IRISH FEAST FOOD TOUR OF BUSHMILLS

 
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THERE’S MORE TO BUSHMILLS THAN WHISKEY

Irish Feast walking tours of Bushmills. Who knew there was so much to see, do and eat in this historic little town?

 
 

Everyone has heard of the town of Bushmills and its world famous distillery, but more importantly, who knew there was such a thriving food scene too?

Caroline from IRISH FEAST FOOD TOURS took us on a 4 hour walking tour of this fascinating little place, introduced us to some local legends, and a delightful selection of mouth watering, home grown local delights.

 

No tour through this quaint yet famous town would be complete without a look around that famous distillery and a crash course in Irish Whiskey tasting. At the halfway point of the tour, Caroline took us into the distillery.

The excitement!

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A beautiful bottle of limited edition 12 year old single malt was opened for us all to swirl, nose, weaken slightly if needed, and then savour or down. This particular whiskey is only available to buy from the distillery shop and nowhere else. A total treat!

GOAT BACON, WHO KNEW? FIRST STOP COOPERS DELI

Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle is where this tasty treat comes from. Think of a stronger, salty bacon than what you’re used to and you’re close. Richer in flavour, it was a fantastic start to the tour. All served up with a gallon of good tea and a side of Bushmills whiskey marmalade with a cream scone in the back room of Coopers Deli. Kid goat, technically a byproduct of the dairy industry, it is now a firm favourite and top seller with the folks at Broughgammon.

The back room of the deli is like a shrine to the owner’s family’s history dating back generations at the distillery. A fascinating half hour spent with Fiona hearing tales of how it was years ago and how the dying art of being a cooper (making casks and barrels etc.) is still alive today. Just.

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One of our stops along the way was at the French Rooms. A fabulous bustling cavernous eatery. Friendly staff, bursting at the seams with customers, and any wonder when you see the treats they served us!

One of our stops along the way was at the French Rooms. A fabulous bustling cavernous eatery. Friendly staff, bursting at the seams with customers, and any wonder when you see the treats they served us!

Tartine @ The Distillers Arms. We promised to come back but as yet, we haven’t fulfilled that promise. Gary is clearly passionate about everything he serves. Top quality restaurant food, that would easily rival the finest in Belfast and beyond. Stylish and sophisticated inside, good simple home cooked food, done to perfection. Sausages and mash. Visit this place. Try the food. The highlight of the tour for us.

Tartine @ The Distillers Arms. We promised to come back but as yet, we haven’t fulfilled that promise. Gary is clearly passionate about everything he serves. Top quality restaurant food, that would easily rival the finest in Belfast and beyond. Stylish and sophisticated inside, good simple home cooked food, done to perfection. Sausages and mash. Visit this place. Try the food. The highlight of the tour for us.

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The local baker met up with us on our tour and brought warm fresh wheaten bread and beautiful fresh smoked salmon. What a delight. A surprise picnic along the way. Finally wrapping up with a glass of something nice by the fire in The Bushmills Inn.

Stretchy trousers are a must. Have a light breakfast before venturing on one of Irish Feast’s Food Tours. We are big eaters, and boy did we leave feeling like we tried EVERYTHING that Bushmills had to offer. Not forgetting the amazing chips, and far more which we haven’t even mentioned, but then why would we spoil the surprise that lies ahead?

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For more information on this tour and others offered by Caroline and Irish Feast, visit their website at www.irishfeast.com

Thanks for reading!

 
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