Selfridges brings the Taste of the Emerald Isle to London

This month head to Selfridges Foodhall in London and find yourself immersed in a Taste of the Emerald Isles. Yes – Ireland: warm-spirited, spontaneous, hospitable and a place for great food

Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith with her goats at St Tola


The Irish know and appreciate their food. And so does Selfridges. Combine this with the expertise of Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) and you have an irresistible opportunity for food lovers to savour the flavours of Ireland.

The eight week campaign, launching this August, will see the launch of over 50 new Irish brands from household names to the finest artisan producers, who will be sharing their skills, knowledge and, above all, their love of good food. Visitors will be able to enjoy superb Irish food and drink, some of which is available for the first time in this country and exclusive to Selfridges.

Selfridges Foodhall will offer the chance to meet dedicated producers from the length and breadth of Ireland, including: cheese and butter makers; bakers; and meat curers; to name just a few. Customers are also able to sample brands such as McCambridge Irish Wholewheat Bread, Lismore Biscuits, Cooleeney cheese, St.Tola Goats cheese, Burren Smokehouse Salmon, and many, many more.

Bruce Langlands, Selfridges Food and Restaurants Director comments, “We think it is important to bring to life the exceptional entrepreneurial talent from overseas to our foodhalls, our customers are adventurers in food and what better way to experience another country’s fare than in our very own food emporium. We hope our customers enjoy the vast variety of Irish food over the next eight weeks

Michelle Butler, General Manager, Bord Bia Britain, said: “This celebration will shine a light on Ireland’s leading artisan producers and give visitors the chance to experience first-hand the passion, pride and quality of food from the Emerald Isle. From fresh, rich, plump oysters to gins that embrace the seasons and everything in between – it’s truly a foodies paradise.”

To bring all the products to life, Selfridges will host a number of tasting evenings throughout August and September in its London Foodhall, where customers can peruse the best Ireland has to offer.

In addition, Selfridges will host two dinners curated in partnership with Bord Bia, as well as a Gin and Oyster evening. First up will be a dinner will showcasing a selection of Young Irish Talent. This will be followed by the Gin and Oyster evening, hosted by oyster connoisseur and chef, Simon Lamont. The oysters will be paired with Glendalough Distillery’s seasonal gins. The series of events will culminate with a dinner hosted by Rory O’Connell, one of Ireland’s most experienced cookery teachers and JR Ryall, who is famous at Ballymaloe for his dessert trolley.

Ireland’s best culinary talent dinner, hosted by Clodagh McKenna

Date: 10th September, 6.30-9.00pm
Where: The Corner Restaurant & Champagne Bar on 2
Cost: £60 p/p

Join them for an evening of delicious Irish dishes, prepared by five of Ireland’s best culinary talents; Louise Bannon, Killian Crowley, Grainne O’Keefe, Mike Thompson and Aoife Noonan. The evening will be hosted by Irish chef Clodagh McKenna, and each chef will be preparing one of the four courses, petit fours or canapés.

Expect extraordinary flavours and a glass of Champagne on arrival.

Carlingford Oyster and Glendalough Gin tasting evening, hosted by Simon Lamont

Date: 11th September, 6.30-9.00pm
Where: Harry Gordon’s Bar & Kitchen on LG
Cost: £30 p/p, of which £10 is redeemable in the Wine Shop on the evening

Come and enjoy a three-course Irish oyster tasting menu, with each course paired with a delicious Irish gin. The evening will be hosted by Simon Lamont, a renowned London-based Irish chef.

Ballymaloe Cookery School dinner, hosted by Rory O’Connell and JR Ryall

Date: 17th September, 6.30-9.00pm
Where: The Corner Restaurant & Champagne Bar on 2
Cost: £60 p/p

Join Rory O’Connell, one of Ireland’s most experienced cookery teachers and co-founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, and JR Ryall, one of Ballymaloe’s dessert chefs, for an evening of great Irish tastes and extraordinary culinary experiences.

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You can read about the Editor’s visit to see the St Tola Goat’s Cheese Farm and the Burren Smokehouse here…