A visit to Manning’s Emporium alone, justifies a trip to County Cork. Situated along the roadside in Ballylickey near Bantry, Manning’s Emporium is a gourmets’ oasis. Val Manning is a big reason the west Cork artisanal produce is a success, being one of the first people to sell locally produced cheese back in the 1970’s. Since then the shop has supported countless other small producers and cheese makers.
What makes Manning’s that bit extra special is the dining experience. I would recommend customers to order one of Val’s cheese boards, which come in all manner of shapes from violins to birds, all made from wood. Customers can choose their own ‘lunch’ from the wonderful produce on offer, however I would recommend that you request Val to make you up something special.
What Manning’s Emporium serves up is a non-fussy, casual and relaxed picnic area in which to enjoy some of the highest quality gourmet food Ireland has to offer.
For those who would like to add some history to their visit to Ballylickey, there is a wonderful stone circle at Kealkil nearby. The Kealkil circle situated on Maughanclea Hill, providing spectacular views of Bantry Bay consists of a small stone circle, a cairn, and two large monoliths.