As an island we have an abundance of enviably fresh fish and seafood. We are known around the world for our salmon, sure isn’t that where legendary hero Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) gained all his knowledge? The Barbican in County Antrim is based near Glenarm organic salmon farm. How about some smoked salmon on homemade brown bread with real butter and a squeeze of lemon…
Near Dungloe in Donegal, where Termon House is located, there is an oyster farm owned by two French brothers who primarily export the produce to France. However, locals can opt to sample their fare. A bit like Marmite, oysters often divide people’s opinions but to quote Ernest Hemingway, ‘As I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.’
If you choose to stay in our Georgian Townhouse in Temple Bar (or a few steps further away in our Merrion Mews) you are in for a treat at the Temple Bar Food Market which is held every Saturday. Sheridan’s cheesemongers have a stall in the market. You can buy olives, artisan breads, cakes. There is also an oyster bar selling oysters fresh out of the sea that morning.
Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny is not far from Clomantagh Castle. Here you can sample the fish or the trout caviar and learn about the sustainable process the owners follow. Kilkenny also boasts two Michelin Star restaurants.
In Sligo you can catch and cook your dinner: could be a novel plan if you are holidaying in Annaghmore School House.