We are delighted to be able to work with some of the best suppliers in the country. The produce supplied to us is carefully selected by each supplier before it is delivered to us and we are lucky to be able to work closely with each company to ensure we chose the best produce to put into each of our meals.
Here are some of the local companies supplying fresh produce to Blackrock Cottage.
La Rousse Foods is an independent, 100% Irish-owned company, specialising in the supply of fine foods to premium food establishments since 1992.
La Rousse Foods provide us with a wide range of fresh, seasonal and innovative produce from a network of local and international producers, always keeping informed of the latest food trends and providing us with the best quality produce.
Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese is a unique, premium Irish farmhouse cheese produced in Co. Galway. Their unique award-winning cheese is inspired from the Swiss alps.
The cheese is fully traceable and sustainable from farm to fork, Bord Bia – Origin Green approved. It has a low carbon footprint and is handmade at the foothills of the Slieve Aughty mountains, Co. Galway.
Beechlawn Organic Farm is recognised as a producer of the best quality organic vegetables in Ireland, bringing healthy food to their customers, grown by their team in a sustainable way.
Beechlawn Organic Farm ensure they:
– Grow produce only using natural methods
– Use environmentally friendly packaging
Gannet Fishmongers was founded by Stefan Griesbach. What began as a small Pop-Up Fish stall has become one of Ireland’s Top Artisan Seafood Producers.
The quality, the origin of their catch and the expertise of their team has earned them the trust, respect and friendship of many chefs and fish lovers across Ireland.
McGeough’s butchers was started in the 1970’s by Eamonn McGeough who, after spending well over a century crafting his butchery trade in the UK, returned home to Ireland to the small town of Oughterard outside Galway City and it was here that the McGeough family started trading.
In 1990 Eamonn was joined by his son James. Following his pursuit for innovation and perfection, James moved to Germany for 6 years where he trained to become a German Master Butcher – a much sought after and respected title and the only Irish Butcher to have this qualification. After 6 years, James moved to Ireland with his Master Butchery, enthusiasm and passion. Once home and settled in his Fathers butcher shop, James began to experiment with local ingredients to produce products that could be described as being of German/Swiss origin but with that inevitable Connemara touch.
We are delighted to be able to work with such a talented butcher and great Connemara business. Our chef Martin O’Donnell has worked with the team at McGeoughs for over 15 years and together have created many speciality products and hopefully many more to come.
Gaelic growers of Real Vegetables in South Conamara. Seasonal. Local. Beyond Organic.
Established by Aonghus O’Coistealbha in 2013, An Garrai Glas is a small farm of 1.5acres which takes in three to four workers a year to help with operations.
Aonghus’s Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather were Blacksmiths and today a small farm shop sits in the site of the original forge where they worked. Vegetables hadn’t been grown on the land since the 1990’s and the land had never been subjected to high intensity agriculture.
In 2013 Aonghus and his team set about rejuvenating the land which is farmed in an organic and chemical-free way. Being based in the Connemara, the land is rocky and does not allow for the use of tractors, which means no oil being burnt.
Describing themselves as market gardeners they model their farm on small scale agricultural American farms and provide a prime example of regenerative agriculture.
Dooncastle Oysters was established by John Ward in 2006. Beginning as an Assistant to oyster farmers, John learned how to maintain and care for stock. Every farm John worked on taught him something new from which he developed his own technique, focusing on quality.
Dooncastle Oysters are carefully minded in the Grade A Galway Bay waters which are located off Claddaghduff in Clifden in Co Galway. It is here that they develop their highly popular unique flavour.
Rockfield Dairy, which was founded by Aisling and Michael Flanagan, produces Velvet Cloud sheep’s milk, Velvet Cloud sheep’s milk yoghurt and Rockfield sheep’s milk cheese.
All the sheep’s milk is produced on the Flanagan family farm from a flock of Friesland and Lacuane ewes. Due to the mild, wet climate, the ewes can graze on an abundance of grass and clover pastures for almost the entire year.
Sliabh Aughty Honey is produced by the Leahy family in Loughrea, Co. Galway. Noel Leahy is the fourth generation of his family to produce the single filtered, unpasteurized, 100% raw honey.
Nestled in the Sliabh Aughty Mountains in the West of Ireland, the land is natural and unspoiled with lush meadows full of wild flowers and herbs, raised bog areas covered with purple heather.
Typical plants to be found in Sliabh Aughty mountains include Pussywillow, Elderberry, Sycamore, Dandelion, Whitethorn, Chestnut, Clover, Blackberry, wild herbs and Heather. The combination of the fantastic landscape and flora gives the honey a unique and pure flavour.
Anam Coffee care passionately about the beans they select. All of their coffee beans are 100% certified organic & fully traceable back to their origin and are grown with care for the environment. They pay more for their coffee ensuring the farmer has been paid substantially more to harvest his beans in a way that delivers unique flavours with great quality.
Anam Coffee work with merchants who share their ethos for quality and who demonstrate they are actively involved in projects at origin, safeguarding the future of speciality coffee beans.
These projects typically assist in sustainable organic methods of farming, sharing information with growers in an effort to improve coffee quality and in turn, improving grower’s living standards