I was asked to recommend some organic places to stay and eat in Ireland. I was caught off guard to be honest. So I set about developing a list.
There is only one certified organic restaurant in Ireland that I know of – The Strawberry Tree at Macreddin Village.
My list, therefore, is based on the premise that the cafe/restaurant is growing, or sourcing, produce that has been grown organically without the use of chemicals. Some have told me that it is not possible to source completely organic, but that they do their utmost to, and if it is not organic, it is at least local.
Some interesting observations – when I asked people for recommendations, folks immediately gave me names of vegan and/or vegetarian places. Damn it, even Google, throws up vegan/vegetarian as their search results!! Here’s the thing… being vegan or vegetarian does not make a place organic.
On building the map, the other thing that struck me is the concentration of places across the middle of the country. Interesting isn’t it?
I am sure there are places I’ve missed. I’m also hopeful that the list will evolve. If you know of a place that should be included, please drop me an email.
I will also preface this by saying that I have not visited all, just some of these places.