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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This is an annual men-only course hosted by Paul Flynn at the Tannery Cookery School. This event allows the men in your life to show their prowess in the kitchen. Whether they just fancy themselves as a chef or are pretty proficient around the stove, this is the course for them. Hearty male fare is the order of the day and they will leave with the gift that keeps on giving. Hands on following Paul’s demo. Followed by lunch. Tickets…Find out more »
This is one of the most requested courses at the Tannery Cookery School, and so returns each year. The course is designed for the more proficient cook, someone who knows their way around a kitchen well and is look for a bit of a challenge. Paul Flynn shares secrets of a restaurant kitchen and teaches some of the tricks of the trade. Followed by lunch Tickets available here Tickets cost: €195Find out more »
The folk in the Tannery say they have recently become converts to meat free cooking. That’s not to say they are fully fledged vegetarians, far from it, but they say they have discovered the benefits and the variety of a plant based diet. And so ‘Meat Free Monday’ has been adopted and they have discovered there’s a whole cooking world out there where the vegetable is the starring role and this course will show even the ordinary home cook, how…Find out more »