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5 Days Vegetarian & Coeliac Cooking Holidays in Ireland

  • Berrylodge Cookery School, Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland

5 Days Vegetarian & Coeliac Cooking Holidays in Ireland

  • Berrylodge Cookery School, Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland

Irish Cookery Vacations

Take a break from the bustling and polluted city. Stay in a serene, peaceful and relaxing location. Learn something new and wonderful. Attend Berry lodge's cookery classes and be amazed of the dishes you will be taught and taste. Have a hands-on instruction and master at least one of this delectable dishes. Leave us feeling refreshed and delighted. You can choose and customize the cooking programs to suit your health requirements. Special menu requests for celiac, cholesterol management, and vegetarians are available.

Highlights

  • 3 hands-on cooking classes
  • 2 hours duration per cookery session
  • Coeliac cooking, cholesterol cooking themes
  • Harvest vegetarian themed cooking theme
  • Tasting and evaluation of cooked food
  • Fresh and natural ingredients
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Berry Lodge Accommodation & Cookery School

Relax, unwind, forget the daily grind in our beautiful Spanish Point bed and breakfast. Unwind in a sea side setting close to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, the quaint village of Lisdoonvarna - home of the Matchmaking Festival, and so many golf clubs, we can only name a few (Spanish Point, Lahinch, etc.) Our chefs are renowned far and wide for the quality of the cookery school.

Berry Lodge is situated in an idyllic location between the fishing village of Quilty and the beautiful beach of Spanish Point on the West Coast of Co Clare and is an ideal base for a touring or activity holiday or a relaxing break. Berry Lodge has recently been updated to achieve its new 4 star rating.

All bedrooms are stylishly modernized while keeping the traditional, and homely comfort that has been enjoyed by our guests for the last 20 years. In our cookery classes we cook creatively from fresh, natural food available locally from sea, land and garden. A network of local producers provides us with the highest quality ingredients in season.

Our lovely, well kept lawn and garden around the house invites for leisurely strolls. Check out our relax area, unwind in our comfortable chairs with a view to the garden and the green countryside. Or hangout at our guest lounge. Meet the other guests at the open turf fire in our comfortable guest lounge. We serve Coffee, Tea, homemade scones!

Amenities and services

  • Afternoon snacks and evening meals available on request.
  • Complementary bottled water in all rooms
  • Complementary tea and scones on arrival
  • En suite rooms
  • Hair dryer in all rooms
  • Ground floor double room available if having difficulty with stairs
  • Guests will have their own front door and room key to come and go freely
  • Ironing board and iron available
  • No smoking premise
  • Packed lunches (48 hours notice required)
  • Private car park, free for the guests
  • Tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms
  • TV in all rooms
  • WiFi internet facilities available

Coeliac cooking and baking

In our restaurant we are seeing year on year a high incidence of life-long intolerance to gluten the protein found in cereals. The result of this is the surface of the intestine is no longer able to digest and absorb food and nutrients. Coeliac intolerance affects approximately 1in 100 people in Ireland.

To help people and their families understand this problem we are putting together this interesting day of cooking without gluten. We will also talk you through general information on what you can safely include in your diet and what you must avoid and also how to avoid cross contamination of flour.

Food can still be exciting to prepare and this we will work on with you during the day. We will also share our knowledge of the hidden gluten found in so many pre-prepared foods. Join us for this day of experimentation and sharing.

Cooking themes

  • A Taste of Irish Cookery
  • Bread and Cakes
  • Brunch
  • Cholesterol cooking
  • Coeliac Cooking
  • Cooking with Children
  • Cooking with Style - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter Entertaining
  • Fish and Shellfish
  • Harvest Vegetarian
  • Italian Cooking
  • One Pot Wonders
  • Party Cooking
  • Sunday Roasts
  • Thai flavours Irish Style

Cooking classes schedule

  • Arrive from 4 pm to 7 pm, refreshments will be provided upon arrival on the first day.
  • Breakfast the next day will be at 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Walk by the sea.
  • Hands on cookery will be at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tasting of cooked food, follows afterwards.

Kitchen health and safety rules

  • Comfortable non-slip shoes should be worn in the kitchen
  • Wash hands and wear an apron
  • Leave coats and bags away from the kitchen
  • Use the correct knives for the job in hand
  • Tidy as you go
  • Relax and enjoy your day

County Clare is ancient and young. Its past goes deep into the mists of time, Stone Age tombs and Iron Age forts, abbeys and castles, connecting 7,000 years of history's milestones in The Burren Region.

It is young in our thinking and attitudes to new technology, education, acceptance of cultures, new town Shannon, music & art and Gaelic games particularly hurling where we won The All Ireland Hurling Final twice in the 1990's.

Clare is a county of regal splendour from Brian Boru, High King of Ireland to the O'Briens of Thomond and the McNamara's of Lemenagh. Clare is the heartland of folklore, dance and music none more so than the Miltown Malbay area where we host the Willie Clancy Summer School of Music and set dance in July every year since 1972.

Nature's handiwork can be seen in the spectacular seascape sculpture of The Bridges of Ross near Kilkee and the mighty 700 feet high Cliffs of Moher, along with the rare flora and fauna that is to be seen when you walk through that vast natural limestone park called The Burren.

Clare has an exciting environment for sea and inland angling, championship quality golf, (Lahinch & Doonbeg International Golf Links Courses are a mere 10 minutes drive away), water sports (Spanish Point Beach is in walking distance!), horse riding, walking, cycling and the ups and downs of climbing and potholing. Clare truly is different. Why not find out for yourself.

Activities
  • Golf course nearby
General
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Free! Bottled water
  • Free! WiFi
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance nearby

A Golfer's Paradise: The West of Ireland boasts some of the best golf links courses in the world! Lahinch and Doonbeg courses offer a challenging day's golf and overlook stretches of sandy beaches. Near Berry Lodge is Spanish Point 9-hole links course! We help organize your golf day if requested.

Caving in the Burren: The limestone region of the Burren is a world renowned heritage site famous for its stunning scenery. The stone walls are a study alone as they stretch ruggedly across the bare rock. Visit in May and June to see the unique flora in bloom! The ancient dolmen of Poulnabrone, Glenisheen wedge tomb as well as other ancient monuments are dotted throughout this special landscape and shouldn't be missed.

Dolphin watch: The Shannon Estuary is home to Euope's largest population of bottle-nosed dolphins. Watch Boats depart from Carrigaholt and Kilrush throughout the summer months.

Traditional Music: Irish Music is the living, breathing natural treasure of the County. Visit the Willie Clancy Summer School Miltown Malbay in early July! The local pubs have lively traditional entertainment until the early hours throughout the summer months.

Festivals and events: The Irish enjoy nothing more than our festivals, horse races and GAA events in Gaelic Football and Hurling. Look out for these in the different areas when visiting!

Walking, hiking and cycling: The best way to experience the Burren is by walking and hiking along the many 'green roads' criss-crossing the landscape! The 'Burren Way' and the 'Mid Clare Way' are set up especially for long distance walkers and each area of Clare can be covered on several sign posted cycleways.

The Cliffs of Moher: The Cliffs of Moher stand majestically over the Atlantic Ocean, looking out to the Aran Islands, to Lahinch to the South and to Galway Bay to the North. Further south is Loop Head Peninsula - the Cliffs stretching between Kilkee towards Loop Head are equally impressive and secret hideaways well worth a visit. Bird, Dolphin and Whale watching are popular among visitors to the region

The 'Riches of Clare': This exhibition at the Clare Museum in Ennis shows artifacts of Clare from the National Museum of Ireland, and also those collected locally. It gives an interesting insight into the life of the county through the ages. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park shows life as it was in bygone eras and plays host to entertaining musical medieval banquets, as does Knappogue Castle near the village of Quin - a 10 Minutes drive from Ennis.

Surfing the waves: The wild, rolling waves of the Atlantic crashing against the Western coastline provide a challenge for even the most dedicated surfers. Lahinch, Donbeg and Spanish Point are the most popular surfing destinations, with Surf schools in Lahinch developing young people's skills to face the waves throughout the year.

GPS

N 52.8307; W -9.4301

You find us signposted from the N 67 approx. 1km south of the Bellbridge Hotel

Distances

  • Restaurants - 2 mins
  • Traditional Pub - 2 mins
  • Spanish Point Beach - 3 mins
  • Spanish Point Golf course - 3 mins
  • Miltown Malbay town centre - 6 mins
  • Doonbeg Golf Course - 10 mins
  • Lahinch Golf club and surfing on beach - 15 mins
  • Cliffs of Moher - 20 mins
  • Ennis - 30 mins
  • Shannon Airport - 45 mins
  • Dublin - 3 hrs.

Testimonials

  • Review by Dan K. from United States

    "We were here only for one night I wish it could have been more. the owner was away so Margerete filled in and did a superb job. She welcomed us upon arrival, gave us our choice of two rooms and a welcome tour of the small property and gardens. We were tired from golf and just wanted to rest. The room was comfortable and quaint, the reading / living area downstairs comfortable, so we settled in with our wine and snacks and a book - perfect. In the morning, we were welcomed with a nice breakfast, smiles, and a sunny day - who could ask for more? We would recommend this lodge to anyone playing in the area or going to visit the nearby cliffs."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "Rita was a wonderful hostess and the lodge was a warm and welcoming place to stay. The room was very comfortable with a good shower/bathroom. Very tasty breakfast. My only small complaint was that WiFi was only available in common rooms. I would definitely stay here again."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Ireland

    "My husband and I are just back from spending weekend in Berry Lodge. From the moment we were welcomed by Rita we felt right at home. My husband was attending a cookery course given by Rita. Nearby was Belbridge hotel and we were very fortunate to hit on Uileann pipers weekend.The music was first class. To get back to Berry Lodge , Our room was beautifully decorated with the most comfortable bed. Breakfast was of an extremely high quality and very varied. My husband has attended a few cookery courses but according to him this one was the best. I was fortunate to experience the fruits of Italian cooking. First class. We will certainly be returning."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Ann K from Ireland

    "Really warm welcome by Rita. We had a lovely cup of tea and scones when we arrived. The room was so comfortable and the view of the Atlantic was stunning.The breakfast was exceptionally good. It also included Gluten free options. Our first visit to the west. We will definitely be back again. Many thanks."

    March 2015. Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by MKC-LIC from New York

    "Berry Lodge was perfect in every way-- the location, the room with view of grazing cows and ocean beyond, the breakfast (!!) but mostly the warm welcome and assistance of Rita Meade, the host. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, sorry we couldn't stay longer. Thank you Rita and Marguerite!"

    September 2014. Trip Advisor website, edited

County Clare, Ireland

Berry Lodge is an ideal base for a touring / activity holiday or a relaxing break. In our cookery classes we cook creatively from fresh, natural food available.

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