Carlow Food Trail

Carlow may be a small country but when it comes to the quality and range of food both grown and produced there, it packs a powerful punch. With its undulating countryside and rich tapestry of family farms you can just sense it’s the perfect place to produce food. And you’d be right. Whether it’s free range produce fresh from the farm, artisan cheese, local apples or home bakery, Carlow has it all.

Now the Carlow Food Trail catalogue brings this great food story together. Not alone has it information on artisan and organic producers, it also details large food manufacturers in the county whose products are available countrywide. It lists the farmers’ markets and farm shops and supermarkets where you can buy delicious award winning cheeses, wholesome free range and organic meat and poultry along with locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables.

And not forgetting the booming drinks sector with two Carlow brands – Walsh Whiskey and the Carlow Brewing Company – now exporting around the world. The Carlow Food Trail catalogue also highlights the many restaurants that have built their reputations on using the best ingredients. Restaurants of all types who make it their business to feature fresh, seasonal and local food on their menus.

So go sample the delights awaiting you on the Carlow Food Trail – you’ll be so happy you did.

Mairead Lavery – Editor, Irish Country Living

Browse Carlow Food Trail

Carlow Brewing Company

The Carlow Brewing Company, established by the O’Hara family in 1996, is considered a pioneer in the Irish craft brewing movement aiming to revive a local […]

Carlow Farmers’ Market

Carlow Farmers’ Market, founded in 2004, is one of the largest farmers’ markets in the South East and prides itself as one of the few authentic […]

Clashganny House Restaurant

The magnificent Barrow Valley is the setting for the Clashganny House Restaurant. Only yards from the picturesque Clashganny Lock, the restaurant is housed in a handsome granite […]

Coolanowle Country House and Organic Farm

Coolanowle Country House and Organic Farm, In 2001, Jimmy Mulhall converted the family farm from conventional agriculture to an organic system which concentrates on sustainable methods […]

Lennon’s at Visual

VISUAL is one of Ireland’s largest and most spectacular venues for contemporary art. Downstairs from the entrance lobby, the award winning Lennon’s Restaurant echoes the sleek […]

Malone’s Fruit Farm and Farm Shop

Malone Fruit Farm and Farm Shop is a family run business located just outside Ballon Village. The Malone family have been growing fruit since 1988 and […]

Rachel’s Garden Café

The award-winning Rachel’s Garden Café at Arboretum is a self- and assisted-service restaurant which champions Irish and preferably locally sourced produce; a particular favourite is the […]

Royal Oak Distillery

Visitors to The Royal Oak Distillery can relax in a sylvan setting while learning about Irish whiskey distilling by interacting directly with our team of local […]

Sha-Roe Bistro

Sha-Roe Bistro is situated between Huntington Castle and Osborne’s Pub in the centre of Clonegal, winner of Ireland’s Tidiest Village in 2014 and 2015. The restaurant, […]

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, based just outside Tullow, is a working chocolate and ice cream factory producing a range of luxury artisan chocolates, a varied […]

The Lord Bagenal Inn

The Lord Bagenal Inn’s was established in 1979, the hotel is situated in Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, on the banks of the river Barrow. Offering 39 spacious, […]

The Step House Hotel

Based in the historic surroundings of the former dower house for Borris House, The Step House Hotel combines the charm of its Georgian origins with the […]