1826 Adare has been awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2017. Wade Murphy, head chef, Garrett Landers, Garrett Butchers, Elaine Murphy, proprietor. Photo: Liam Burke, Press 22.
1826 Adare has been awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2017, beating off tough competition from many top establishments across the country. In its eighth year of running, the Just Ask campaign has been massively embraced by the restaurant trade. It encourages diners to ask for information on where their food comes from and also celebrates chefs and proprietors who highlight their local suppliers on their menus and in their bars, restaurants and cafes. These cafes and restaurants are selected by food writer Georgina Campbell and Bord Bia.
1826 Adare is a beautiful cottage restaurant hidden away in Co. Limerick’s Adare village. Run by husband and wife Wade and Elaine Murphy, it has plenty of fresh, seasonal, local produce to offer to its customers, forming the foundation of chef Wade’s food philosophy. Their menus are changed each month, and their blackboard specials such as whole sole, braised beef and slow-cooked pork belly are changed daily, which in turn provides something different each day for their regular customers.
Talking of the growth in the Irish Foodservice Industry, Maureen Gahan of Bord Bia said: “It’s encouraging to see that the sector is continuing to grow at an even faster rate than forecasted this time last year. Transparency is now one of the most important characteristics for diners when eating out. We’re delighted to see that consumers are increasingly proactive about selecting local restaurants and seeking information about where the produce on the menu originates from.”
Commenting on the restaurant’s sourcing policy, Wade Murphy said: “As a Euro-Toques chef, provenance and sourcing are hugely important to what we do. We include a statement on our menu confirming that all our beef, lamb, pork and chicken is born, reared and slaughtered in Ireland. Our valued suppliers are detailed on our menus and many of them are name-checked on dishes too.
“We are delighted to be acknowledged for our work with local suppliers, as it’s such a vital part of delivering a first class dining experience for our guests.”
Wade Murphy and his wife Elaine opened their restaurant in Adare in 2013 and strive to maintain the old world charm and character of the cottage, whilst offering modern Irish cooking, matched with friendly and attentive service. Wade has worked in some of the top kitchens in London, Chicago, Egypt, and of course Ireland, and has been awarded best chef in Limerick along with the best restaurant. Elaine has a vast amount of experience in the hospitality industry from Germany, USA and Australia.
The experience at 1826 Adare is a lovely combination of the traditional and the stylishly modern, where guests can enjoy watching the busy chefs at work in the open-plan kitchen. It is open Wednesday through to Friday at 5.30pm, Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 3 pm.
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