To the west of Graham Robert's Connemara Smokehouse, housed in a fine stone building at the edge of Bunowen Pier, in West Connemara, there lies the Atlantic Ocean, and nothing else. We are in the west of the West: next stop, the Americas. A place so profoundly elemental is just the right place for a great fish smoker like Mr Roberts to weave his magic with smoked fish. Mr Roberts is forever chasing the essences of flavour in his smoked fish, and the flavour he chases is the pure flavour, the conjoining of fish and smoke, the pure distilled drop. The beech wood he uses for smoking, in the 1946 smoking kiln which faithfully fires up every day, allows for more subtlety than smoking with oak, so the Connemara Smokehouse products are blessed with grace and subtlety, the flavours seem evanescent and elusive, boasting the merest whisper of beech smoke. And there are no shortcuts taken in the Connemara Smokehouse: everything is done old school, by hand, by intuition, by experience. The good news is that the Smokehouse is also an Economusée, so you can come and visit at Bunowen Pier, and see the artisan process as it plays out, from the hand filleting to the expert smoking to the packing. And when you do visit, you will take away with you an experience of an artisan fish smokery, at the end of the world, in the most elemental place imaginable.
More along the Galway coast
Megabites Sign Up Here!
Sign up for our Megabites Newsletter, a blog which brings you all the latest contemporary news of the best food and food people in Ireland, including all that’s new on the Wild Atlantic Way.