There’s nothing like getting to know a place by exploring the local, traditional foods that it produces, and when the food tastes as great as the offerings from County Clare, you know you’re onto a good thing.
If you love food, you’ll love the West coast of Ireland, with it’s authentic, organic and locally grown produce. The Burren Food Trail is a very special way to experience Irish cuisine, and it includes more than fifty producers, restaurants and growers. There’s so much choice that it can feel a little overwhelming, so we’ve broken it down into savoury and sweet options to bring the best recommendations to you.
Here, in the first of our two part series on The Burren Food Trail, we introduce some unique local providers of savoury food. Whether you plan to try them all or create a shortlist of your own, we know you won’t be disappointed! Look out for our sweet treat recommendations next time.
Savoury Delights On The Burren Food Trail
Sample local delicacies and traditional cuisine when you visit our favourite foodie sites:
1. The Burren Smokehouse. Smoked salmon is an Irish speciality for good reason, and the local Burren Smokehouse gives you the opportunity to appreciate how it is made. See the kiln that was traditionally used to smoke salmon, mackerel and trout, and discover the patented smoking method used to create these delicious dishes. You can visit the shop to place your order, and we will deliver to your door on your return home.
2. Cheese experiences. If you love cheese, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Clare as you discover the unique taste of local sheep and goat’s cheese. Visit Cratloe Hill Cheese to sample sheep’s cheese that tastes sublime and has no artificial additives, or take a trip to St Tola Goat Farm to experience the wide range of delicious goat’s cheese, all of which is organic and fully traceable from farm to fork.
3. Wild Kitchen. When you want to connect with local food and traditions, you can’t go wrong with a Wild Kitchen experience. Sign up for a Wild Food Walk and discover the incredible bounty of the land and seashore in Lahinch. You will learn about nature’s edible delights, including seaweeds and tasty greens, and discover the many benefits of these natural foods as you enjoy a wild food lunch.
4. Burren Sea Foods. Of course, seafood is a staple part of the traditional diet in Clare. This is best enjoyed fresh from the boat, and at New Quay, you can find lobster, oysters, mussels, clams, shrimp and brown crab to treat your tastebuds.
5. Free range meat. If you’ve tried grass fed meat, you’ll know it’s a cut above the rest, and Burren Free Range Pork is a true farm to fork experience. You’ll appreciate the skill and care that goes into this farm when you discover it for yourself – and we know you’ll enjoy the pulled pork in a bun that is freshly barbecued for you. You won’t find better anywhere!
Discover Delicious Local Food In Lisdoonvarna
It’s always a good time to book a break in County Clare, as this beautiful area has so much to offer in every season. If you’re a foodlover, you may wish to schedule a trip in May, so that you can indulge your senses at the annual Burren Slow Food Festival in Lisdoonvarna. Book your stay at The Imperial Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, The Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna or The King Thomond Lisdoonvarna today and look forward to a taste of real Ireland.