Eat & Drink
Dine on Locally Sourced Goodness
Farmgate's Gourmet Food Store
If there's one thing Farmgate's owner Máróg O'Brien possesses in abundance, it's a passion for great food. As far back as twenty-odd years ago, when her lively café/restaurant first opened, she was leading the way in sourcing quality Irish produce and masterminding simple cooking techniques, to create this legendary gem of a place to eat. The town's now famous gourmet reputation was no doubt helped along by her presence on the food scene. She's still influencing, all these years later. An old but spacious shed may not seem to be the ideal venue for a café and food store.
But Máróg's keen eye saw at once the potential to create a quirky and unique eating and shopping venue. Her Country Store, which sells Irish and European artisan foods and fine wines, now sits well in its utilitarian interior, which has double doors to the modern bistro style restaurant beyond. Farmgate also has outdoor dining space in a little courtyard. Emphasis is on quality, locally sourced ingredients and understated style.
The lunch menu includes best home made butcher's Sausages, trad Irish dishes and salads, and great sandwiches with home cooked meats or locally smoked fish. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, dinner is chic and sassy. Máróg loves traditional Irish cooking so Slow Roasts are popular on the menu. Simply cooked fresh fish from nearby Ballycotton is also a speciality. The centerpiece, day or night, is a dessert table laden with home baked tarts and cakes to sway even the most resistant diners. A cracking choice of wines from all the classic regions, including some half bottles, completes the feast - and what a feast it is.