UK’s first free range milk label launched

This article by Katy Askew recently caught our eye given our desire to serve the best possible quality food menus here in Kerry, safe in the knowledge that local producers are being supported both fairly and that they are rewarded for their ethical methods of producing food ingredients:

“The Free Range Dairy Pasture Promise label was launched in the UK last week in an effort to alert consumers to whether the milk they buy is free range and “support farmers” by paying a “fair price” for cows that are kept in fields for at least six months of the year.

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Here’s a really fun video from the guys over at the Free Range Dairy Network which demonstrates the happy life of a free-range dairy cow!

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Free Range Dairy Network, a nationwide network of farmers who produce free-range milk, was formed in response to what it termed the “dairy crisis” hitting UK dairy farmers. According to the group, global market volatility in the dairy sector has resulted in a 30% drop in farmgate milk prices over the past 12 months. This, the Free Range Dairy Network argued, is driving “traditional family farms” out of business as milk is supplied from “increasingly intensive farming systems”.

The network aims to connect farmers with local milk processors to ensure dedicated milk collection from farms that will mean Pasture Promise milk is not mixed with milk from intensively farmed dairy cows – as is the current situation. The focus is on supplying smaller independent processors because, the Network said, this would support local communities.

“In today’s marketplace there is currently little alternative for dairy farmers other than the relentless pursuit of higher milk volumes, delivered from increasingly intensive methods. But, we want to offer farmers a vision of the future founded on value rather than volume. By labelling milk and dairy products with the Pasture Promise label we can define the value in their milk from traditional, seasonally grazed dairy herds and farming system,” dairy farmer Neil Darwent, co-director of the Free Range Dairy Network, commented.

Carol Lever, co-director Free Range Dairy Network, added: “Most consumers see pictures of cows grazing in fields when they buy milk and believe the milk they are buying has come from those cows. Whether you support intensive systems or not, at present because all the milk is mixed together you have no choice but to buy milk from those farms. The Free Range Dairy Pasture Promise label is a way for consumers to choose what type of farming system they want to support, safe in the knowledge this is helping keep pasture based farmers in business and cows in fields.”

Thank you to great article from Katy Askew & we applaud the efforts of the Free Range Dairy Network & others in implementing this type of labelling to provide a clear and concise choice for consumers.

And we’re certainly in favour of similar efforts being introduced to Ireland as we continue to strive to serve high quality Kerry restaurant food sourced from ethical local producers & beyond.

 

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Ring of Kerry Cycle July 2015

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle now in its 32nd year, is the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Munster, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists who will experience a fun and rewarding day’s cycling, completing 112 miles of the spectacular Ring of Kerry, while at the same time fundraising for worthy Kerry based charities.

The Start and Finish Line location will again be at the New Street Car Park, Killarney Town Centre (behind the Town Hall).
There are 2 food stops sponsored by LIDL – one in Caherciveen and one in Kenmare. Both will be signposted.

There will also be food and water available along the route. Nature Valley are supplying free Nature Valley Bars – please be advised that these contain nuts.
The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is being promoted under the auspices of Cycling Ireland and all entrants must adhere to the following guidelines from their Safety Code.
Casey’s Bar and Restaurant will again be providing refreshments for all the cyclists passing Brook Lane Hotel in the afternoon.

We wish everyone a very safe and successful cycle in 2015.

For your after event meal No 35 Kenmare will be open in Main Street from 5.30pm for dinner.

And if you’ve got 180 seconds to spare check out this great video from Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle which captures all of the fun, excitement & atmosphere (along with the stunning scenic beauty of the region) of what is a truly unique day in the calendar of The Kingdom:

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Craigies Cider – From Wicklow’s Orchards To Kenmare’s Tables

We previously visited the wonderful West Waterford Food Festival as we’re always on the lookout for new & exciting tastes and inspirations to bring to No.35 Kenmare. By venturing outside of the county (where we’ve already got a vibrant Kerry restaurant/food & drink scene) to surrounding regions to source new ideas and ingredients we can continue to bring our customers the best that Ireland has to offer direct from committed & passionate suppliers.

“Gin, Whiskey and Cider were among the tipples highlighted in a drinks series at Merry’s Pub in Dungarvan as part of the West Waterford Food Festival. Simon Tyrrell spoke on Craft Cider on Saturday and gave us an idea of the challenges, both natural (weather, terroir) and regulatory (punitive duty), facing the new wave of producers.

Simon, a winemaker in the Rhone, makes Craigie’s Cider in County Wicklow, where his partners are Angus Craigie, Ralf Högger, Emma Tyrrell and Alan Garrioch.  Sourcing good apples can be a problem;  Simon is convinced that Ireland produces some of the best apples in the world “but difficult to find”.

Dabinett and Michelin are perhaps the best known cider apples in Ireland. Simon works a lot with Dabinett. “It looks awful, gnarled, small. The flesh is woody and it has tannins.” But these tannins give structure and also help the cider age and eventually helps the interaction between cider and food.

Cider makers only get one chance a year to get it right – a major difference with the making of beer! “We only make vintage cider, “ he said, as he introduced us to Craigie’s Dalliance 2012. “No blends from different years. Cider should taste different from year to year.” Cider looks to express the best qualities of the fruit, show where the nuances lie.

The apples used in 2012 were from the Cappoquin Estate. Elstar is a favourite with Simon: “the finest eating apple” accounts for fifty per cent of the blend. The varieties, the other is Falstaff, were fermented separately “because they ripened separately” and are then allowed sit on the lees for 15 months.

“You have pear and apple like flavours and a natural freshness. The PH, at 2.9, is very low and this helps protect the emerging cider”.

Craigies Cider At No. 35 Kenmare Restaurant

Next up for tasting was the Dalliance 2013 and there were differences, some down to the weather which was better for this one. June and July were very good months and September was above average.

“This is a different drinking experience. It is drier, has a less complex flavour profile but not the concentration of the 2012. Might get there but not sure!”

If the Dalliance illustrated the effect of the weather, the next cider, the Ballyhook Flyer, showed the way soil can impact on the cider. The Flyer is their “principal” cider and is made from 80% Dabinett (availability of this type is increasing) and also some Katy (desert) and Bramley. As he talked  us through the Flyer 2012, we could see that the “dry” sensation is more prominent than in the Dalliance. “Because the PH is higher.”

An extra orchard, near Carrick on Suir, was used for Dabinett in 2013. Here, a slight change in the soil type gave the cider more body, more tannin, and Simon is thinking of using barrel aging in future vintages of the Flyer to “help polish the tannins”. The aromas at this stage are less expressive. It has some of same characteristics as the 2012 but the style is “more gripping” because of the new source for the Dabinett.”

So if you are after a unique cider taste experience be sure to sample our Craigies Cider range when you visit No.35 Kenmare and our carefully selected menu ingredients will combine effortlessly with the authentic and vintage blends from this ever-popular Irish cider producer.

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Irish Pork, is it ? At No. 35 Kenmare, it is!

DNA Tests Show Less Than 50% Of Pig Meat Sold Is Irish
DNA testing of samples from butchers across Ireland has revealed that less than half of the pig meat products sold here are actually Irish.

The certified traceability programme was launched by the Irish Farmers’ Association to identify imported pigmeat and to ensure that consumers are not being misled about the origin of their meat – this is something that we at No. 35 Restaurant Kenmare are great advocates of.

120 products – including mince, rashers, back bacon and pork – were sampled at various locations around the country and 51% were not assigned to the Irish Boar Database, implying that they originated outside the country. The database is a joint initiative between the IFA and the Association of Irish Craft Butchers, which obliges craft butchers to display the country of origin for meat.

The IFA national pigs and pigmeat committee chairman Pat O’Flaherty said “the level of imported product identified by the DNA testing is compounded by the fact that the country of origin was not displayed in any of the butchers’ stores audited. Over 80% are part of the programme, yet none carried country-of-origin labeling.”

The ACBI has pointed the finger at suppliers who, they say, may be supplying imported meat to butchers and passing it off as Irish, and has called for greater transparency in the supply chain.

Among the butchers held up as examples of best practice was Cork’s Ó Crualaoí’s, who have four butcher’s shops around the county. They, along with Quinn’s of County Clare, were described as “star performers” in the report.

“These stores are members of the Association of Craft Butchers and it should be pointed out that the ACBI members showed much greater support for Irish meat than the non-members” said Mr O’Flahtery. “We appreciate that the local butcher is under pressure. However, that is not an excuse to mislead the consumer on the origin of their meat. A fresh round of testing in butchers shops will commence next month,” he concluded.

All of the above points to the need of complete transparency in the industry & why we are extremely proud to serve pork which has been hand-reared on Dermot Brennan’s farm just outside Kenmare & we look forward to seeing even more restaurants in Kerry following suit in terms of supporting local pork producers.

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Christmas in Kenmare

Christmas in Kenmare

 

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It’s nearly Christmas time again.

Kenmare has always been a special and unique place to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
The Christmas celebrations are now complimented by the wonderful Kenmare Choral Festival. This special combination will leave you with many lasting memories.
Come and see the town crib, sparkling town lights and beautiful shop windows. Visit the food and craft markets and Winter Wonderland; listen to storytelling and Christmas Choral song from all corners of the town; watch the charming Christmas parade or catch a festive movie; taste and smell something special at one of the many food and drink events; learn a thing or two at one of the arts and crafts workshops; take part in a charity walk or Treasure Hunt; and bring in the New Year at the Gala Ball or gather at the countdown in The Square.

You will be spoilt for choice in Kenmare! Seems it is Christmas why not spoil yourself and indulge in what we have to offer:

Luxury 4* Accommodation is the perfect pre christmas treat contact Brook Lane reception on 064 6642077 or visit the website for all our special packages  www.brooklanehotel.com

Dinner  No 35 Kenmare Restaurant  is a tasty little treat for all the family Call 064 664 1559 for reservations or visit our website http://www.no35kenmare.com/

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Dungarvan Helvick Gold – A Crafty Ale For Kenmare

Dungarvan Helvick Gold – A Crafty Ale For Kenmare

Craft Beer in Kenmare, Co. Kerry - Helvick Gold Irish Blonde Ale

Craft Beer in Kenmare, Co. Kerry – Helvick Gold Irish Blonde Ale

We’re always on the look out to bring new & exciting tastes to Kenmare and when we happened upon the Dungarvan Brewing Company we just had to stock their produce at our No. 35 Restaurant!

Dungarvan Brewing Company  proudly opened its doors April 2010 after years of researching, planning and developing.

The philosophy of Dungarvan brewery is one of purity:  keep the beer in its purest form by bottle-conditioning it. It isn’t filtered, isn’t pasteurised and is naturally carbonated so there is minimum interference with it between raw ingredients and finished product. All Products are made with the best quality ingredients including; Maris Otter malt, full leaf hop cones and the limestone rich water of West Waterford.

Dungarvan Helvick Gold is a refreshing blonde ale generously hopped to give bitterness and aroma that packs a punch and we’re delighted to feature this superb ale here at No. 35 & feel it really adds to our offering & helps us bring something different to the restaurant scene in Kerry.

This blonde ale is not a bland ale, there is a complexity at play here with a fruity aroma balanced by a hoppiness that makes it a slightly challenging but still quite easy to drink beer.

Helvick is a great summer’s day drink, perfect for cracking out at the barbeque. It’s an excellent beer to pair with food and works particularly well with spicy food, or try it with seafood — the citrus of the cascade hops provides the perfect accompaniment to fish and shellfish without overpowering the flavours.
Next time you visit our restaurant why not try a Helvick Gold with your meal as we’ve got a great selection of both seafood and spicy dishes on our restaurant menus.

For reservations call 064 664 1559 or visit our website http://www.no35kenmare.com/

Eat & Sleep packages are available also from Brook Lane Hotel Reception. The hotel offers a variety of 4* accommodation options to suit everybody. Contact reception on 064 6642077 for more information or visit the website http://www.brooklanehotel.com/

 

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Kenmare Choral Festival

Kenmare Choral Festival

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Following the success of the Choral Festival last year, The Kenmare Choral Festival Committee is extending a warm welcome to all choirs to come and participate in the 2013 Kenmare Choral Festival from the 30th November to 1st December 2013.

It is expected  a variety of  beautiful art form  and choral music will be brought to the local public and visitors alike through concerts, competitions and other events on the weekend.

As last year, there will be four competitions in the 2013 Festival:
Light Entertainment,
Chamber Choirs (up to 30 voices)
Church Music,
Large Choirs (25 voices and above).

Áine Nic Ghabhann and her family have kindly sponsored a new perpetual trophy for the Kenmare Choral Festival.  The Beirtí Ó Núnáin Memorial trophy will be awarded for the best competitive or non-competitive performance of a song in the Irish Language (not a translation).

The adjudicators this year are as follows:  Áine Nic Ghabhann, Martin Barrett, and Ben Hanlon.

Finally, in the spirit of the Gathering, a sincere welcome is also extended to the Irish people, home and abroad, to come to Kenmare this November to experience first-hand this amazing art form and be part of the music and festivities.

 

If you are thinking of visiting  the festival, Please avail of the following Accommodation & Dining options we have available.

Accomodation: Luxury 4* Accommodation contact Brook Lane reception on 064 6642077 or visit the website: www.brooklanehotel.com

Dining: Dinner reservations in No 35 Restaurant Call 064 664 1559 or visit our website http://www.no35kenmare.com/

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Dungarvan Copper Roast Red Ale – Kenmare’s New Arrival

Dungarvan Copper Roast Red Ale – Kenmare’s New Beautiful Bottled Craft Beer!

Kenmare Has A Beautiful Bottled Craft Beer!

Kenmare Has A Beautiful Bottled Craft Beer!

Dungarvan Copper Roast Ale is one of the many magnificent Irish craft beers that we just love to feature here at No. 35 Kenmare and this particular Irish ale is produced by Dungarvan Brewing Company. The company was launched in April 2010 after a couple of years spent researching, planning and developing by the four founders.

The philosophy of the brewery is one of purity:  keep the beer in its purest form by bottle-conditioning it. It isn’t filtered, isn’t pasteurised and is naturally carbonated so there is minimum interference with it between raw ingredients and finished product. All Products are made with the best quality ingredients including; Maris Otter malt, full leaf hop cones and the limestone rich water of West Waterford.

Dungarvan Copper Roast Ale gets its name from the famed geopark along the coastline that runs between Dungarvan and Tramore, the red ale gains its name by pouring an intense copper colour in the ice cold glass.

This deliciously smooth, fruity ale has a definite caramel character, created by the use of crystal malt in the brewing process, but with an added hop balance which offsets the sweetness of the caramel flavours. The perfectly balanced Ale.

This is a beer that works well with most meat dishes but in particular roast meats as the caramels of both the beer and the meat complement each other fantastically – we recommend sampling it with one of our free range pork dishes for a great taste combination (check out our restaurant menus, inspired by local Kenmare food producers).
Next time you visit us why not try a Copper roast Ale  for yourself and let us know what you really think of it.
Evening dinner reservations in No 35 restaurant can be made by calling 064 664 1559 or visiting the website http://no35kenmare.com

Eat & Sleep packages are also available for more information please call the 4* Brook Lane Hotel on 064 6642077 or visit the website  http://www.brooklanehotel.com

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Sneem Folklore Festival

Sneem Folklore Festival

 

This festival held in the beautiful town of Sneem , only a short drive from No. 35 Restaurant Kenmare, celebrates one of Irelands oldest traditions, Storytelling. Sneem International Folklore & Storytelling Festival is a weekend of concerts, workshops, lectures, walks and tours with a theme of folklore and storytelling for all ages. The event runs from November 8th -10th this year and promises to be an unforgettable experience.

This charming village will host its second festival for storytellers, singers, lecturers and musicians from Ireland and abroad headed by its own international seanachai Batt Burns, capturing a little of the magic of the area’s centuries old traditions.

There will be performances for adults and children, story swaps, guided walks and bus tours to places of historic interest.

If you are thinking of visiting Kenmare during the festival, or maybe staying in Kenmare please look at the following Accommodation & Dining options we have available.

Brook Lane Hotel has a range of 4* luxury accommodation options please contact reception on 064 6642077 or visit the website: www.brooklanehotel.com

Dinner reservations in No 35 Restaurant Call 064 664 1559 or visit our website http://no35kenmare.com, Check out our Eat & Sleep packages available.

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Bohemian Pilsner – Craft Beer From Cork To Kenmare

Bohemian Pilsners – Craft Beer From Cork To Kenmare

We’re a neighbourly bunch here at No. 35 Restaurant so Kerry tradition might determine us not to travel into Cork but when we got wind of a new craft beer from Eight Degrees Brweing Company we knew it was time to venture from Kenmare into “the Rebel County”.

Eight degrees brewing company produces a range of Irish craft beers among them is the classic yet modern Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner. Located in the beautiful Ballyhoura region of Ireland, Eight Degrees Brewing Company’s mission is to make modern interpretations of traditional Irish ale and lager styles providing distinctive malt and hop characteristics. The results are a range of full flavoured, tasty ales made from natural ingredients. Their beers have received rave reviews in the New York TimesIrish Times, Irish Examiner, Sunday Times, The Corkman, Food and Wine and Dubliner Magazines.

Bohemian Pilsners - Craft Beer From Cork To Kenmare

Bohemian Pilsners – Craft Beer From Cork To Kenmare

Bohemian Pilsner is an unorthodox lager with complex biscuity malt, soft rounded bitterness and a twist of spice from the noble Saaz and Hallertau hops. This crisp and adventurous drop is perfect for a chilled out summer session…bliss.

Originally a 2012 summer seasonal beer, it has been added to the core range due to its immense popularity – some would also argue that we are still waiting for our 2012 summer.
Visit us and enjoy Bohemian pilsner with our freshly prepared meals.

For reservations in No 35 Restaurant Kenmare please call 064 664 1559 or visit the website http://no35kenmare.com

If you are also interested in accommodation please contact the 4* Brook Lane Hotel for some luxury accommodation on 064 6642077 or visit the website on http://www.brooklanehotel.com/

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