A newcomer on the Cork scene (every Wednesday 9am to 2pm), this Farmers Market takes place in the grounds of Ballyseedy Garden Centre, Carrigtwohill, East Cork (about 25 minute drive from the City) and offers a great mid-week option for the best of local and regional produce. It’s very close to the historic great country house and gardens at Fota House – one of Cork’s best-loved attractions - and combining the two would be a great day out.
The afternoon tea at Longueville House is served in a magical setting, in the Drawing Room of this early Georgian heritage mansion, set in 500 acres of wooded estate and parkland in North County Cork. Longueville House is family run and this Georgian gem, built in the 1720s, is perfect for a very special High Tea.
A vintage style, mobile ice cream cart, measuring just 1,5 x 1,5 sq metres. I do weddings, corporate events, markets, food festivals, private functions etc. I make the ice cream myself, using no colourings or preservatives, all old fashion style.
A fab option for Brunch at weekends in the harbour town of Kinsale, a relaxed 35 minute drive from the City Centre – an extensive, quality brunch menu is available at The Lemon Leaf Cafe.
Twin brothers Padraig and Adrian Hyde say they like to talk about beer as much as brew it. Almost. At their medal-winning Munster Brewery, the brothers welcome all parties, big and small, to the port town of Youghal, once home to the Elizabethan explorer, adventurer and beer-lover Sir Walter Raleigh.
A herd of Italian Water Buffalo on a farm in North Cork? It may sound quixotic – but Macroom Buffalo Cheese, the passion project of farmer Johnny Lynch – is Ireland’s only herd of water buffalo and their milk produces Johnny’s award winning cheese. They welcome groups of visitors (if you contact them through their website) and the farm hosts open days once a month.
This historic Irish country house has grace, warmth and style, and a restaurant (under head chef Teena Mahon) which focuses heavily on locally sourced, “Slow Food”.