Experience Artisan Produce and Craft At Ards and North Down

Wanting to slow the pace while enjoying stunning scenery and fresh local, quality ingredients? Then a visit to Ards and North Down is a must.

Located only 20 minutes from Belfast, Ards and North Down offers a refreshing getaway for the discerning traveller. Be inspired for your next getaway by experiencing the region’s artisan produce and craft.

Start your day with a visit to the award-winning Comber Farmers Market, held on the first Thursday of every month. Here you will meet inspiring local producers offering only the highest quality green grocery. From artisan breads and cheese, olives and tapenades to delectable cakes and pies you will be spoiled for choice and left wanting more.

Ards and North Down is known as the ‘Creative Peninsula’ so you won’t be surprised to find local artists and makers throughout the area. Galleries and craft studios are dotted around the borough showcasing work inspired by the natural environment.

While in Comber visit Discovery Glass to experience the wonders of handcrafted glasswork and be inspired by the passion of local maker Irene McBride. Staying in the area explore the expert mix of curated collections from a range of designer makers at Doghouse Gallery. This is the perfect place if you are looking for something a little bit special and unique.

Feeling in need of some more artisan food then pop into Indie Füde, Castle Street Comber. Stocking more than 700 small batch products from all over the island of Ireland, this deli is like no other and delivers on flavour every time.

Having been inspired by the local artists and makers, next head to Eden Pottery in Millisle to create your own piece of art. Located in the middle of the countryside, the venue is a great place to indulge your creative side while enjoying the very best of homemade scones and cakes.

Here you can paint your own pottery using the wide range of sponge patterns available. There are hundreds to choose from, so you won’t be stuck. If you haven’t time to make your own though you can sit back enjoy a delicious treat, soak up the atmosphere and purchase a unique handcrafted piece on your way out.

Your final stop for the day is Echlinville Distillery. The tour is a must for gin and whiskey lovers. The impressive distillery is set on the grounds of Echlinville Estate, founded by the Echlinville family in 1730. During your visit you will learn about the art of whiskey, gin and poitin making. Once you have discovered how the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of the world-renowned spirits are captured, you can relax and enjoy two drinks of your choice.

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