Eat Your Way East: Sweet Treats and Organic Cider

Route:

Wicklow to Kilkenny in 2 days


Features:

Wicklow Wolf Brewing, Harbour Bar, Firehouse Bakery, Roasted Brown, The Happy Pear, Highbank Organic Orchard, Mount Juliet Estate

Journey Overview:

Foodie and self-taught chef Kevin Powell and portrait photographer Ellius Grace recently set off together on an Ireland’s Ancient East adventure. The two-day itinerary saw them exploring the ‘Garden of Ireland’, lush County Wicklow, before moving into historic Kilkenny. Along the way, they sampled some of the finest food and drink produce on offer in the region.

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Day 1
Delicious fresh bread in the Firehouse Bakery

Day 1

  • 3 hrs
  • 38 mins
  • 28 km
  • 17 miles

Route:

Delgany, Greystones


Points Of Interest:

Wicklow Wolf Brewing, Harbour Bar, Firehouse Bakery, Roasted Brown, The Happy Pear

Engage With The Stories:

Wicklow Wolf Brewing

Wicklow Wolf Brewing

Friends and beer aficionados Quincey and Simon set up Wicklow Wolf Brewing in 2014, growing their own hops in the surrounding countryside. During a tour of the brewery, you’ll learn how the dedicated team brew their 13 delicious beers.


Journey Overview:

The first leg of the journey began at Wicklow Wolf Brewing in Bray. The team here brew an impressive 13 beers using their own hops, some of which Kevin and Ellius had the pleasure of sampling while on an enlightening tour.

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After a tour of the brewery, visitors should visit nearby Harbour Bar, once voted ‘best bar in the world’ by Lonely Planet. It sits opposite Bray Harbour and offers charming views out to sea. Next up was the Firehouse Bakery in the picturesque village of Delgany, where you can sample freshly-baked crusty sourdough and soda bread loaves. Delicious coffee is also on offer from organic coffee bean roastery, Roasted Brown and will wash down those tasty treats.
 

Next on the itinerary was the popular vegetarian food store, juice bar, café, restaurant and sprout farm, the Happy Pear, which is located nearby seaside town, Greystones. True advocates of a healthy lifestyle, the charismatic twin brothers (Stephen and David Flynn) who set up this health hub regularly pop into the store to greet customers.

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Day 2
Rod Calder-Potts of Highbank Organic Orchard

Day 2

  • 4 hrs
  • 21 mins
  • 15 km
  • 9 miles

Route:

Kilkenny


Points Of Interest:

Highbank Organic Orchard, Mount Juliet Estate

Engage With The Stories:

Highbank Organic Orchard

Highbank Organic Orchard

This pretty site has been in current owner Rod Calder-Potts’ family since the 19th century; he and his wife Julie are passionate about the history of the estate, and are always happy to chat to visitors about their beloved orchard.


Journey Overview:

First port of call on day two was the Highbank Organic Orchard, nestled in the Kilkenny countryside. Visitors can meet friendly owners, Rod and Julie Calder-Potts, whose cider is made using apples grown in their own orchard.

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The Orchard site has been in Rod’s family for five generations, meaning he keeps the key to Burnchurch Castle, the grounds of which make up Highbank.
 

Finally, this route guides explorers to nearby Mount Juliet, a family home until 1989 and now one of Ireland’s finest country houses as well as Co. Kilkenny’s most acclaimed country estate featuring stunning gardens. It’s set over 1,500 acres of lush, rolling fields and woodland; the perfect place to relax and unwind. Visitors can also drop in for their famous Afternoon Tea, which includes mouth-watering scones, sweet treats and sandwiches.
 

That’s just one leg of Kevin and Ellius’ eating excursion in Ireland’s Ancient East. Join them as they get to know the craftspeople and food producers of Wicklow, visit a sustainable trout farm and check out Wexford’s local brew.

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