Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A dreamy ice-cream from the Burren

Linalla Ice Cream

Coming from just down the road in the middle of the Burren, Linalla is a very special ice-cream that we use in the restaurant.

It comes from a place where there is little but baron rock, birds, and a few animals.

Life has always been difficult in the Burren as locals struggle to live and work in the area without having to leave, however one family have successfully adapted to their surroundings and created an incredible little business that prides itself on its surrounds, using the unique environment to its benefit.

While many ice-cream company’s are based in industrial estates and large commercial units far away from the cattle that produce its raw ingredients, Linalla is the complete opposite.

This family run ice-cream parlour has its own herd of forty eight Friesians and Shorthorn cattle from which the milk and cream is taken and used in its own ice-cream.

Run by Brid and Roger Fahy, they are fellow members of Good Food Ireland, and committed to upholding a strong consistent level of quality.

The ice cream has been produced since 2006 when the family looked for new ways to increase turnover on the farm. Training in Ireland, UK, and Italy the couple learned how to both produce their own product, and to develop new recipe ideas.

Ice cream is made in small batches with the farm’s pasteurised milk and cream then adding fruit, biscuit, nuts and any other ingredients.

Linnalla ice creams include mellow Honeycomb Crunch, Strawberry Sensation, Superior Vanilla, Intense Chocolate, Wild Berry, and cool Mint Choc Chip. In addition to these flavours the company also produces seasonal favourites such as rhubarb and custard, strawberry and blackberry all locally sourced.

If you are around the Burren make sure to pop in to say hello at the Linnalla CafĂ© Ice Cream Parlour and Dessert House which has stunning views of Galway bay, and a childrens playground right down on the flaggy shore in New Quay – a great day out – and an even better excuse to visit the Burren!!

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