The Tannery Restaurant
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Phone: 058 454 20
The Tannery is the darling of Dungarvan. Opened in 1997 by Paul and Máire Flynn it has developed into one of the most original and welcoming experiences in Irish food. Almost every producer who channels the ethos of Food the Waterford Way has seen their food explode into something stunning by the magical hands of the award-winning Tannery chefs.
It all started with Paul, who is now a nationally known chef, bringing his formal food training back to his home town of Dungarvan. Máire had never run a restaurant before and for both of them it was very much a step into the unknown.
“We started in 1997, which doesn’t sound too long ago but in the life of a restaurant, it feels like a lifetime,” Máire said. “Back then people weren’t as well-up on food as they are now. There was no Food the Waterford way or anything like the culture that we have now. Thinking about it actually, back in 1997 there was probably one TV show about cooking whereas now, you can’t scroll past two channels without finding some kind of cooking or baking show.”
The Tannery was somewhat of a renegade when it first opened – the first in a new wave of modern restaurants with ideas, and menus that would blow people’s minds.
“We were a bit before our time…but we grew into ourselves,” Máire said. “Back then if you wanted green beans, you’d have to ring a wholesaler in Dublin. There was no such thing as seasonality and local produce. After a while, Paul started to question why he was ringing suppliers in Dublin for green beans from France when he could have the best of them grown out in Ballynacourty. We quickly began to see that the best ingredients were actually growing all around us.”
Before long, The Tannery became a local food hub with producers from all over the country bringing their meat, cheeses, breads, fruits and vegetables in on a Monday and watching them turn into something amazing for a special the next night. The evolution of The Tannery has also brought with it a Cookery School - where Paul and his roster of guest tutors teach up to 14 budding chefs a whole range of culinary skills – and a Townhouse, which offers 14 luxurious rooms in a beautiful location in the heart of Dungarvan. It truly is a gem in Waterford’s food offering.
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36 years cooking so he knows a thing or two…. This is one of the most popular courses at Dungarvan's Tannery Cookery School. A practical cooking masterclass with Paul. The course is not for the beginner, and nor do you have to be a professional but a more proficient cook will probably get more from it. If you want to improve your skills, elevate your home cooking to restaurant standard and learn the secrets of the professional kitchen, this…Find out more »
For those of you who feel you are stuck in a cooking rut, repeating the same recipes over and over and need some new inspiration for family cooking at home. Here's a course that will inspire you to change things up a little for the every day dinners. All the while, getting the balance right between what the kids like and what the adults want is always tricky. The course will demonstrate tray bakes, slow cooked casseroles, a beef rib…Find out more »
This is an annual event! A three day intensive course where Paul Flynn, one of Ireland's best loved and down to earth chefs, guides you through various disciplines of cooking in an intimate setting. This course is not for a beginner, but for the competent home cook who wants to further their skills. It may also be of interest to those who might want to take their cooking out of the home kitchen and into a more commercial area, such…Find out more »
Learn the tricks that make a restaurant kitchen work and in doing that impress your friends with your insider knowledge. This is a one day practical course with Paul Flynn of the Tannery Restaurant and Cookery School. It promises to be an inspiring day of cooking for those who are already good home cooks and want to improve their skills.Find out more »
This is an extremely popular course which runs at the Tannery Cookery School each Autumn. Its time to crank up the tradition ovens of our childhood, with AGA expert chef Helen Manning assisting Paul on the finer points of AGA cooking. From hearty stews and casseroles to baking and slow cooking, this is a course that shows you how to the make the most of your AGA. Followed by lunch.Find out more »
Cooking for Christmas doesn’t just mean the traditional roast turkey. Why not shake things up a bit with this cookery course to make sure your Christmas spread is the envy of all your friends and family over the festive season. Learn how to cook Paul Flynn’s favourite seasonal recipes, perfect for entertaining and also for your own family. Followed by lunch.Find out more »