Keogh’s Model Bakery, Callan
One of the oldest bakeries in the country based on the same premises and in the same family, Keogh’s Model Bakery has been here in Callan since 1838. William and Claire; fourth generation Keogh’s still bake in old fashioned stone ovens and deliver their breads and cakes made from tried and tested recipes to their own shops and locally. Keogh’s produce everything from sliced pan, spelt and low GI breads to wedding cakes and novelty cakes. Try their speciality rustic bread; the crusty handmade turnover, baked in a traditional brick build oven.
Where: Bridge Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Open: Mon – Sat, 7.00am – 5.00pm
Phone: 056 772 5254
Experience: Keep an eye out for William’s special Bakery Tours
GPS: N +52° 32.761’ W -7° 23.378’
A Slice of Heaven, Kilkenny
At A Slice of Heaven, Mary McEvoy bakes daily, making pastries, cupcakes and celebration cakes of the highest quality at her bakery in Piltown to deliver to her patisserie in the city. Local free range eggs and Irish butter are used in all baking. Awarded Best New Producer for 2010 by The Bridgestone Guide, Mary has fast become renowned for her fabulous cakes and now shares her expertise at regular cake decorating workshops and demos for all ages.
Where: 62 High Street, Kilkenny
Open: Mon – Sat, 9.30am – 6.00pm
Phone: 051 644 868 (bakery)
Mobile: 087 953 3870
Experience: Mary’s Saturday morning workshops – booking essential.
GPS: N +52° 65.316’ W -7°25.363’
Glasraí & Goodies, Gowran
If there was ever an Aladdin’s cave of local produce; then Glasraí & Goodies is it! Beside the square in this picturesque village, you’ll find everything from handmade chocolates to chutneys, trout to cold meats, fresh local eggs, fruit and vegetables. Siobhan bakes her delicious tarts, quiches and scones and makes great fresh salads daily. Call her or drop by and she will prepare picnic of local tasty treats, Knockdrinna Goats Cheese and Red Onion Tart, Smoked Trout and Leek Quiche, Lavistown and Pesto Sandwiches on your choice of speciality breads, freshly brewed Illy coffee, local juices and cordials.
Where: Main Street, Gowran
Open: Mon – Sat, 9.00am – 6.00pm
Phone: 056 773 3799
Experience: Enjoy a picnic across the road at the ruins of the 13th century St. Mary’s Abbey.
The Truffle Fairy, Thomastown
Mary Teehan, alias The Truffle Fairy, has been making handcrafted chocolates and truffles since 2005. Mary, winner of multi Great Taste Awards, creates high quality chocolates at her kitchen shop using only the best couverture, ethically sourced ingredients, fresh spices, quality liquors and natural flavours. Try their chocolate bars, chocolate bark, cakes and brownies; new creations added to their extensive range of fresh truffles and chocolate fudge. Chocolate lovers should visit The Truffle Fairy Chocolate Shop and Hot Chocolate Café where everything is made by hand and the aroma alone will stimulates all your senses.
Where: Chapel Lane, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Open: Mon – Sat, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Phone: 056 779 3375
Mobile: 087 286 26 34
Experience: See them also at Kilkenny Farmers Market on Thursdays and watch out for Truffle Fairy Chocolate Workshops.
GPS: N +52° 31.598’ W -7° 08.298’