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Anyone travelling on the road north of Bantry will have passed this little shop with the grand name; anyone with a modicum of interest in food will have been compelled to stop and enjoy Val’s company and stories. To those of us working with food in West Cork (and further field), Manning’s has been the Mecca for artisan producers over the years and given support and encouragement to many.
For many people, Manning’s Emporium is synonymous with the spirit that is West Cork. Sociable, choice, creative, it’s a shop where you can loiter for hours, chatting, discovering, selecting. The shop really blooms in the summer when the organic vegetables are at their best, the cheeses are at their best, and indeed, everything is at its best.
Val Manning has been operating the Good Food Ireland principle for years and it’s down in no small way to this man that the first artisans of West Cork found their feet. He supports numerous small producers and cheese makers in the area. Here is one of the men, and indeed one of the shops, that helps the food revolution happen.
To visit here is to visit a food Mecca. And to speak to Val is to chat to a man who knows everything there is to know about local food, and can give you a potted history about everything he sells. Val is a real “Slow Foodie” actively involved in that international philosophy of “Good, clean and fair food”. The shelves are stacked high with the finest this country has to offer as well as goods and produce from Europe and further afield.