We have a great round up of Irish brands and businesses this week, with award-winning drinks and some irresistible at-home dining options.
Dublin's Airfield Estate has opened its own traditional farm shop, which is packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as products from some of Ireland's top producers. If Adare's Dunraven Arms Hotel is within your 5k you'll want to know all about its latest offering while Aimsir at Cliff at Lyons has launched a new spring menu for its Aimsir at Home boxes - and they're sure to be a sell-out. Check out all the info below.
Keep it local
If you’re close to Adare, Co Limerick you might want to check out The Dunraven Arms Hotel’s new West Limerick spring lamb burger kit that serves four people. Head chef Chris Starr created the kit after being involved in the West Limerick Food Series, a programme designed to encourage collaboration between local businesses in the area. He teamed up with Adare butcher Brian Costello who sourced grass-fed spring lamb from a local farmer to make the patties, with other local ingredients include Vintage Cheddar from Cahill’s Cheese and free-range streaky rashers from Rigney’s Farm. The Dunraven’s spiced tomato chutney, aioli and homemade brioche buns complete the kit. It’s priced at €35 and you can order online from dunravenhotel.com (Sunday to Wednesday) for collection from the hotel (Friday and Saturday).
It’s quite possibly Ireland’s favourite butter and Kerrygold fans will be happy to hear there are now a few new additions in the range. The new Kerrygold Spreadable (RRP €3.40/ 454g tub) is made from Irish creamery butter blended with rapeseed oil, so it spreads straight from the fridge - no more bread and cold butter disasters! And the new Kerrygold Unsalted Irish Butter (€2.09/227g) is made from the milk of Irish grass-fed cows and will no doubt be an essential for home bakers - or anyone who’s keeping an eye on their salt intake. kerrygold.com/ie
Poachers Drinks, the Irish mixers brand, won big at the inaugural Tonic and Mixer Masters 2021 at the highly respected The Spirits Business Global Masters Series. As well as bagging no less than six medals Poachers took home the top accolade, the Taste Master, for its Wild Tonic with Irish Elderflower, beating over 95 other products from around the world. Speaking of the win, Brendan Colbert, founder and managing director of Poachers Drinks said: “To have won the inaugural Taste Master award for our Wild Tonic is a fantastic achievement and a testament to our love of Irish ingredients shining through on a global stage.” The Poachers range is available from poachersdrinks.com and from select retailers nationwide.
Airfield Estate in Dundrum, Dublin has launched its own traditional farm shop. Overends Kitchen Farm Shop offers produce harvested from Airfield’s own farm, gardens and orchards, as well artisan fare from local food producers and suppliers. Along with seasonal fruit, veg and herbs, there’s dairy products and fresh bakes and food cooked by the Overends culinary team. There’s also breads from organic bakery Bread 41; juices from Ballycross Apple Farm; sauces from White Mausu; Cider Vinegar from Llewellyn’s Orchard and craft beers from Wicklow Wolf. The shop is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am - 6pm. For more details see airfield.ie.
Aimsir at Home
If you missed out last time, good news: there's a new Aimsir at Home menu this month (and the team is increasing the amount of boxes available each week). The eight-course menu from the two Michelin star restaurant features an array of new dishes. They include smoked Loch Neagh eel buttermilk pancake with bone marrow emulsion and pickled mustard, 50 day dry-aged beef with beef fat confit onion, whiskey smoked onion puree and wild garlic, and a brown butter and caramelised apple pudding with roasted dandelion root sauce and clotted cream.
Aimsir at Home is €210 (for two people) and includes all food, branded tweezers for plating, a special skill tool, instruction cards and links to videos from Jordan Bailey, Majken Bech Bailey and the team explaining each course and recommending drink pairings. It's available to order online every Friday from 12pm with collection the following Friday and limited delivery on the following Saturday. See aimsirathome.ie for more.