2007 Award Winners NATURAL FOOD AWARD 2007

Farmgate, Midleton, Co Cork

Natural Food Award 2007 - Farmgate, Midleton, Co Cork This is the older sister to Kay Harte’s Farmgate Caf - since 1983 Marg O’Brien has been delighting visitors to Midleton town and consistently pleasing a happy band of dedicated followers, who love both the shop at the front, which is full of wonderful local produce (organic fruit and vegetables, cheeses, honey), carefully selected speciality foods and their own delicious home baking – which also stars in the stylish-informal restaurant behind the shop.

How refreshing to know that Farmgate ‘is committed, even more so, to fresh, seasonal local produce – we absolutely believe in handling only produce in season’. Not a lot of food miles being notched up here then – and Marg is a founder and stall holder of the hugely successful Midleton Farmers Market too: the perfect role model for hundreds of small owner-run restaurants around the country.

4 votes


Midleton, Co. Cork
Bakery / Food Market / Restaurant
'Best Budget' denotes moderately priced establishment (max. less than €50pps for accommodation or €35 for 3-course meal without drinks) 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. 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
This unique shop and restaurant has been drawing people to Midleton in growing numbers since 1985 and it’s a great credit to sisters Marog O’Brien and Kay Harte. Kay now runs the younger version at the English Market in Cork (see entry), wh ...

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