Venture west my friend, and you shall find such things to eat…
I’ll admit, I’m a tiny bit biased when it comes to West Cork food. I can’t help it; it’s where I live, where I call home and, for all the allure of Big City Living, there is simply nothing better than returning to its verdant hills and calmness.
This article was originally published in August 2016. It has been updated in April 2018.
I’d sooner get stuck in a traffic jam of crossing cows, or be forced to travel all the way home from work in second gear because it’s silage time again than be forced to sit in traffic jams of cars, or standing up in stuffy train carriages. It helps a lot that our food tastes so darn good; also why the region is the home of one of Ireland’s biggest food festivals!
Here now is my guide to indulging your inner gourmet at the region’s biggest town and vibrant foodie hub, Skibbereen. Continue reading “Skibbereen Food & Drink Guide”
Clonakilty is a town that is well rehearsed in the traditional Irish Céad Míle Fáilte. If the town had a middle name it would be ‘Welcome’. Blessed by both its position to the Atlantic Coast and award winning Inchydoney Beach, the rolling verdant hills peppered with happy cows, Clonakilty is a place that’s more than comfortable in its own skin.
This article was first published on TheTaste.ie in July 2016. Information has been updated April 2018.
Whilst often times Kinsale is hailed as the gourmet destination of West Cork, Clonakilty is its more understated cousin that is quietly growing its reputation as a world-class gourmet destination.
Clonakilty’s proud food history dates back to the 1600’s and the market that remains still so vital to the community today. For nearly 200 years, the town was home to the Deasy & Co brewhouse, famous for its Clonakilty Wrastler porter, giving rise to “The Brewery Town” moniker. The old Mill, long since silenced, would have been vital to the brewing industry as well other essential produce; and the fertile soil lent itself to great agriculture, both animal and vegetable.
Continue reading “Clonakilty Food & Drink Travel Guide – From Brewery Town to Foodie Town”