If food can be considered an art, Drumanilra Farm Kitchen is on par with Michelangelo, DaVinci and Van Gogh. You have heard the saying "you are what you eat", so think all-natural, wholesome fine artisan foods.
Skimming the shores of Lough Key, near Boyle in County Roscommon, you will find a small but significant family owned organic farm which is making a positive impact on food philosophy and the values and ethics of organic farming.
The family run farm rears Irish native breeds outdoors, and their pedigree herd of Irish Dexters are an endangered native cattle breed, renowned for flavoursome and well-marbled beef. Owners Liam and Justina, also raise rare-breed Jacob sheep slowly on grass, while the pedigree sows produce small batches of outdoor Berkshire and Irish Grazer (Tamworth) pork. Rashers and hams are hand-cured, using a traditional organic dry cure, and the organic 95% pork sausages are handmade.
For Christmas, Drumanilra raises organic free range geese, ducks and bronze turkeys. Throughout the year, they keep a flock of laying hens and several polytunnels to grow organic salads and vegetables to complement the meats, served and sold in the Drumanilra Farm Kitchen and Shop.
The Farm Kitchen has its quirky home in a renovated old house in the centre of Boyle in Roscommon. You can dine in a restored room in the old house, or in the garden on picnic benches in Summer. There is a roaring wood fire in winter, children's corner with books and games, a sandpit outside and the weekend papers on Saturdays. Dogs on leads welcome in the garden.