What are the best Irish food shops? Stephen Conmy examines some inspirational food stores that are worth a visit.
Where: Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
Who: Peter and Mary Ward’s country store is an intriguing treasure trove of high quality, and mostly local, produce. Peter, a big fan of the slow food movement, is a vocal champion of Irish artisan foods.
What’s good? The terrine made from the family’s Saddleback pigs and any of Mary’s delicious jams.
Where: Ballylickey, West Cork.
Who: Val Manning, his niece, Laura Manning, and Laura’s husband, Andrew Heath. The business has been family-run for over 70 years.
What’s good? Everything, ask Val to make you something ‘special.’
Where: Dunmore Road, Waterford.
Who: Colin Jephson. He was also a former sponsor of The Theatre of Food at the Electric Picnic.
What’s good? A vast range of smoked fish, but this is a proper artisan food supermarket. You can also shop online and have your goods delivered.
James Whelan Butchers
Who: James Whelan.
What’s good? The meat – reared, slaughtered and dry-aged by the man himself. He recently won the top prize at the UK’s Great Taste Awards for his beef dripping. James is also a Twitter star in Ireland.
Who: The McCambridge family. The shop was founded in 1925.
What’s good? The cold meats from the deli. Plus, an excellent selection of wines & spirits. The company also runs a catering business.
Where: Bandon, Co Cork.
Who: Ruth Healy.
What’s good? Hampers, especially the ‘Made in Cork’ collection.
Fallon & Byrne
Where: Wicklow St., Dublin.
Who: Paul Byrne and Fiona McHugh.
What’s good? The sourdough baguette and the soft cheeses.
Also, Bord Bia has developed a guide for artisan food producers who wish to understand and enter the Irish retail landscape. This Guide to Retail for Small Food Producers is part of a series of publications from Bord Bia that includes the Guide to Distribution for Food & Drink Producers and the Guide to Farmer’s Markets for Small Food Producers.
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Inspirational Irish food stores – The ThinkBusiness readers’ choice
We received some great reader feedback when we published the list above. Thanks for contributing. The nine more suggested stores from ThinkBusiness readers are:
The Meat Centre, 127 Main Street Castleisland, Co. Kerry
Scally’s SuperValu of Clonakilty
Scally’s SuperValu Clonakilty, Faxbridge, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Nolan’s of Kilcullen
Main St Kilcullen, Co.Kildare, Ireland (open since 1886)
Ballyhaunis Road, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
The English Market
The English Market (a gathering of great food shops), Cork City
Cannon and Cole
Main Street, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath
Cosgrove and Son Delicatessen
32 Market Street, Sligo
Newport, Co. Mayo
Pat Smith, Butcher
Auburn Moate Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
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