The final two stops on our food tour of Armagh were to the Armagh Robinson Library (where I attended the pop up restaurant last year) and 4Vicars.
The two will, this year, play host to a “Harvest Supper and Concert” during the Armagh Food and Cider Festival in September.
Following a canapé reception in 4 Vicars restaurant, guests will be led by lamplight to the elegant setting of the Robinson Library to enjoy a short concert before returning for a harvest supper featuring the best of seasonal Food Heartland produce.
We were greeted to Armagh Robinson Library by two “interesting” characters who informed us about the customs and etiquette of the day!
Robinson Library is one of the oldest libraries in Ireland and we were shown some of the rarest collections of books and manuscripts, particularly those to do with food and travel, given us foodie bunch!
We then made the short distance to 4 Vicars, a restaurant which is the current holder of the Georgina Campbell award for ‘Best Casual Dining Restaurant’.
There, we were treated to the most delicious four course dinner introduced by each of the local producers- I honestly couldn’t fault a thing!
The first course was O’Chatten Smokery Lough Neagh pollan with carrot and sauerkraut slaw and a Cavanagh free range egg.
The second course was Tyndale Goat kid meat ball with yogurt sauce and Swiss chard from Crannagael House (which we had visited earlier in the day.)
We then had Kilkeel hake with Crannagael House fennel puree, fennel salad and Connemara air dried pork.
To finish, we had Plum and Almond tart with Crannagael House plums and homemade vanilla ice cream.
The food was simply amazing, a wonderful spread!
I have to admit I was sceptical about goat thinking it would be very tough, but it was tender and juicy- a surprise! Guests to the Harvest Supper are in for a treat if this was anything to go by.
Armagh Robinson Library- teaching us etiquette!
Music at 4Vicars
Cocktails and canapes at 4Vicars
O’Chatten Smokery Lough Neagh pollan
Tyndale Goat kid meat ball
Plum and Almond tart
For more information on the Armagh Food and Cider Festival, visit http://www.armagh.co.uk/foodandcider