Now that we can once more make plans and plot adventures make sure you make the Boyne Valley part of your plans this Summer & Autumn. The Boyne Valley region is situated in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, only 20 minutes outside Dublin city and an hour from Belfast.
You probably hear the word Boyne Valley and immediately think of Newgrange/Brú Na Bóinne, The Hill of Tara, The Hill of Slane & Trim Castle lots more world famous historical sites which are dotted across the Boyne Valley but did you know that the Boyne Valley is home to a thriving food scene? We not only have internationally recognised historical sites but we also have world class food & drink producers, restaurants, hotels, cafes & food experiences. In 2019 the Boyne Valley won the Most Innovative Food or Beverage Marketing Campaign for a Destination award at the World Food Travel Association’s Food Trekking Awards and in that same year was also recognised as one of The World’s Best Food Destinations by National Geographic Traveller Food. So what are you waiting for? Jump into your car and discover all the amazing producers, distilleries, eateries, hotels, experiences & more the Boyne Valley has to offer!
Boyne Valley Food Experiences
There are so many awesome food experiences to immerse yourself in across the Boyne Valley giving you a chance to learn new skills, enjoy unforgettable unique adventures and to truly experience the passion for food that you will find throughout this beautiful region in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. We hope you will find an experience that tickles your taste buds in the Boyne Valley and that you enjoy many gastronomique adventures with us.
The following list of Boyne Valley Flavour’s Food Experiences feature experiences that are open or reopening shortly, as further Covid-19 restrictions lift more will reopen so please keep an eye on our social media. We have included links to Facebook pages which will have the most up to date information on the experience.
An Grianán Cookery School
An Grianán, ‘the sunny place’, is an unique experience in Co. Louth. They host regular events in their Cookery School including; fish
class, vegan, gluten free, family suppers, children’s baking, bread
making and more with special events in December for Christmas.
Vary per course 3-4 hours
(041) 9822119 an-grianan.ie
Bee Wise Nature Trail
A family fun day around a five acre woodland nature trail.
Learn about the flowers & plants that the bees work to produce
their delicious honey. See and learn the process of making the honey and
taste the different types of honey they produce here at Bee Wise.
Reopening on the 18th July.
086 3446791 beewise.ie
East Coast Cookery School
Run by Cordon Blue-trained chef, Tara Walker, this purpose built, home-based East Coast offers cookery classes for children and adults in a relaxed & fun atmosphere. Tara is currently offering cookery classes via Zoom which have proved very popular.
087 9893871 eastcoastcookeryschool.ie
Causey Farm Ice Cream Adventure
A safe and fun day out for you and your family at Causey Farm.
The clever people at Causey Farm have started with a trail and as you follow along you’ll find games to play, puzzles to solve, bubbles to blow (giant ones!) and acres and acres of green countryside freedom. Causey Farm is just that – a working farm which is home to cattle, sheep, ponies, pigs (they have some very cute piglets right now), hens, geese, a retired turkey and his wife and a noisy gaggle of giggling geese and of course lots of delicious ice cream!
Opens 1st July- 30th August
(046) 9434135 https://www.causey.ie/causey-ice-cream-adventure/
Killua Castle Ground & Deer Park
A historic castle in the most romantic demesne in Ireland,
with links to Sir Walter Raleigh and Lawrence of Arabia. Walk
the grounds which is home to the Killua Castle Venison and
see the house which dates back to the mid-1780s.
Open from 4th July 11am - 4pm Saturdays only
087 9436727 killuacastle.com
Rachel Graham Nutrition
Enjoy one of Rachel’s many medicinal cooking workshops where
you will learn and understand how to make better food choices.
Her workshops are for specific health conditions i.e. gut health, and
include fermentation, sourdough making, vegan cooking and are currently available in virtual formats.
087 2197968 rachegraham.ie
Sheridan’s Cheesemongers Market & Coffee Shop
Every Saturday Sheridan’s Cheesemongers hosts a Market in their Co. Meath shop hosts for
local food producers. Call in and be guided through the very best
of Irish food by shop manager Franck and his team. You can also sit
down and enjoy a coffee/tea.
10am - 2pm every Saturday
(046) 9245110 sheridanscheesemongers.com
Slane Food Circle Tour – Ireland’s Ancient East Tour
You’ll meet four producers, visit their working farms and get
a unique glimpse into how they rear, grow or make their own
produce, making surprising use of ancient techniques! Includes
tastings of the produce and a Slane Food Circle platter at the end.
Contact Slane Food Circle for more information on available dates.
(041) 988 4861 slanefoodcircle.ie
The Cottage Market, Drogheda
Join The Cottage Market on the first Saturday of every month on their new virtual market via their instagram. There is something for
all the family with an eclectic mix of stalls that showcase local
produce and products from the Boyne Valley.
Rock Farm Farmer’s Market
On each Thursday 10-2 in the scenic surrounds of Rock Farm, Slane. Stock up on lots of delicious local produce including organic meat from Rock Farm, Cider from The Cider Mill, Boyne Valley Cheese & lots more. Enjoy a hotdog or freshly rolled ice cream from Silly Sids in the outdoor picnic area followed by a lovely loop walk around Rock Farm where you can meet their Tamworth Pigs.
Unglu-d Gluten Free Cooking Classes
Join the team at Unglu-d and learn the basics and the not so basics of
gluten-free cooking. Owner Aileen is a coeliac so understands the
challenges of adapting to a gluten-free diet. Aileen will be joined by
well known cooks, chefs, and GF experts for each class.
087 150 3324 unglu-d.ie
Farm Tours Ireland- Boyne Valley Food Tour
Join the team at Farm Tours Ireland as they showcase the excellence of food production and farming within the Boyne Valley region. On their group tours, you will get to meet the producers, hear the story of their product and production, tour the premises, and of course, sample the goods! You will visit three food producers, enjoy a Boyne Valley lunch menu under the guidance of one of our expert guides. You will leave with an appreciation of why these food producers, their products and their flavours are intrinsically linked to the Boyne Valley, along with an understanding of the history of the region.
Farm Tours Ireland have virtual tours on their Facebook & if you are interested in booking a tour please contact them +353 87 2227869 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Girley Bog Walk
Kells Girley Bog Eco Walk is a scenic 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km waymarked National Loop. Although not strictly a Food Experience it is a must do while visiting the Boyne Valley and you could easily incorporate a picnic full of delicious Boyne Valley goodies. Girley Bog is a site of considerable conservation significance, as it comprises of a raised bog, a rare habitat in the E.U. and one that is becoming increasingly scarce and under threat in Ireland. There is a wonderful variety of birdlife, plant and animal life and this is displayed through a number of interpretive panels along the walk. Listen out for the birdsong as you walk. The loop finishes with a walk along further country lanes before tracing your steps back to the carpark.
If you are feeling active there are also lots of fantastic walks and hikes across the Boyne Valley where you will work up a serious appetite!
Find all the walks & maps here
There are also many more fantastic things to experience and enjoy throughout the Boyne Valley that you can enjoy along with all the foodie fun. To see what's on offer visit Discover Boyne Valley http://www.discoverboynevalley.ie/plan-your-visit/things-to-do?field_to_do_type_tid=97
Dine out & stay in the Boyne Valley
As we move into the next phase of reopening Ireland we are very excited here in Boyne Valley Flavours to see our Restaurants, Cafes and Accommodation Providers members reopen their doors to guests once more.
This has been a surreal time for all of us and extremely difficult time for many businesses including the hospitality industry. In order to once more welcome customers through their doors hospitality businesses have to adhere to a complex set of guidelines so we would urge you to get out and support your local eateries when they reopen and enjoy a delicious meal cooked by a professional with no washing up for you to do at all! The dates in this article are correct as of 2/7/20 however due to the unique nature of the current climate we would recommend checking directly with the venue before you arrive.
Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, County Meath
The Headfort Arms Hotel, a family run hotel situated in the heart of the beautiful heritage town of Kells, County Meath which has an array of great value packages & offers to tempt you to the beautiful Boyne Valley now that we can explore our country once more!
The hotel is home to the multi award winning Vanilla Pod Restaurant which has been offering a takeout service up until now but will officially reopen on the 29th June. Offering a delicious menu featuring lots of local produce you are guaranteed a memorable dining experience in the Vanilla Pod. They also boast a wood fired pizza oven in their beautiful gardens perfect for a relaxed dining experience. The Headfort has been recognised in the McKenna’s Guide in 2020 and in 2019 as 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland and has been rated in Tom Doorley’s Top 100 Places To Eat in Ireland as well as consistently featuring in the coveted Bridgestone & Georgina Campbell Guide to Ireland and once you visit you will understand why! Now open for dining & overnight accommodation with some super reopening offers.
Rock Farm, Slane County Meath
Rock Farm Slane Boutique Camping (Glamping) offers you Gold-Certified Ecotourism Luxury Camping on the River Boyne for fun-packed holidays or private events in one or all of their 5 yurts and 2 shepherds huts. Not reopen it is a great location from which to explore the Boyne Valley & don't miss their Farmer's Market on every Thursday!
Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, County Meath
At The Ardboyne hotel, they know exactly what their guests are expecting from restaurants in Ireland. They have put 30 years experience in catering to good use, conceptualising and creating the perfect, culture rich ambience and a gourmet menu.Combining the cosy feeling of traditional dining in Ireland with a tasty modern twist. Their dedicated team of chefs are always creating delicious dishes for their restaurant- Hugos and their less formal The Kells Bar.
They are reopening on the 29th June for dining and overnight accomodation and are looking forward to welcoming back their loyal customers once more.
Castle Arch Hotel, Trim, County Meath
Part of the reason for visiting The Castle Arch Hotel is experiencing the traditional cuisine in this special and unique holiday destination where guests can sample their age-old recipes. They have several dining options available to guests with the Arch Lounge a more informal option for casual dining with the family, or for those cosy lunches. For something a little different, try the recently refurbished Conservatory. This bright, spacious room is the perfect place to enjoy a flavourful menu of contemporary dishes, serving both table d'hote and a la carte menus, the Conservatory offers a wide range of choices, all prepared using the very freshest of local produce.
The Castle Arch Hotel is reopening on the 29th June for both dining and overnight accommodation.
Newgrange Hotel, Trim, County Meath
Dining in Navan at the Newgrange Hotel is simple and sublime, with a host of fantastic venues to choose from and a wide range of tantalising items that will satisfy your appetite. The Bridge Restaurant boasts charming ambiance in luxurious surroundings. The alluring menu offers Irish cuisine alongside popular international dishes, with an extensive wine list to impress.
The Bridge Cafe caters to those looking for relaxed dining, enjoy an informal and tranquil daily carvery lunch, a delectable meal off the à la carte menu, or a relaxing afternoon tea session, and take in the award-winning fare of some top chefs.
If you are after a livelier atmosphere then will feel right at home in Rowley’s Pub, a traditional, charming venue offering great ambience and bar food menu.
The Newgrange Hotel is reopening on the 29th June for both dining and overnight accomodation.
Tankardstown House, County Meath
Tankardstown House and Restaurant, is set amongst an 80 acre estate of woodland, parkland, courtyards and walled gardens, just 7kms from the village of Slane. The name of Tankardstown has become synonymous with good food, in both Brabazon Restaurant and The Garden Room.
Tankardstown House boasts a large luxurious outdoor seating area and their team of talented Chefs offer seasonal dishes created from local produce where possible. Both casual lunch and classic evening dining is served Wednesday through Sunday. The dining experience in Brabazon is a feast for the eyes and the palate!
Afternoon Tea is also available, served in Brabazon midweek and in the quaint Tea Garden at the weekend. A quaint lopsided cottage with odd tables and mismatched china, also set in the picturesque surrounds of Tankardstown’s Garden Village.
Tankardstown House is reopening on the 15th July for both dining and overnight accommodation.
The Glyde Inn, Annagassan, County Louth
The Glyde Inn is located in the scenic village of Annagassan on the shores of The Glyde River estuary looking across at beautiful mountain scenery. Featuring a large outdoor dining area and a delicious menu packed full of local seafood and produce. It was awarded National Pub of The Year and Irish Food Pub of the Year 2018 at the Irish Pub Awards in RDS.
The Glyde Inn is reopening on the 8th July.
Monasterboice Inn, County Louth
Located just outside the town of Drogheda, right in the centre of the ancient Boyne Valley Monasterboice Inn is steeped in history, being only 5 minutes away from Monasterboice monastic site, including the world famous Muiredocks Cross.
One of the many special features of the Monasterboice Inn is that they provide their own beef for the restaurant from their own herd of beef cattle so we would highly recommend their amazing steaks! They also feature lots of local produce across their menu and in 2018 the Monasterboice Inn was voted the “Best Customer Service in Louth 2018” by the Restaurant Association of Ireland, a well deserved accolade.
The Monasterboice Inn is reopening on the 2nd July.
The Spotted Dog, Dundalk, County Louth
Brothers Brendan (chef) and Vincent Mulligan (restaurant manager) bring local, fresh seasonal food & drinks to Dundalk. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner in a cosy modern style restaurant. Winner of Best Newcomer for Louth in 2019 RAI awards.
The Spotted Dog is reopening on the 30th June
Scholars Townhouse Hotel, Drogheda, County Louth
The Scholars Townhouse Hotel is very centrally located in the heart of Drogheda’s City Centre and features an award winning Restaurant, a Gastrolounge for most relaxed dining and Afternoon Tea.
They reopen on the 29th June
The Cross Guns Gastropub, Navan, County Meath
The Cross Guns Gastropub is located between the villages of Castletown and Nobber in County Meath and combines old world charm with a modern dynamic menu featuring the finest of local produce. Featuring a large outdoor dining area and a new menu full of local ingredients.
The Cross Guns Gastropub is reopeningon the 29th June
The Smugglers Rest, Clogherhead, County Louth
The Smugglers Rest brings the fresh taste of Port Oriel and the Boyne Valley to your plate while serving up the finest local beers and spirits as well as the old favourites.
They are reopening on the 9th July.
The Central, Navan, County Meath
The Central is an award winning, multi-purpose venue featuring 7 bars, a restaurant, heated beer gardens and a cafe – all conveniently located in the heart of Navan town centre.
They are reopening on the 23rd July
The Bective, Kells, County Meath
The Bective is a relaxed, atmospheric restaurant in the heritage town of Kells.The Bective specialises in Irish beef and fish, with over 90% of food sourced within County Meath.
The Bective is a restaurant spread over two floors, it has its own bar and outdoor veranda
The Bective reopens on the 23rd July
Dating back over 300 years, The Cottages Ireland are 6 exclusive, luxurious thatched holiday cottages superbly set in a hamlet-like setting on Ireland’s east coast.
These unique 5 star whitewashed seaside cottages are situated on the famous six mile sandy beach between the villages of Bettystown and Laytown, just 25 minutes from Dublin Airport, making them the perfect base from which to explore the hidden treasures of the Boyne Valley and Ireland’s Ancient East.
Set amongst picturesque organic gardens, part of the Boyne Valley Garden Trail, The Cottages are that wondrous thing, an undiscovered treasure, somewhere once experienced never to be forgotten. With uninterrupted sea or garden views take time to exhale in this oasis of calm and beauty, above all relax, revive, recharge. You will not be disappointed!
The Cottages are private and gated and can be enjoyed by families, couples, honeymooners - anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of modern day living and experience an idyllic haven of peace and relaxation.
Teltown Country House B&B
Situated in the heart of Co. Meath, Teltown Country House B&B is a 17th Century country house overlooking the River Blackwater. Teltown House is situated in the area of Teltown, which held the ancient Pre-olympic Tailteann Games and is approx. 25 minutes from all historical sites in the Ancient East Region.
Teltown House B&B is a charming bed & breakfast. You can take advantage of some of their amenities offered by Teltown B&B, including newspaper & baggage storage. In addition, guests can enjoy a free breakfast during their stay. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.
Using only the finest Irish ingredients such as organic spelt flour, Irish butter, Rapeseed Oil and Camelina Oil, free range eggs as well as pure vanilla extract and good quality chocolate, Bakealicious only provides honest bakes. You can find Bakealicious at Old Cornmarket, Navan, Co. Meath where they serve delicious teas and Ariosa Coffee along with our cakes and bakes.
Reopening on the 15th July
Earl’s Kitchen is a bustling little café in the centre of Navan. Owned and run by award winning chef, Sandra Earl, our mission has always been to serve fresh and delicious high quality food.
Whatever your event or occasion, Earl’s Kitchen can provide a delicious selection of gourmet food freshly prepared for you.
Currently operating a takeout service only.
Simply Honest Cafe
Owned by JM Food Services you will find delicious, fresh takeout food here. A modern contemporary delicatessen,using quality locally produced food. All of their food is sourced from farms and suppliers they trust and they also stock a large range of products from local Artisan Food Producers.
Pick up a delicious locally roasted coffee from the Ariosa Coffee Roasters Cafe on Lawrence Street in Drogheda.
Mac Namee’s Tea Room
Tea room where you can sit, relax and enjoy a selection of over 300 loose leaf teas, you can also take home your favourite tea which we blend packed here in store by us. They also serve excellent Italian coffee along with Gourmet hand made sandwiches, soup, pastries, salads and light snacks. In their store you can browse gift sets, hampers, tea pots, crockery, caddies etc.. along with coffee machines, grinders and a selection of coffee products for you to enjoy at home.
Currently open for takeaway.
Please remember these are the businesses that are currently open but there are many more fantastic experiences to discover in the Boyne Valley that will be reopening in the coming months so please keep an eye out on our social media and sign up to our monthly newsletter HERE
The Boyne Valley is home to a bountiful supply of passionate farmers, food and drinks producers, chefs and eateries whose passion is to bring the flavours of our landscape to your table. To understand, you must experience!
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