In the market town of Midleton, close by the famous Jameson Whiskey Distillery, you will find the celebrated Sage Resturant with its famous “12-Mile Rule”, instigated by chef Kevin Aherne, a passionate champion of local produce. Sage is close by the sea and surrounded by some of the richest farmland in northern Europe. So their ethos is simple. As many ingredients as possible must come from within 12 miles of their door. The result is a celebration of Cork’s very best.
First opened in 1993, this vegetarian restaurant, featuring innovative, global veggie cuisine using local produce, has become a Cork icon, with founder and chef Dennis Cotter working closely with local growers such as Ultan Walsh of Gort na Nain farm to raise vegetarian food to supreme levels. Paradiso is one of the Must Do experiences for serious foodies visiting our city, and a shining example of a Local Champion.
Take a trip out West to Heir Island, travel by boat across the bay to the Firehouse School and enjoy a one-day course in bread baking in this magical setting. An award winning, unforgettable experience on a tiny island set in the wild grandeur of Roaring Water Bay. You’ll return on the late evening ferry with a bag of your own freshly baked bread from one of the most magical spots on the Wild Atlantic Way.