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Unit 33, Grand Parade Market, Grand Parade , Cork City Co Cork
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Toby Simmonds is a legend at The English Market and his Real Olive Company – which he started in 1994 to offer discerning shoppers the best in olives, oils, and Mediterranean fare at a time when choice in Ireland was limited - has become a popular fixture at farmers’ markets around the country too.

The Real Olive Company

Toby Simmonds is a legend at The English Market and his Real Olive Company – which he started in 1994 to offer discerning shoppers the best in olives, oils, and Mediterranean fare at a time when choice in Ireland was limited - has become a popular fixture at farmers’ markets around the country too.


The range has grown a lot - and now includes their own Toonsbridge Buffalo Mozzarella, which won an Irish Food Writers' Guild Good Food Award (2013), but the underlying principles of choice and quality remain in place.


Now also at Toons Bridge Dairy (see entry) near Macroom, where Toby's wife Jenny Rose Clarke - already well known to English Market customers - operates a shop and café.

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