By SAM BUTLER
Two Northern Ireland artisan businesses, Abernethy Butter, Dromara, and Belfast’s Longbridge Drinks, both Food NI members, have won business from the ‘world’s best hotel’
Abernethy is supplying the prestigious Adare Manor and Resort, located near Limerick, with its original and dulse creamy butters. Longbridge is providing its unique Belfast Ginger Ale.
The contract is the latest in a series of successes for the acclaimed butter business run by husband and wife team Will and Allison Abernethy. The butter is hand crafted and hand rolled by the company from fresh milk sourced from a grass-fed herd in County Down.
Abernethy’s unique dulse butter was used by Clare Smyth, recently named the world’s best female chef, as an ingredient in a dish for the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Allison Abernethy, commenting on the new business, says: “We are delighted to have been approached to supply our butter to this exceptional hotel and resort that draws guests from the US, in particular, as well as from the UK and the Republic.
“It’s immensely encouraging to know that our butter will be on the breakfast, lunch and dinner tables of a hotel that’s now acclaimed as the world’s best.”
A new black garlic butter developed by the enterprising couple has also been endorsed by celebrity chefs and food writers such as Nigella Lawson.
Wayne Adair, director of Longbridge Drinks, says: “This is a marvellous endorsement of the quality of our new ale.”
Longbridge drinks are founded on a long-standing tradition in craft minerals such as non-alcoholic ginger wine and clove cordial.
Adare Manor in Limerick scooped the top prize at the 30th annual Virtuoso Best of the Best awards in Las Vegas, which is voted for by over 18,000 travel-industry professionals in 50 countries. It has a long-standing commitment to Irish food and drink products.
The hotel, a frequent venue for international golf tournaments, boasts a total of 104 bedrooms and has recently undergone an extensive 21-month restoration and refurbishment. A neo-Gothic structure, it sits in an 840-acre estate that dates back to the 1700s.
Those voting in the Virtuoso Awards praised Adare Manor for being an iconic hotel that ‘epitomises excellence in luxury hospitality’.