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Connemara Smokehouse

Bunnowen Pier, Ballyconneely, Clifden H71 KR29, Ireland
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Visited last week. The passion Graham has for the products he smokes comes over in bucket loads... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
pataj51
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Nice People

While touring Ireland our guide pointed out this place. We asked if we could stop and he said... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
taperlight2018
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Roseville, California
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A catch destined for the Connemara Smokehouse, the irresistible aroma is often carried on soft breezes throughout the countryside. It assails your senses when near Ballyconneely. Connemara Smoked Salmon, on brown soda bread. Unique to Ireland. The Connemara Smokehouse is located right on the water’s edge at Bunowen Pier, and the surrounding area has exceptional views of the Twelve Bens mountain range, the castle of Connaught’s historic Pirate Queen, Grainne Mhoal (Grace O’Malley). It is also renowned for its breeding of the world famous Connemara Pony which can be seen in fields towards the Smokehouse. This area contains some of the most tranquil, unspoilt and rugged landscapes with beautiful clear water and sandy beaches. Smokehouse Tours seasonally during the summer months June, July and August (FRENCH) Tuesday & Thursday at 3pm sharp! (ENGLISH)Wednesday at 3pm sharp! Booking is advisable. We also welcome Group Tours & School Groups all year round by appointment only. In our Smokehouse Tour you will watch Graham or Nicolas hand fillet and traditionally prepare the salmon, explain the salting and smoking techniques, then show the hand slicing and packing of the finished product. You will enjoy a tasting of our fantastic smoked salmon. We are sure you will then want to buy some to take home, or to eat while you are here on holiday or to send to friends and family as a gift. It is fun, educational, and delicious.
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Bunnowen Pier, Ballyconneely, Clifden H71 KR29, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited last week. The passion Graham has for the products he smokes comes over in bucket loads. The demonstration and explanation is comprehensive, the samples are to dye for. Can't wait for the order to arrive. All the staff are friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

While touring Ireland our guide pointed out this place. We asked if we could stop and he said sure, not knowing if they were open, or if they gave tours. We happened to visit in their off-season. I explained that i regularly catch and smoke...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This place is on the edge of the world as is I guess most of the Wild Atlantic Way. The scent of smoke as you go in is so seductive. However! We didn't buy because they only had frozen - their packaging is stunningly superb...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

A large group of us had the tour and explanation by Nicola and it was very interesting and informative. I don't think any of us will ever eat farmed salmon ever again!

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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

A group of us attended the smokehouse tour in English today and I have to say it's not easy to entertain a group of people that range in age from 6 to 70 but it certainly happened here. From the moment that Graham started sharpening...More

1  Thank padraic l
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

if you want quality you have to be willing to pay a little extra right? well you will get quality here, the seafood is delicious, the smoked salmon is to die for, you can see everything being prepared on site, i drove 50km to buy...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2017

The journey to the smoke house is great , small white beaches and clear water .. the smokehouse 'tour' more talk was very good and the samples gave you a real appreciation of the quality of the products . Definitely worth the visit if you...More

Thank RevJohnK
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Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Check out the time tables on their site, send an e-mail and join in on an informative session. Inspiring and proud owner will show you his skills and tell the Connemara Smokehouse story. We are convinced that this is not only the best smoked fish...More

Thank siejoepuntnl
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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Love the story that describes their love of what they do. It's not a restaurant or a tasting room. Tours are only on Wednesday's. we bought the delicious salmon mousse, and the mackerel; both were outstanding! Very friendly staff to assist! Beautiful drive with amazing...More

Thank Susan A
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Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Delicious artisan produce. A great way to bring home a taste of Connemara & the Wild Atlantic Way. Tiny family run smokehouse

Thank Mairead O
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