Sunday Lunch at The Phoenix Restaurant Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

The Phoenix Restaurant Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

The Phoenix Restaurant Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

After a busy week spent studying, my friend and I decided to treat ourselves to sunday lunch, and oh what a treat it was! Of course, both being vegetarian, we couldn’t just pop into any old eating house…..

We headed for Kerry, where on the road between Inch & Dingle you’ll find a real gem; The Phoenix Restaurant. The brain child of Lorna Tyther, it is renowned for its vegetarian, homegrown & seafood dishes & has been the recipient of some famed awards, including John & Sally McKennas. Lorna has also self published a cookbook, available to buy at the restaurant, for anyone wanting to turn their hand to recreating her dishes. As if the opportunity of driving along The Wild Atlantic Way  on a rainy summer sunday wasn’t tempting enough!

The restaurant itself is quite homely with an eclectic, almost boho feel to it. We had to ask the waiter to give us more time when he came to take our order, so unused are we to having more than one option! While we were deciding, he kindly brought us a carafe of filtered water (no wine this time as we were both driving!) Everything sounded so inviting, but we could not see past the Exotic Phoenix Salad, big enough to share & with a selection of house tapas. The promise of organic, homegrown produce was too much to pass up and what we got, did not disappoint as you can see!

The Exotic Phoenix Salad
The Exotic Phoenix Salad

The Phoenix is also unique, in that if offers you the opportunity to take a stroll through their bountiful gardens. Despite the fact that it is on the side of a busy road, you are transported into a place of total serenity! Take a look for yourself……

Phoenix  Restaurant Meditative Garden Design
Phoenix Restaurant Meditative Garden Design
A Walk through the Gardens at The Phoenix Restaurant
A Walk through the Gardens at The Phoenix Restaurant

If you are feeling adventurous, or aren’t prepared to make the 2.5 hour round trip like me, The Phoenix also offers some very interesting accommodation (we will definitely be booking in next time so we can enjoy a glass of wine or two!)…….

Interesting Accomodation at the Phoenix Restaurant
Interesting accommodation at the Phoenix Restaurant

So the next time you find yourself driving along the breathtakingly beautiful Dingle Peninsula, a stop off at the Phoenix is a must.

Food for the body & for the soul! 

Keep an eye out for this sign
Watch out for this sign!!

Top 10 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget

1. Eat less Meat. Use beans & lentils to bulk out dishes.

2. Try to buy directly from the producer when possible

3. Buy fruit & vegetables in season when they are cheaper.

4. Take advantage of special offers & make use of your freezer.

5. Buy in bulk. 5kg of rice is much cheaper than 500g!

6. Plan your meals AFTER you’ve picked up the weekly special offers.

7. Swap shopping lists with a friend, that way neither of you will be tempted to overspend.

8. Avoid waste. Use leftovers & make stock from vegetable peelings, bones etc

9. Consider growing your own, especially herbs & leafy greens which can be  expensive.

10. Forage!

Superfood Breakfast of Champions!


Overnight oats have been doing the digital rounds for some time now, but I wonder how many of you have actually tried them? They are the ultimate  portable “fast food” breakfast-or indeed they make a super satisfying snack at any time of day.

The variations are endless; peanut butter & banana, mango & mint or apple & cinammon. You can find more ideas to tickle your fancy from Monica at The Yummy Life here. Pictured above is my favourite combination-a superfood chocolatey feast that is like manna from heaven! (Well to me at least!)

I buy my Iswari superfoods at a local health food shop, but they (& more deliciousness!) are available online here. Iswari’s website is a wealth of information for anyone who is new to superfoods, & if you want more recipes I suggest you connect with them on facebook too.


  • 1/2 cup organic gluten-free oats
  • 1/4 cup Natures Path toasted buckwheat cereal (optional)
  • 1 tbs cacao nibs
  • 1/4 tbs bee pollen
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 dates, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of fruit (I used frozen berries & 2 diced strawberries)
  • Almond milk (to cover)

Now for the “tricky” bit! Throw all the ingredients in a mason jar, add enough almond milk to cover, replace the lid & shake! Pop it in the fridge & it’s ready to use in the morning (or after approx 4 hours if you can’t wait that long!)

You might be saying to yourself ” I don’t have all those ingredients”-No problem, just improvise and use what you have. No mason jar? Use any with a screw top lid. I find the dates are enough for me, but if you like things a little sweeter just add your favourite.


(Ps. This post is not in any way affiliated with “United Colors of Benetton” as seen in the picture above. I just so happened to use one of their beautiful trays to lay out the ingredients. You might be able to find one like it online!!)