Christmas is fast approaching and these delicious hampers from Ardkeen Quality Food Store are the perfect gift for the food-lover in your life.
The first retailer to be recognised by Euro-Toque Ireland for its outstanding contribution to Irish food, Ardkeen Quality Food Store stocks more than 1,5000 products, including some of our favourites like Lismore Company Biscuits, Drummond House Garlic, Harry's Nut Butter, Bean & Goose Chocolate and much more. The best part is they deliver worldwide, so you can send Irish treats to your friends and family in time for Christmas, no matter which continent they're on.
Now that Christmas is approaching - and we can't go to any shops to find gifts - Ardkeen Quality Food Store's hampers are at the top of our shopping list. The hampers pack in some of the very best local and regional artisan foods, with prices starting at just €32.50 and shipping at €6.95 so there's an option for every pocket and taste. Read on for some of our hamper recommendations.
The Kilmurrin hamper
Named after beautiful Kilmurrin Cove between Tramore and Boatstrand in Waterford, this hamper comes in a gorgeous presentation box so you don't need to opt for gift wrapping when you order - simply pay and have it shipped to the lucky recipient in time for Christmas.
Each hamper includes a bottle of Baron Pichaux Bordeaux Rouge wine, a jar of Ciara's Pantry mixed berry conserve, Seymours dark chocolate raspberry bites and a pack of Skelligs chocolate truffles. Starting from €32.50, you can order the Kilmurrin hamper here.
The Helvick hamper
Priced at €50, the Helvick hamper - which is named after Helvick Head in Waterford - supplies the perfect balance of sweet and savoury. Packed with a bag of Coffee House Lane ground coffee to get you caffeinated, the hamper's savoury elements include a jar of Befani's of Clonmel spiced pear and date chutney, Ciara's Panty piquant chilli jelly and a pack of delicious Irish brown bread crackers from Sheridans Cheese. The sweet treats include some Big Red Kitchen lemon curd, Joan & Bob's elderflower and orange jam, Seymour's dark chocolate and raspberry biscuit bits, Skelligs chocolate truffle box and a bottle of Richmount elderberry cordial. Click here to see more.
The Creadan hamper
A little more expensive, this hamper costs €100 but includes everything from the Helvick hamper plus two bottles of wine - S Delafont Mosaique Laquedoc Blanc and Rouge - and a tube of Lismore Food Company's delicious all-butter shortbread. Click here to see more.
The Faithlegg hamper
Named after Faithlegg village, this hamper costs €250 and is the perfect gift for the food-lover in your life. Packed with more than 20 Irish favourites, this hamper highlights the best of the best from around the country, including Deise Irish honey, Highbank Orchards organic Irish spirit liqueur, O'Neill's Irish Atlantic sea salt and much more, plus lots of the products found in the hampers above. Click here for more info.
The hampers have undergone a bit of a makeover during the past few months, including working towards more sustainable packaging methods. The hamper's wrapping is 100 per cent recyclable, biodegradable or reusable, without compromising on design.
Depending on the contents, the hampers are shipped in kraft boxes, plywood crates or wicker baskets made from autumn willow, lined with tissue paper and tied with twine, resulting in a wholesome feel that conveys that the hampers are made with considerable consideration - exactly the feeling you want to convey with a Christmas gift!
Based in Waterford City, Ardkeen Quality Food Store is a family-run independent food store that was founded in 1967. In the years since, the business has grown massively in popularity with its online store helping to solidify Ardkeen's reputation as a specialist outlet for Irish artisan produce and locally sourced food.
Click here for more information on Ardkeen Quality Food Store and its hamper offerings.