Our Food Story

From tiny acorns, great oaks grow

When we originally opened our café in 2007, the best skill we brought to the table was a great understanding of fine, seasonal ingredients. We were, after all, farmers for generations and market gardeners for scores of years. So comfortable in the art of food production, so demanding of the highest standards of ingredients, using the simplest and most natural of means.

We started small with just 24 seats aiming only to feed our customers who had made a purpose trip to the garden centre. Every day we roasted 2 chickens, and made salads and sandwiches highlighting the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers that we had learned to grow from our father and grandfather.

Over the years there have been many extensions and changes and our wonderful customers have journeyed them with us, with patience and good humour. They ceased to ask "when will the place be finished?" years ago and now we hear them explain to their friends, "they are always building here".

Today we are home to two dining options in Ballygarvan, our in-house artisan bakery & our latest addition, The Glasshouse Restaurant. 

To book your table at The Glasshouse Restaurant,


For more information about our Bakery,