2009 Award Winners FOOD EXTRA AWARD 2009

Longueville House

Failte IrelandThis recently introduced award can perhaps be seen as a signpost to the way food and hospitality are developing in Ireland, as time-poor visitors – whether from other countries or travelling within Ireland – seek a relaxing and enriching experience for even the briefest of short breaks, and therefore look for destinations that offer something more than a comfortable and hospitable place to stay and good food.

Many of our recommendations in ‘the Guide’ have already recognised this development, and some have forecast its arrival and long since risen to the challenge. The O’Callaghan family’s wonderful countryhouse, Longueville House, is an outstanding example of the best of traditional Irish hospitality and renowned for its fine food and drink – and much more.

Beautifully located overlooking the bountiful River Blackwater, it’s virtually self-sufficient as the river, farm and a large organic walled garden supply fresh salmon in season, their own lamb, and all the fruit and vegetables. They even have their own vineyard and, in good years, the estate’s crowning glory is their own house wine, a light refreshing white, “Coisreal Longueville” – and their abundant apple supply is used to make apple brandy too.

Recently they’ve also been making smoked salmon, preserves and other foods for artisan gifts (individually or as baskets), all available both from the house and Mahon Point Farmers Market (Thursday).

All this, plus mushroom hunts in autumn and many other seasonal events –these people are true culinary entrepreneurs and it is always an exciting place to visit. 

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Longueville House

Mallow, Co. Cork
Country House / Restaurant
A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
When Jane and the late Michael O’Callaghan opened Longueville House to guests in 1967, it was one of the first Irish country houses to do so - and, today, it is one of Ireland’s finest country house hotels. Its history is wonderfully roma ...

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