8 ways to enjoy an artisan adventure in Bushmills
Visit the picturesque gateway to the Giant’s Causeway and discover the local artisan producers who are creating more than just the world-famous whiskey for which Bushmills is globally renowned.
With a quaint village centre, Bushmills on the Causeway Coast is nostalgically atmospheric; lined with traditional shopfronts leading to the Old Bushmills Distillery, a centrepiece that continues to draw local and international visitors every year.
Here are seven ways to enjoy an artisan adventure in Bushmills:
1. Unpack your bags in the five-star Bushmills Thatched Cottage, luxury self-accommodation with a classic thatched roof and whitewashed walls.
You will be transported back in time as you indulge in the aromas of earthy peat burning on an open fire with views through a half-stable door of wild pheasants idly wandering through the surrounding fields.
The charming cottage has a distinctly rural feel despite being just 5 minutes’ drive from the bustling village centre.
2. Join an expertly informed culinary guide on the Bushmills Food Tour which showcases local suppliers, award-winning food and drink and a richly cultural experience.
During your stroll you will hear the history of the village and be enlightened with quirky tales as you visit six unique artisan venues.
The past, present and future of food and drink in Northern Ireland will be served up on your plate as you meet the passionate people who grow, catch, make and bake delicious local food in Bushmills.
Revel in the opportunity to learn from producers, chefs and independent shop owners as you delve into the history and culture of the coastline and countryside, and enjoy a Northern Ireland feast.
3. After you have indulged in authentic delicacies such as wheaten bread, regional smoked salmon and even a ‘poke of chips’, you simply cannot afford to miss out on a visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest working distillery in Ireland.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey has been created on this site since a grant by King James I in 1608, using water from the stream that flows alongside the distillery and local barley.
Experience the sights and smells of whiskey distillation on a guided tour that will divulge the intricate process behind creating the award-winning liquor.
After you have explored behind the scenes, partake in a tutored tasting session with local experts and savour the unique combination of smoothness and richness that is bestowed in the form of the much-celebrated golden liquid.
4. Return to the charismatic village Main Street where you will find The French Rooms, an elegant and stylish restaurant with an exceptionally tempting menu.
Although the food is French-inspired, expect to find locally-sourced produce and ingredients ensuring a Causeway Coast fusion is served with every visit.
From local salmon to Northern Ireland lamb, The French Rooms offers decadent dishes in a warm and welcoming setting.
5. The Bushmills Inn Hotel is steeped in history, as it was originally an inn for saddle-sore travellers in the 1600s.
The quietly luxurious hotel transports you back to a time immersed in charm with snugs and roaring fires to welcome you. The bedrooms are individually designed and each offers a peaceful sanctuary. The Bushmills Inn Hotel won ‘NI’s Best Hotel Stay’ at the 2018 NI Tourism Awards.
6. Fifteen minutes from the village at Portrush harbour, set sail aboard the Causeway Lass for a one-of-a-kind culinary journey to catch your own breakfast with Catch & Sea.
Enjoy the salty sea breeze as you travel towards the rising sun while the experienced crew teach you the tricks of fishing. With their guiding hand, you’ll then fillet your catch before returning to dry land and cooking up a storm for a unique and delicious breakfast.
7. Tartine at Distillers Arms was originally the home of the distillery owners and spent some time as a pub before its transformation to the current, chic restaurant.
Retaining many of the original features, Tartine is atmospheric with low lighting and warm, friendly staff. The chefs have a commitment to using the finest of local ingredients to create dishes that are seasonal and full of flavour.
8. Before leaving the village make a pit-stop at the Bushmills Gallery, a characterful crafts and gift shop.
Here you will find locally made woodcraft and fused glass sold alongside renowned Northern Ireland brands such as Belleek and Field Day candles and soaps.
Pick up a piece of local jewellery, giftware or artwork from Northern Ireland designers and artists including Kathryn Callaghan, to return home with a piece of Bushmills.
For more of what’s being served up in Bushmills visit www.discovernorthernireland.com.
Belfast Telegraph Digital