10 amazing Adare businesses to watch

Barry Walsh casts his expert eye on renowned businesses that put the Co Limerick town of Adare on the food, fashion and entertainment maps.

A popular tourist destination in Ireland’s mid-west, Adare dates back to the 13th century. With large award winning businesses such as The Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort (which is home to the 2027 Ryder Cup) the town has a thriving local economy and one of the best websites for a local village in Ireland that I have ever seen.

Whether it’s hotels, restaurants and cafes, local attractions, clothes shopping or businesses that date back to the 1890s Adare Village is a must see destination for tourist from Ireland or abroad. Here are just some of the businesses worth visiting in the village:

Adare Country Pursuits

Close up of a hawk.

With a focus on traditional country pursuits, the centre provides opportunities for visitors to engage in activities such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry, and fishing.

One of the centre’s key attractions is its clay pigeon shooting facilities, where participants can test their marksmanship skills under the guidance of experienced instructors. Additionally, Adare Country Pursuits offers archery sessions, allowing guests to channel their inner Robin Hood while aiming for bullseyes with bows and arrows.

For those intrigued by falconry, the centre provides immersive experiences where visitors can interact with the birds of prey, learning about their behaviour and training techniques from knowledgeable falconers. Meanwhile, fishing enthusiasts can partake in Adare’s rivers and lakes which have been fished by the likes of Tiger Woods.

With its idyllic setting, expert instruction, and diverse range of activities, Adare Country Pursuits stands as a must-visit destination for those seeking outdoor activities.

Adare Woollens

Wollens shop in Adare.

Adare Woollens, was founded to honour Ireland’s woollen heritage, offers a diverse range of meticulously crafted garments and accessories. Their collection, spans from cashmere sweaters to tweed jackets, embodies elegance and sophistication. The boutique prioritises sourcing the finest materials and employing traditional techniques, catering to every taste and occasion

Adare Woollens champions local artisans and traditions, with many products handmade across Ireland, fostering authenticity and a connection to the land. Collaborations with emerging designers inject fresh perspectives, bridging tradition and innovation. The boutique’s personalised shopping experience, guided by knowledgeable staff, ensures customers find the perfect piece while gaining insights into its history and craftsmanship. This commitment extends to sustainability, as Adare Woollens emphasises eco-friendly practices and ethical production, aiming to minimise its environmental impact and preserve Irish textiles for generations to come.

However, Adare Woollens is more than just a retail destination; it’s a celebration of Ireland’s rich textile heritage and a testament to the enduring allure of quality craftsmanship. With its unwavering dedication to excellence and innovation, this boutique continues to be a cherished landmark for discerning customers seeking timeless elegance and enduring style.

Aoife McNamara

Young woman in light blue trouser suit.

Aoife McNamara’s distinctive style encapsulates modern Irish styles with her distinctive her collections that celebrate individuality and empower the wearer to make a statement with every outfit.

With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to sustainable practices, each garment crafted under her label reflects a harmonious blend of craftsmanship, quality, and conscientious design.

Beyond her remarkable contributions to the fashion industry, Aoife McNamara is deeply ingrained in the local community, fostering a sense of pride and inspiration among aspiring designers and entrepreneurs. Through her mentorship initiatives and involvement in charities, she has become synonymous with the village.

Café Lógr

People being served at a cafe in Adare, Limerick.

Renowned for its fusion of delightful cuisine, artisanal coffee, and welcoming atmosphere. The café’s diverse menu, crafted from locally sourced ingredients, showcases the region’s finest flavours, offering a range of breakfast delights, savoury lunches, and delicious desserts to cater to everyone. With options including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, Café Lógr ensures that all dietary preferences are thoughtfully accommodated.

Central to its charm is Café Lógr’s commitment to serving exceptional coffee sourced from ethical suppliers. Each cup is meticulously prepared to perfection, reflecting the café’s dedication to quality and sustainability.

Whether patrons are seeking a quick caffeine boost, a leisurely meal with friends, or a takeaway treat, Café Lógr promises a memorable dining experience. It has become a beloved culinary destination in Adare, embodying the spirit of community as locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy delicious fare, excellent coffee, and genuine hospitality.

The venue was voted Best Café Limerick in 2022, Best Café in Munster 2022 and Best Café Limerick 2023 by Irish Restaurant Association.

Dunraven Arms Hotel

Beautiful hotel room at Dunraven Arms in Adare, Co Limerick.

Steeped in history and charm, this family-owned hotel and restaurant has been welcoming guests since 1792, making it one of Ireland’s oldest and most revered hotels.

Beyond its comfortable lodgings, the hotel offers an array of amenities designed to cater to every guest’s needs. Such as Maigue Restaurant, where locally sourced ingredients that celebrate the flavours of Ireland. For a more casual dining experience, the relaxed setting of the bar provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying the beverage of your choice.

The Dunraven Arms Hotel also serves as an ideal venue for weddings, conferences, and special events. With its manicured gardens, elegant function rooms, and attentive staff, every occasion is orchestrated with precision and care.

In essence, the Dunraven Arms Hotel embodies the essence of Irish hospitality, creating an unforgettable experience for every guest who passes through its doors.

Draíocht Art Gallery

Interior of Draiocht art gallery in Adare, Limerick.

Draíocht Art Gallery & Shop in Adare, County Limerick, stands as a vibrant cultural hub showcasing a diverse selection of artwork, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and photography, the gallery serves as a platform for both local talents and international artists.

With regularly rotating exhibitions, visitors are treated to a captivating array of artistic expressions, reflecting the gallery’s commitment to supporting emerging creatives.

Draíocht features an inviting art shop where patrons can discover and purchase unique, handcrafted pieces ranging from exquisite jewellery to intricately designed ceramics.

This adds to the gallery’s charm and appeal, attracting art enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Draíocht actively engages with the local community through educational programs, workshops, and events. These initiatives provide valuable opportunities for artists to interact with audiences, share their experiences, and inspire future generations of creatives.

Lady Penelope Adare

Model sporting fashion.

Lady Penelope Fashion is renowned for its craftsmanship and attention to detail. With collections exuding refined glamour, the brand offers a diverse range of garments, from exquisite evening gowns to impeccably tailored suits, designed to transcend trends and captivate the imagination.

Central to Lady Penelope’s ethos is empowering women to embrace their individuality and express their unique sense of style.  The brand’s designs exude confidence and grace, empowering women to feel both beautiful and empowered.

Lady Penelope encompasses fabrics crafted with unparalleled quality and exquisite craftsmanship. The brand collaborates with artists, photographers, and influencers to create captivating campaigns and experiences that celebrate the artistry and allure of luxury fashion.

In essence, Lady Penelope Fashion symbolises sophistication, elegance, and timeless beauty. With its dedication to excellence and innovation, the brand continues to inspire and enchant fashion connoisseurs worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on the world of haute couture.

Like Bikes

Logo for Like Bikes, Adare, Limerick.

Like Bikes – Greenways Cycle Hire is a top-tier bicycle rental and tour company operating in picturesque West Limerick and North Kerry. Offering an extensive range of high-quality bicycles suitable for all ages and abilities, the company ensures that everyone can partake in the joy of cycling through this captivating region.

Catering to diverse preferences, Like Bikes presents various options for exploration, whether visitors wish to venture at their own pace or join guided tours led by knowledgeable local guides. Their fleet comprises traditional bicycles, electric bikes, trailers, tag along bikes, and tandem bikes, plus a range of mobility bikes including e-trikes accommodating individuals, couples, families, and groups alike.

The company offers convenient services such as bike delivery and collection, enabling visitors to commence their cycling escapade directly from their accommodation. A focus on premium bicycles, high quality service including break down assistance, knowledgeable and helpful local staff, plus an expertise in organising group outings, resulted in Like Bikes winning the Business Development Award at the 2023 Connect Kerry Women in Business Awards.

Emphasising eco-friendly transportation and outdoor recreation, Like Bikes encourages people to immerse themselves in the area’s beauty and surroundings.

Whether opting for a leisurely village ride around the beautiful village of Adare or an adrenaline-pumping journey along the Limerick Greenway, Like Bikes provides an ideal opportunity to discover the allure and charm of this area on two wheels.

Nevilles at the Cross

Pub building in Adare, Limerick.

Situated at the historic crossroads of Adare, the restaurant welcomes guests with a warm and inviting atmosphere characterised by rustic elegance and understated sophistication.

The menu at Nevilles at the Cross reflects a dedication to culinary excellence, showcasing the finest locally sourced ingredients expertly prepared to highlight their natural flavours and textures. From succulent Irish beef to fresh seafood from County Limerick’s shores, each dish is a masterpiece of flavour and presentation.

There’s an extensive wine list featuring selections from around the world, carefully curated to enhance the dining experience. Knowledgeable staff provide personalised recommendations, ensuring guests’ preferences are met with care.

They pride  themselves on impeccable service and hospitality. Whether guests are marking a special occasion or enjoying a leisurely meal with loved ones, the restaurant’s dedicated team ensures a memorable experience for all.

The Small Town Pizza Co

Logo for Small Town Pizza Co, Adare, Limerick.

This cosy pizzeria offers a delightful dining experience, boasting a diverse menu of mouthwatering pizzas crafted from premium ingredients. Whether patrons crave classic favourites or their own innovative creations, there’s a pizza to satisfy every palate, with options catering to vegetarian and gluten-free preferences.

What sets The Small Town Pizza Co. apart is its unwavering commitment to exceptional service. The staff’s warm hospitality creates a welcoming atmosphere where guests feel like part of the family, whether dining in or opting for takeaway. The pizzeria’s inviting ambiance and laid-back vibe make it a popular gathering spot, serving as a hub where friends and neighbours convene to share good food, laughter, and camaraderie, embodying the spirit of community.

With its dedication to quality, creativity, and hospitality, The Small Town Pizza Co. has become a beloved culinary destination, drawing patrons seeking authentic and delicious pizza in a friendly setting. Its presence enriches the fabric of the town, fostering connections and creating lasting memories for all who indulge in its savoury offerings.

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Barry Walsh
Barry Walsh is a journalist specialising in business, diversity and inclusion and is also a content marketing specialist.