A fine kitchen café in the little village of Ballydehob on the Wild Atlantic Way - Budds is a much-loved spot for late, lazy breakfasts, especially with the summer crowds who flock to this beautiful, wild coastal region of Cork. Well worth a visit if you are driving through.
Every Friday in June, July and August, come rain or shine, this walking tour sets out to visit the best of food producers, retailers, restaurants and cafes in the gorgeous West Cork market town (and foodie paradise) of Clonakilty. They take in everything from ice-cream cafes to the famous “Clon” farmers market. It’s fun, friendly and everybody is encouraged to chat, engage and taste.
At three locations including French Church Street and Princes Street - O'Connaill Chocolate offer everything sweet – including hot chocolates and cakes from their own bakery.
Bluebell Falls is a traditional artisan family business, run by Victor and Breda O'Sullivan since 2003. A multi award-winning cheese manufacturer, found just outside Charleville in North Cork, their goats graze freely on the farm and enjoy lush grass, wild herbs and bushy shrubs.
Ballymaloe House has been at the centre of Cork’s food culture for decades, with a cookery school that has won international acclaim. The famous old country house in East Cork runs regular early morning Pastry & Bread Making Courses. But be ready for an early start – dough mixing begins at 7am!