Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Weekly Best Buy: Longueville House Apple Cider

William and Aisling O' Callaghan of Longueville Country House have been producing artisan apple brandy for many years using tree-to-bottle brewing, on the grounds of their award winning country house in Mallow, County Cork. In recent times, a distinctive medium-dry cider has been added to their range using a mix of Dabinett and Michelin apples from their 20-acre apple farm. The Longueville House Cider range has earned a reputation of quality - rapidly becoming a major hit in many restaurants and licensed premises throughout Ireland.

The crop of Dabinett and Michelin apples are harvested in the autumn every year, once picked the apples are crushed and pressed in an oak cider press machine which is located in the historic cider house on their farm. The pressed juice is naturally fermented over time resulting in a rich, amber coloured cider. There are no added colourings, additives, sulphites or preservatives used at any stage during the production and manufacturing process of the cider. The cider is then bottled in 500ml glass and sold as Longueville House Cider.

Coupled with their cider, Longueville produce an artisan range of Irish Apple Brandy which is stored in French oak barrels where it is aged for four years to allow mature. During the maturing process, the brandy draws out the tannins from the oak wood resulting in a brandy which is rich with the aroma of apples, yet smooth and full bodied on the palate. It is then bottled in 500ml glass and sold as Longueville House Irish Apple Brandy which is available in selected outlets nationwide.

Longueville House Cider is priced between €3.50 - €3.99 available in the following outlets:


- Celtic Whiskey Shop Dawson Street
- Deveney's Rathmines
- Donnybrook Fair
- Drinkstore Manor St
- Gibneys Malahide
- Hollands Bray
- Jus De Vin Portmarnock
- Mortons of Ranelagh
- O’Briens Off Licences
- Palmers Townhouse
- Redmond’s of Ranelagh
- Rushe’s Eurospar, Dalkey
- Supervalu Balbriggan


- Longueville House, Mallow, 
- Ahernes Restaurant, Youghal, 
- Ballymaloe House, Shanagarry
- Barry Fitzgerald Off Licence, Cork 
- Blarney Castle Hotel, 
- Bradleys Off - Licence North Main Street
- Café Paradiso Restaurant, Cork
- Carryout Off Licence, Mallow
- Centra Store, Mallow
- Cornstore Restaurant, Cork
- Drinks Direct, Cork
- Electric Bar & Restaurant, Cork
- Farmgate Restaurant, Cork Market
- Fenns Quay Restaurant, Cork
- Fish Fishy Café, Kinsale
- Hickeys Bar, Dromahane
- Jacobs on the Mall, Cork
- Jacques Restaurant, Cork
- L’Atitude Restarurant, Cork
- Liberty Grill, Cork
- Lissard Estate, Clonakilty
- O’Briens Off Licence, Douglas
- Railway Bar, Kilshannig
- Richies Bar & Bistro, Clonakilty
- Sage Restaurant, Midleton
- Springfort Hall Café, Mallow
- Supervalu Mitchelstown
- Twohigs Supervalue, Kanturk

Rest of Ireland:

- Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Co. Waterford
- Campagne Restaurant, Kilkenny
- Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co. Waterford
- Con Trass, Apple Farm, New Inn, Tipperary
- Delphi Lodge, Connemara
- Glenstall Abbey, Co. Limerick
- Rathmullan House, Ramelton, Co. Donegal

Longueville House Apple Cider & Brandy can be ordered on-line and delivered straight to your door. If you wish to stock Longueville Apple Cider, you can contact Longueville here.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Cork Bites - A List of Casual Eateries In Cork City


Since starting my food blog over a year ago, every so often I am asked by those planning a trip to Cork for recommendations on the best eateries for lunch in the city. It is with this in mind that I have decided to compile an A - Z list of casual eateries in Cork City.

Over the next two weeks, I will be putting together a comprehensive list of casual dining eateries to include; cafes, sandwich bars, food emporiums, gastropubs, cafes and many more. The emphasis will be on real food supplied by local producers in Cork and served at a very good price.

Art work courtesy of Simone Walsh

Are you a proud owner of a casual dining eatery in Cork?

If you run a casual dining eatery in Cork, please drop me a line here and let me know what makes your eatery different. Do you sell Cork's best sandwiches, or serve the very best coffee or provide the friendliest welcome? Let me know, along with a few images of your eatery and I will  let others know. 

Are you a producer looking to advertise in Cork Bites Summer 2013?

Many people have asked if I will be producing a physical copy of Cork Bites. I am currently drawing up costings for the design, print and distribution of a possible booklet which will have available advertising space. If you are a food supplier, a local business or a tourist attraction and wish to advertise in "Cork Bites 2013" - a casual eatery booklet, you can contact me here.

I am really excited about writing up a list of Cork's best eateries. In the meantime, let me know your favourite eatery in Cork and I will add it to the list. Check back soon for the full A - Z list.

Warmest Wishes,