student road trip

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ah yes the title is not what it seems to be but this is a culinary students road trip to a few different suppliers and a bit to eat in a five star hotel , yes that is what I call a road trip and it was a wonderful experience to say the least ,

on a cold and wet Thursday we left limerick and headed south to the rebel county and the home of the english market which is cork city for who ever doesn’t know where we are heading . as we arrived at the market we were met with the different smells and sounds that would greet you as if it was an outdoor market ,just as well it was indoors or else we would be very wet ,first stop was o connell’s fish stall this in my opinion is the crème de la crème of fish stalls around its no wonder the queen of England came to visit it on her trip to Ireland, the choice of fish that is on offer is top class ranging from  fresh whole monkfish to cooked and smoked spart’s this was a real treat for someone who is a fish lover and it really was an eye opener to somebody that didn’t know a whole lot about fish ,from here with empty stomachs we headed to hayfield manor house which is a five star hotel situated in the heart of cork city but still gives you that country style feel , here we  wined and dined on a fabulous 3 course meal that also included petit fours at the end it was a well worth experience and on the colleges behave money well spent .after we were fuelled up and ready for more travelling we headed towards Kanturk to visit Ardrahan cheese makers who were very nice to give us a guided tour of their production line even though they don’t normally take tours we were an exception . it was back into kanturk town for our last stop to jack mac Carthys award winning butchers here we sampled some of the finest meats and puddings that were on offer and shown how they have won so many wards for their  black puddings including a world championship winning black pudding ,they produce up to 16 different types of pudding who knew that you could produce so many well these boys are the experts when it comes to doing it ,all their hard work has paid off with receiving a knighthood from the French pudding society for their produce and also producing a black pudding for the queen’s state banquet on her visit ,all in all it was a great day out that I would do again at the drop of a hat.