Taste the Vales

Taste the Vales

Food trails and a taste of the Vales

We all know that the Munster Vales have a fabulous variety of home grown, locally produced, beautifully presented food and thought it was time to link these brilliant producers so that you don’t miss out.

We’ve worked with local producers and providers to develop a unique Taste the Vales Food Trail to get you on your way.

Taste the Vales

Whatever kind of food day you’re feeling, there is something for everyone along the Munster Vales Food Trails. There are plenty of options to attract all palates and all budgets to give everyone a real taste of the Munster Vales.

From artisan coffees and melt in your mouth pastries, nourishing soups and stonking stews, local cheeses and Michelin starred dishes, the trail takes you on a real foodie journey around this stunning area of Ireland.

Get a grip on local produce

If you want to get your hands dirty and get a grip on how local produce is made, make sure you swing by the Apple Farm in Cahir where you can pick your own fruit and refresh with one of their delicious apple juices or ciders made on site from their own apples. If cheese is your thing, you won’t want to go past Cashel Blue Cheese for a tour and some tasters. For the meat eaters, set yourself up in the exquisite Ballinwillin House in Mitchelstown and try out their organic venison and wild boar partnered with wine from the owners’ famous Chateau Mulcahy Hungarian vineyard. And for a bit of overnight luxury and the best of local farm to fork produce, look out for Ballyvolane House in Castlelyons and Mallow’s Longueville House. We especially recommend checking out the brilliantly named Bertha’s Revenge gin!

Quick bites and coffees that hit the spot

Pop into The Keep in Cahir to stock up on their slabs of carmel slices, mouth watering brownies and massive muffins to keep your energy levels up washed down with one of their speciality coffees. If you’re in Cork, Lyla’s Kitchen in Buttevant will sort you out with some great home baking and tasty hot drinks. And if you’re looking for something different in Waterford, Barons’ Bakery gives their bread that extra edge by baking them in Scotch Brick Ovens. Take a trip to Hotel Minella and visit Fodar where you can enjoy some tasty treats and yummy coffee open from 12-8pm daily.

Ready for lunch

There’s plenty of reasons to head for Fethard and Dooks Fine Food’s is most certainly one of them. For a warming stew or a quirky sausage roll, it’s worth planning ahead to make sure this is on your agenda for lunch. Or breakfast. Or dinner... And for creamy fish pies or fresh falafels, your go to is the Lava Rock in Cahir.

Limerick’s delightful Spruce & Willow will stock you up on healthy soups, noodles and breads with great vegan options. And in Cork Townhouse Doneraile, with old world charm and food to write home about, you can pick up a hearty blend of local meats with flatbreads and focaccias, and homemade tarts and soups. If you’re spending time in Waterford, Café Bliss will give you the perfect options of fresh soup, sandwiches and salad with a mouth watering twist.

A starring role

If you’re looking for Michelin starred levels of foodie pleasure, we’ve got you covered. Start off in Cashel at the Michelin starred Chez Hans and Café Hans for leisurely brunches and lunches, swing by Limerick’s Deebert House Hotel for the whole classy experience or treat yourself to the elite elegance of Longueville House which prides itself on setting the bar for self sufficiency when it comes to produce.

Take a picnic

Many of the country houses, cafes and restaurants around the Munster Vales like Praline in Cork will set you up with a picnic or afternoon tea, and there are plenty of perfect little spots to spread out your booty and get stuck into some delicious food at your own pace. We suggest:

  • Mount Congreve’s stunning gardens and walks, just off the Waterford Greenway with views over the River Suir
  • Waterford’s outdoor museum of geological records at the Copper Coast Geopark offers a range of trails for everyone from family groups to adventure seekers
  • Roaming around the gardens and setting the kids a challenge at Mallow Castl
  • Spending time at Lough Gur Heritage Centre to view Ireland’s largest stone circle and the spring fed lake – an important archeological site.

So all you need to do is grab your map and get on your way to a bellyful of tasty food!