The taste of Connemara
Bernard and Alison King are based in Leenane, Co Galway where they farm Connemara Mountain Lamb. Each December they produce approximately 500 Blackface Mountain lambs.
This mountain lamb is a slow growing breed and will not make the 19/20kg weight required for the factories, instead averaging 15/16kg.
"We have a unique product, lambs feed on the natural grasses, heathers and herbs on our land giving the lamb great flavour. Last year I killed 70 lambs mainly for the restaurant trade. This was up 100pc on 2013 figures," says Bernard.
Aniar, the Michelin star restaurant in Galway, is one of Bernard's customers.
"This is a beautiful product, the taste profile is full of flavour. We source local products and it is critical to our success, and our menu embodies the flavours of the Galway region. It appeals to me that you buy the whole animal, otherwise chefs choose the best part with no consideration for where the rest of the animal goes, we are happy to buy it direct from the farmer and use every piece of the animal," explains chef and owner JP McMahon.
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