For those who place food high on their holiday itinerary, Tipperary has plenty to offer in gourmet fare, from gastropubs, to artisanal delis, homemade bakes, coffee shops and tea rooms. Here are the Inside Tipps on foodie spots that are waiting to be discovered…
Hickey’s Cafe & Bakery – Established in the 1900s in Clonmel, Hickey’s Bakery has become a national treasure, the store has been home to no less than four generations of Hickey bakers, acclaimed for its barmbrack, cottage loaf and its famous ‘grinder’ bake.
The Cottages – This charming tearoom serves homemade sweet treats, sandwiches and excellent coffee. Set in an idyllic location and a welcome haven for pets, this is the perfect spot to start the day off right.
Country Choice – Since 1982, Country Choice, an independent grocer, delicatessen, coffee bar and market. Has prided itself on championing local and national artisanal produce.
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Blanco Niño – In the pursuit of taco-perfection, founder Phil Martin took a road trip across Mexico, where he discovered the ancient Aztec recipe that gives corn tortillas their unique flavour. On his return to Ireland, Phil found a home for the Blanco Niño Tortilleria in the beautiful county of Tipperary.
Derg Farmhouse Cheese – These specialty cheeses are made in Garranmore a few miles outside the town of Nenagh using raw milk that is farmed on site by expert cheese makers the Cooney family.
Longways Cider – This cider is brewed from carefully selected Irish apples, grown exclusively at Longways Orchard, nestled in the rolling countryside of the Suir Valley in South Tipperary.
Inch House Pudding is a third-generation triumph, passed down from Nora Egan’s Grandmother Mary Ryan. As a child Mary’s family farm would ensure that no part of the pig was wasted, using the pig’s blood to make pudding to ensure no one in the family went hungry!
Vegan Treats Steeples is a vegetarian cafe, grocers and bookstore that sells organic vegetables and locally sourced artisanal foods. Located in the heart of historic Nenagh, its outdoor courtyard is a welcome space for pets large and small.
Rivessci – Due to pandemic closures, these former food-truckers closed their hatch and began concocting their delicious condiment including cashew chilli crush and red onion marmalade with red port!
Old Barracks Roastery at Birdhill creates its aromatic, roasted beans for the coffee curious along with selling artisanal foods, coffee equipment and gluten-free sweet treats.
Lazy Bean Café is known for its humongous American style pancakes, its indulgent marshmallow filled hot chocolate, frothy coffees and decadent cakes to delight the sweet tooth in your party.