoever is serving you food - where does it come from? In Ireland this is known as the "Just Ask" practice promoted by Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) to encourage customers to find out the provenance of the foods they eat and to encourage restaurants, etc, to use Irish provenance food and beverages.

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Farmgate Restaurant and Food Store

If there’s one thing Farmgate’s owner Máróg O’Brien possesses in abundance, it’s a passion for great food. As far back as twenty-odd years ago, when her lively café/restaurant first opened, she was leading the way in sourcing quality Irish produce and masterminding simple cooking techniques, to create this legendary gem of a place to eat. The town’s now famous gourmet reputation was no doubt helped along by her presence on the food scene. She’s still influencing, all these years later.

An old but spacious shed may not seem to be the ideal venue for a café and food store. But Máróg’s keen eye saw at once the potential to create a quirky and unique eating and shopping venue. Her Country Store, which sells Irish and European artisan foods and fine wines, now sits well in its utilitarian interior, which has double doors to the modern bistro style restaurant beyond. This is a rustic environment in which to display a wonderful selection of Irish and international produce, andof course the home made deli items made in house.  You can see the cooks at work in an open kitchen at the front entrance of the shop. At Farmgate, meet staff who are attentive and knowledgable in their jobs. Enthusiasm is part of the job description here, along with a keen and focussed interest in local.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, dinner is chic and sassy. Máróg loves traditional Irish cooking so Slow Roasts are popular on the menu. Simply cooked fresh fish from nearby Ballycotton is also a speciality. The centerpiece, day or night, is a dessert table laden with home baked tarts and cakes to sway even the most resistant diners. A cracking choice of wines from all the classic regions, including some half bottles, completes the feast  - and what a feast it is.

Emphasis is on quality, locally sourced ingredients and understated style. Farmgate's food store is one of the gems of Irish food shopping.
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