The Ivory Tower is an intimate, quirky dining room above some shops on Oliver Plunkett Street, the busy heart of Cork city centre. Chef Seamus O’Connell is something of a Cork legend, a maverick, an inventor, a supremely talented chef who fuses Irish ingredients with French, Mexican and Japanese traditions. His tasting menus are famous, the experience is rarely less than intriguing and it will almost certainly be a meal to remember.
When Jeffa Gill began making cheese on her farm in 1979, it was part of her pioneering spirit and drive to provide for her family from her own small-holding in West Cork. Jeffa also wanted to capture something of the goodness of this ancient farming land in her unique, hand-crafted cheeses. Today, almost four decades later, Durrus cheeses are still made by hand, using traditional techniques on their own farm.
The historic fishing town of Kinsale, about a half-hour’s drive from Cork City, is one of Ireland’s gastronomic jewels. It’s long been famous for its high-quality producers and restaurants, and this walking tour takes in all the highlights, as well as plenty of local colour. And there is also a three-hour foraging tour in the fields and on the shores around the town.
This craft brewery and distillery focuses on beers & artisan gins. Husband and wife team Sam & Maudeline Black welcome visitors throughout the week, the tours take you to the heart of the craft and they are located in one of Cork’s great gourmet hot-spots, the fishing harbour town of Kinsale.