One of the best shops in Ireland

Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland 2016We were shortlisted among the 100 best shops and cafés in Ireland!

This has to be quantified a bit more as there are different categories, for example "Best Food and Drink Shop". Eleven shops were shortlisted in that category, and among them was the Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre!

So we are among the 11 Best Food and Drink Shops - not bad at all, is it?

The Irish Times ran a campaign enlisting the help of their readers to discover the most interesting shops, salons and cafés across the country.

Now in its fifth year, the Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland awards, backed by AIB, seek to reward independent shop owners who are getting it right according to their customers.

A baffling 30,000 entries from the public were flooding into the newspaper, and the seven judges had their hands full selecting the best ones.

We want to congratulate this year's winner, Caviston's Food Emporium in Sandycove, Co. Dublin. With a winner like Caviston, we are very proud to be among the best not only in the west!

Irish Times Best Shops in Ireland 2016What is the secret of our success?

Our visitor centre offers a mix of education, art and food. The educational side is provided by a short video in different languages which shows the smoking process. The visitors can also have a close look at the small kiln and smokebox we used when setting up the Burren Smokehouse. They can run their hands through the saw dust and admire the biggest wild salmon ever caught for us.

Of course we have the best of Irish foods on sale including our Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon, Smoked Mackerel and Smoked Rainbow Trout. We are passionate about our gourmet and organic foods: they originate from the Burren, the Wild Atlantic Way and nationwide.

We have lovely hampers available which cover a lot of preferences - an Irish cheese hamper, two whiskey hampers, and another popular choice, the Wild Atlanic Hamper with foods sourced from places along the new coastal route.

And yes, there is art as well. There is always room for art. Vincent Browne created beautiful mosaics inside and outside the visitor centre, and Cyril Ó Ceirín painted a depiction of how salmon was caught and smoked in ancient Ireland.

Our approach is customer-orientated. We are very happy to answer all questions, from how to smoke fish in a tin, tourist attractions in the area, how to get from here to there, and down to the score of the latest hurling match.

Another facette of our customer service is that our visitors can order our products right there in the shop and have them conveniently shipped directly to the recipients. We also offer tax-free shopping for visitors from outside the EU.

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