The Just Ask restaurant of the month for September goes to The Pantry & Corkscrew, Westport, Co. Mayo
Head Chef Dermott Flynn and his wife Janice O’Rourke who manages Front of House opened their small restaurant in Westport in 2010 and brought a rustic casual dining experience to the town which they have been developing over the years.
They speak about their “pride in using as much Local, Organic and Free Range produce as possible from the Land, Earth & Sea. As followers and members of the Slow Food movement, we build our seasonal menus from what is available in the area. As a small Restaurant we get regular quantities of small deliveries from our suppliers which ensures that all of our dishes are produced from the freshest of local ingredients and we are certainly blessed with those here in the West”.
“Our Beef is locally sourced from Mc Cormack's of Westport & Kelly's of Newport. Our Certified Organic Beef & Free Range Organic Pork is sourced from Andarl Farm in Galway. We only use Irish Free Range Chicken and Eggs in our dishes. Our fish is always fresh from local west of Ireland waters or the north east Atlantic with Starcrest being one of our main suppliers. All shellfish is from Killary Shellfish, with most of our vegetables and salads being organic and locally sourced from Joe Kelly in Kiltimagh & Lavin's in Castlebar”.
“We use Velvet Cloud Sheep's Yoghurt in many of our dishes and Gabriel from Aran Islands Goats' Cheese provides us with wonderful produce. We are also quite fond of our local Beer producers Mescan Brewery which cooks as well as drinks beautifully”.
The Pantry &Corkscrew menus can be viewed here.