There is a town called Lisdoonvarna, a town in the north of County Clare on Ireland's west coast, that is almost entirely known for the famous matchmaking festival and for featuring the only spa wells in Ireland.
This is our town. But there is so much more to Lisdoonvarna than just that. It is becoming a destination for foodies! Find it hard to believe?
And within a few metres of each other, there are strictly speaking not just three or four, but five food & drink businesses. YesChef magazine is featuring all of the below mentioned enterprises in their latest issue, in a colourful display of photographs (see gallery below).
The first one to take roots in 1865 was the Roadside Tavern. The Roadside was used as a pub, a very busy bakery and a butter market.
Then the other uses fell away, and the building just housed a pub until in 2011, a craft brewery (the Burren Brewery) was set up under its roof.
A few years ago, Kieran O'Halloran established Kieran's Kitchen in the pub, covering the culinary side of the business. He turned the food offering around and has made it a booming success.
Then there is of course the Burren Smokehouse, founded in 1989. And the latest edition to the food quintet is the big and versatile Burren Storehouse right next to the Roadside Tavern. Its airy, cool feel makes it a very popular venue for lunches and dinners, live music performances, weddings and festivals.