Artisan Options #1 – Janet’s Country Fayre

While we enjoy eating out, we equally love cooking at home. At the minute Ireland is in a fantastic position where there are a wide variety of Artisan producers across the country. We’re going to introduce some of our favourite options that are out there, starting with Janet’s Country Fayre.


One of Ireland’s leading artisan producers of premium chutneys and relishes, Janet and her team produce a unique range of traditional & contemporary style products in a modern purpose built production kitchen in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow (just south of Dublin in the foothills of the Sugarloaf Mountain).

They cook their products in the traditional method of slow reduction over several hours to give the perfect flavour and finish of texture. All of the products they make are gluten-free and produced without any artificial additive, bulking agents or any setting agents.
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Their brand is distinctive, with a mixture of square jars under the Janet’s Country Fayre label and another selection of items under Janet’s Just Delicious range. All of their fantastic products are available in both large retailers and smaller stores throughout the country.

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I would highly recommend you pick up some of their selection. They’re widely available in Galway including in Joyce’s Supermarkets, McCambridge’s, Brigit’s Garden, Morton’s in Salthill & a selection of Supervalu stores. #GalwayGrub

The Pie Maker

By far one of my favourite places to go for a Friday treat meal is The Pie Maker.

Situated on Cross Street, a very small venue – tiny in fact, making it one of the most unique venues you will ever come across. Its décor is something out of a mixed up, unforgettable dream complete with hundreds of rulers on the walls, charming knick knacks, odds, ends, and solid wooden tables. My descriptions don’t do it justice and you would be forgiven for falling in love with the place before even looking at the menu.

With a wide variety of pies to choose from, I decided to go with the Roast Beef Pie with mash, mushy peas and a generous amount of gravy. The pie itself was stuffed with delicious meat and had a crispy crust of an outer coating. Creamy mash, mushy peas and the gravy all came together in a delightful array of tastes left me feeling utterly satisfied with my meal. This was all washed down with a cool, refreshing ginger beer.


They have recently just opened a second venue just a few doors down from here. It’s got the same feel as the original with a bit more seating meaning more people can now enjoy what they have to offer!
(We stole this photo from their Facebook page, thanks guys!)

I would highly recommend this place, it all just works. #GalwayGrub