Monday, July 1, 2024

Farmgate Finds a New Home, and a Big Welcome, in Lismore

Farmgate Finds a New Home in Lismore


Lismore has warmly welcomed Farmgate, a beloved restaurant forced to relocate from flood-stricken Midleton where they had been operating since that restaurant business was founded by Marog O'Brien in 1983. Bringing their renowned food and friendly service to West Waterford, Farmgate offers a

delightful dining experience.

Warm Welcome & Inviting Atmosphere

Step inside Farmgate's charming Main Street location and be greeted by the effervescent Sally O'Brien (Marog's daughter). Settle into a cosy table in the back room, or grab a stool in the bustling counter area (these seats are walk-ins only) for a more casual bite, or soak up the sunshine on the delightful garden patio (weather permitting). If you have a group, say a family celebration, then plan ahead and book the private alcove (for up to ten diners)

Delicious Dishes Made with Local Love

Start your culinary journey with a classic dish of Deep Fried Calamari with tomato chilli sauce and basil pesto - try this, we did and it was top-notch.  Perhaps you'll opt for the Chicken Liver Paté with tangy Cumberland sauce, the refreshing Warm Chicken Ginger Salad, or the Ardsallagh Goat's Cheese Salad. Another tempting option is their signature chowder, brimming with cod, salmon, and smoked haddock. 

For mains, there is the dilemma is picking one from the delightful list. Indulge in the vibrant Garden Pea and Mint Risotto, savour the rich flavours of the Traditional Duck Leg Confit, or celebrate local produce with the Roast Loin of McGrath's Beef, served with all the trimmings. Pan-seared free-range chicken is always a crowd-pleaser, and there are usually two fresh fish dishes on offer. Don't forget to explore the tempting selection of side dishes to complete your plate.

Drinks & Desserts to Match

Quench your thirst with a selection of bubbles, still wines, beers, and spirits. Fancy a sweet finale? The Apple Crumble (worth the wait!) and the Lemon Posset are divine choices (if you can resist the local strawberries and cream). Cheese lovers can rejoice in the Irish cheeseboard, featuring the creamy Triple Rose from Armagh and the robust Hegarty's from Cork.

Farmgate champions local producers. Their suppliers include McGrath's Butchers (Lismore) for premium cuts, Vinilo (Lismore) and Harringtons Youghal for crusty breads, Atlantis Wexford for the freshest fish, Country Store Dungarvan for seasonal vegetables, and more.


A Culinary Gem with Artistic Flair

The focus on fresh, local ingredients shines through in every dish. Take the Slow Cooked Braised Lamb Shank – the meat falls off the bone, bathed in a fragrant rosemary lamb jus, accompanied by creamy spring onion champ and a vibrant carrot and swede purée. It's a testament to the quality ingredients simply prepared. 

 Equally impressive is the Baked Hake, boasting a succulent fillet bathed in a rich red pepper sauce, served with perfectly cooked new potatoes and the same delightful carrot and swede purée. The presentation is simple yet elegant, allowing the fresh flavours to take centre stage. We enjoyed both and can heartily recommend them.

Art enthusiasts will be pleased to find that Michael Quane's sculptures, a beloved feature of the Midleton Farmgate, have also found a new home in Lismore. Admire a few pieces within the restaurant and explore the garden oasis, dotted with several more sculptures.


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Tips & Getting There

Friendly tip: Cash or card? While Farmgate accepts cards, adding a gratuity isn't currently possible electronically. Bring some cash to show your appreciation for the excellent service.

The restaurant is a leisurely 9-minute walk from the town car park. Street parking might be available closer but be mindful of the double yellow lines on the narrow stretch directly outside the restaurant.

Plan Your Visit

Combine your Farmgate experience with a scenic detour! Take the breathtaking Vee Drive through the Knockmealdown Mountains or explore the historic Lismore Castle grounds and gardens. If visiting the castle, park at the town car park for a short and pleasant 150-meter walk to the entrance. The walk between the car park and the restaurant is 9 minutes.

Farmgate in Lismore is a delightful addition to the West Waterford dining scene. With its focus on fresh, local produce, warm service, and charming atmosphere, it's a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and memorable dining experience.

Lismore Castle

Bay Lough in the Vee.

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