Indulgence

Kenmare Farmers’ Market

Kenmare Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday a local farmers’ market takes place in Kenmare square from 9am – 3pm. There is a lovely mix of stalls offering fresh local fare; including home baked bread, beeswax products, local cheeses and a fine array of fresh fish and cured meats. Stock up on scrumptious artisan food and create your very own locally-sourced tapas platter. On the Wild Side – based out of Castlegregory – do great charcuterie, including Guinness infused saucisson (yes, really!), pork paté and seafood terrines. We highly recommend the trout terrine and also the seaweed infused saucisson. French man Oliver Beaujouan mans the stall and will guide you towards the treats that will tickle your fancy. Fiona’s Cheese Stall has a fantastic choice of local Irish cheese. The Cranberry goats cheese and locally made cumin gouda with quince go down a treat. The Real Olive stall stocks a range of Mediterranean produce (notably fantastic Kalamata olives and basil hummus) as well as Ireland’s first and only real buffalo mozzarella cheese. They also have excellent traditional extra virgin olive oil for a steal at 5 Euro. Baking Emporium do a great range of artisan breads.  Choose from wheat, spelt and rye breads, not to mention the traditional Irish brown loaf. You won’t be disappointed! Here’s our very fine lunch after a lovely morning browsing the Kenmare Farmers’ Market…  ...

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SÁMAS Spa

SÁMAS Spa

  Should you be in the mood for a true treat, head to the sensational SÁMAS Spa at the Park Hotel, Kenmare.  Open to non-residential guests, this luxe spa offers a wide range of treatments in a stunning, serene setting overlooking Kenmare Bay.  Especially popular is their “SÁMAS Experience” package – a three hour pampering session that incorporates thermal and holistic treatments.  You will emerge refreshed, rejuvenated and utterly relaxed. For a detailed list of treaments available, see: www.parkkenmare.com/sámas Photo courtesy of the Park Hotel Kenmare...

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Kilmackillogue Harbour

Kilmackillogue Harbour

A picture-perfect harbour with a traditional Irish pub and fantastic views out across the water.  The harbour is just down the road from Dereen Gardens in Lauragh, so it is well worth visiting both the same day.  The pub food at Teddy O’Sullivans is excellent – effectively the catch of the day, fresh off the boats that morning.  The atmosphere and ambiance here on a summer’s day is glorious. Groups of friends and families gather, sitting out on the pier watching the boats come and go.  Sit outside, order the Kenmare Bay Mussels and a Guinness and prepare to linger over a lovely leisurely lunch. Teddy O’Sullivan’s Pub is open during the summer but best to phone ahead in advance to check from October onward. Phone: 064 66 83014  ...

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Artisan Chocolate

Artisan Chocolate

Award winning French chef, Benoit Lorge, creates sensational handmade gourmet chocolates in the village of Bonane, just 5 Km from Kenmare.  “Le Chocolat Shop” stocks his full range of scrumptious truffles, bonbons, almond bites and nougat. Perfect for presents (…especially for oneself). Benoit also runs a number of specialist courses for aspiring adult chocolate makers as well as hugely popular children’s classes (see our Family Fun section for more details…) www.lorge.ie TEL: 064 667 9994...

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Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

The Kenmare School of Wine was established by Frenchman Alain Bras – a multi-award winning sommelier and WSET wine lecturer – and his Irish wife, Christine Arthur. Alain & Christine’s wine appreciation courses are a wonderful way to increase your knowledge on wine (or in his words “begin a love affair with wine…”) in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. Wine tastings last for approximately 2 hours and include a selection of fine wines specially chosen in consultation with your group.  Tastings can be organised at the cottages or at Alain’s wine boutique on Henry Street.  The boutique is a treasure trove of fine wine so we definitely recommend you pay a visit! For more information see: http://www.vgwines.com/category/70/school-of-wine  ...

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Delicatessens & Cafes

Delicatessens & Cafes

Pastry selection at The Rose Garden, Kenmare Travel & Leisure Magazine has declared Kenmare to be a “a top-notch gastronomic destination” and with due reason. The quality of restaurants in Kenmare is reflected in the quality of bakeries and top-notch delis in town.  Jam and Truffle Pig on Henry St. are both lovely cafes in which to brunch or lunch or to buy wonderful homemade baking and local produce such as honey and jam.  Also on Henry St. is the ever popular Purple Heather.  Described by Travel & Leisure as “a cross between a pub and an auntie’s parlour”, the Purple Heather serves up wonderful fresh fare such as seafood chowders, open crab sandwiches and goats cheese salads – not to mention very reliable ham and cheese sandwiches. In Travel & Leisure’s view “it’s pub grub gone to heaven”!  Another nice lunch option is The Bookstop Vegetarian Cafe located on Bridge Street (near the tourist office). Operating as a bookshop and cafe, they serve up great salads, open sandwiches and great cakes and pastries as well as organic teas.  There’s also a cute  garden terrace out the back.  Also, The Rose Garden, a French run bakery on the Sneem Road produces some of the best baguettes and croissants you will taste outside France.  You can just drop in and buy them every morning and we recommend that you do. Salads at The Bookstop Vegetarian Cafe For those interested the Travel & Leisure feature “The Great Irish Food Revolution” can be read here: www.travelandleisure.com/articles/the-great-irish-food-revolution...

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