Connemara Smokehouse and Visitor Centre

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Bunowen Pier
Connemara Smokehouse & Visitor Centre
BallyconneelyGalway
Ireland

Overview

In 1979, when he was just four years old, Graham Roberts' parents John and Bridget opened the Connemara Smokehouse. Graham's childhood memories involve following his father round as he went about the daily business - as well as playing on the rocks below. When he was 16, he became actively involved and followed this with a course in the Fisheries College in Greencastle. Today, Graham and his wife Saoirse run the business together. And with four young children, they can rest assured that the Smokehouse will continue into the next generation.

Situated on the water's edge at Bunowen Pier, in the heart of Connemara and between Roundstone and Clifden, the Connemara Smokehouse has an enviable position, with exceptional views of the Twelve Bens mountain range and the castle of Connaught's historic Pirate Queen, Grainne Mhoal. You drive around the small, curved, golden-sand beach - the Smokehouse is at the far end of the bay. It's the longest established smokehouse in the area and one of the few remaining specialising in wild smoked salmon. Wild salmon is caught locally; organic comes from Clare Island, off the west coast of Mayo. They also specialise in Irish smoked tuna and gravadlax.

The first step in the smoking process is the filleting. Graham does all the filleting by hand. Bones are removed and the fish is washed to remove any loose bones. Refrigerated for an hour or so to allow the water to drain off, it's then ready for salting and smoking. Beech is used for the smoking process and the smoke is fanned through the kiln for about 8-10 hours. The length of the smoking process depends on various factors, including the weather and Graham decides when it's ready! It's then left in the cold room for 24 hours before slicing.

Some of the fish is sliced by hand and some by machine - but with Graham slicing, it's impossible to tell the difference. He can slice between 25 and 30 sides in an  hour. There must be medals for that!  Connemara Smokehouse products include roast smoked salmon.  The fish is slowly smoked using a hot fire to give a cooked salmon texture. Hot smoked salmon is also availabe with honey roast flavour from a home marinade. Gravadlax is also produced, from fresh salmon marinated with sugar, salt, dill and Irish whiskey. Connemara Smokehouse Wild Tuna is caught by the line-fishing method and is lightly cured and smoked or marinated in honey.  Many of these products have won awards over the years 

Tours of the Smokehouse are available and take about 1 hour - just turn up any Wednesday at 3pm during the summer months. You can watch Graham through all the processes of filleting to the finished product and enjoy a sample. Graham (in English) or Nicholas (in French) will show the filleting of salmon explain the salting and smoking techniques, then he will show the hand-slicing and packing of the smoked salmon the finished product. You will also enjoy a tasting the end result. Visitors are welcome all year round to come in for a chat and purchase any of products. Group Tours by appointment only and booking is advisable for general tours. Products are available online or at the Smokehouse.

Buy Connemara Smokehouse Salmon Online click on the links below

CONNEMARA SMOKEHOUSE COLD SMOKED SALMON 200g

Read more about Connemara Smokehouse, here is their Food Shop Review

OPENING HOURS:
Open all Year Round

Monday to Friday
09.00 to 13.00 - 14.00 to 17.00

SEASONAL CLOSURES:
Closed between 13.00 -14.00 Monday to Friday's
Closed Saturday & Sundays  

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