Meet the Producer – Donegal Prime Fish

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Welcome to our new feature where every month we will highlight one of our amazing local producers. Keeping with the theme of the Year of Food and Drink – July is month of ‘Seas, Rivers and Loughs’ our first feature is DONEGAL PRIME FISH.

Given our geographical ‘prime’ location on the North coast we are so lucky to have some of the sweetest tasting fish, thanks to our cold atlantic waters. And back in the 1980s Reggie Ryan certainly knew it when he started Donegal Prime Fish. The business began in a humble shed beside Greencastle Pier but moved into Derry as the demand grew North of the border.

After an illness in 2006 sadly Reggie passed away, leaving behind his wife Dorothy and three daughters Emma, Grace and Laura. Determined to carry on with the business they immersed themselves fully in it. I caught up with Emma, Dorothy and their manager Patsy to find out the top 5 ‘fishy’ things you need to know about this family business…

  • They handle between 7 and 8000 kilos of fish weekly from their premises at Skeoge. The fish comes directly off the boats at Greencastle, is prepared at Skeoge and delivered straight to restaurants! Location Map here
  • They won a Great taste award  for their Irish Silver Smoked Salmon using dust from Oak trees so synonymous with Derry.
  • They sell what Dorothy jokingly refers to as ‘the incredible shrinking fish’! Orange Roughy, which when cooked dramatically shrinks in size and is one of the most unusual fish they stock, along with blue mouth red fish.
  • Dorothys favourite fish dish is fresh haddock, pan fried. She rightly believes in keeping keeping it simple so you can taste the full flavour and quality of the fish . Emma favours lemon sole, although she also revealed a penchant for some of our Fiorentinis gorgeous fish and chips!
  • They supply to the majority of restaurants on the ‘Made in Derry’ food tour. So if you want to taste the amazing fresh fish, cooked by our wonderful local chefs – come on tour! Available dates here


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Donegal prime fish delivers Northern Ireland wide and they have been awarded a salsa approved supplier accreditation. You can buy the same quality fish as supplied to our top restaurants direct from their premise in Skeoge industrial Estate.



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Love Food? Love Drink?

We are on tour again THIS Saturday 23rd July, kicking off from building Eighty 81 in Ebrington at 12pm.

Over 4 hours we will visit 6 eateries and you’ll taste over 30 different food and drinks. At each stop you will get an insight into the businesses and produce. Its a relaxing afternoon, in our gorgeous City and what else better to do than to eat and drink your way around it! Check out some of the reviews here


Its £47 pp and you can book online here  or contact Catherine on 07716875764 if you have any questions.

Bring your appetite and leave the car at home. This is a walking tour so please wear appropriate footwear and dress for our weather 🙂

*Fingers crossed the Sun stays with us this week!


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A Legenderry Week


This week sees the return of the Foyle Maritime festival and the Clipper boat race to the City. We have hosted the Clipper crews on a number of occasions now and it has always been a huge success, with people coming out in their droves to see the boats, visit the market and join in with the festivities. Its one of the best weeks in the City’s calendar of events! In particular I’m looking forward to…

#Boats arrival

This is always such a buzz in the air as everyone eagerly awaits the arrival of the boats into the City and to give all the crews a warm Derry welcome! Check out this video of the boats arriving back in 2012 here

#Clipper Kitchens

These will be set up in Ebrington and comprise of cookery demonstrations from Celebrity Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli on Friday 15th July, as well as lots of demos from local chefs (including Brian McDermott and Ian Orr). There will also be a food pavillion at which you will be able to sample some of our finest regional produce with over 40 local artisan producers.

There will also be a Flavours of the Foyle special seafood zone and you will be able to sample food from 12 of our local restaurants and eateries!

#Shippy of Culture

The sippy of culture team are joining up with RoCo to open a pop up bar along the quay during the festival. This promises to be a super addition to the line-up, with lots of craft beers and all in the beautiful surroundings of RoCo along the River Foyle. Sure you couldn’t beat that!

#Maritime Markets

These markets along the quay are at the heart of the festival, sample everything from local food to food from right across the globe and soak up the atmosphere as you dine al fresco!


#Legenderry Eye

Get the best views over the City and all the boats from Legenderry Eye on McFarland Quay

#The People

There’s no doubt about it, its the people that make our  visitors feel so welcome and our events such as success. The Clipper festival never fails to bring everyone out (we are expecting upwards of 100,000) and the craic is always ’90’. Come along and see for yourself! The full programme is here

Music City

We are spoilt for choice for things to do as we also have Music City on – The Villagers are kicking it off in the Glassworks tonight, and later in the week David Kitt, Soak and our own Ruth McGinley will be performing to name a few. Check out the full programme here.

Get out and get enjoying our wonderful City! 🙂

Looking ahead to the rest of the summer, the food tours resume the weekend after Clipper festival. I’m so delighted to say the tours have been a huge success to date, most importantly there’s been lots of happy faces and lovely reviews but also and very fundamental to my personal aspirations for the tours – people have visited new restaurants, sampled lots of local food and produce they weren’t aware of previously, not only this they revisited the places I’ve shown them and bought the produce I introduced them to on tour. Also there have been lots of new friends and connections made. Win win! Love it! If you’d like to come and experience the very best of Derrys food and drink in the company of lovely like minded people then the…

next tour is running on 23rd July  –

you can book here to join us!

& Don’t worry if this date doesn’t suit there are more planned here

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Sneaky peek into a tour

Some snaps of our tour last Saturday! We had a super bunch of people and the craic was great. 🙂

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There’s only one tour on this month on 23rd July.

We’d love you to join us! You can

book here

Summer Bucket List

It seems you all love a good list as much as me, so here’s my list of top things to do this summer

  1. See the Clipper boats arrive into the City during the Foyle Maritime Festival (watch the Derry~Londonderry boat arrive in back in 2013 here)
  2. Visit the beautiful Oakfield Park in Raphoe, have a picnic in their picturesque gardens and take a trip on the mini train.
  3. Walk the greenway
  4. Go to one of the Music City events between 4th-10th July
  5. Visit the all new Walled City Market, on the first Saturday of every month. Next one is 2nd July
  6. Visit the Untold Stories exhibition in Tower Museum (My great grandfather Thaddeus McErleans Diary is on display!) runs to 29th June.
  7. Walk the walls with Martin McCrossans Award winning tours
  8. Coen Brothers fans will love ‘The Big Lebowski’ themed night on 23rd June at Brunswick Moviebowl
  9. Join a circus class #Inyourspace
  10. Take a tour of the new Siege Museum 
  11. Go along to Bennigans Jazz Club @DerryJazz
  12. Join a cookbook club – From Scratch cookbook club 
  13. If you are between ages of 12 and 21 go along to the Interact Youth Festival 
  14. Take a course at the Fashion Hub, choose between weaving, fashion styling, how to draw like a fashion designer or learn adobe illustrator all details on the blog here
  15. Do the Waterside Half marathon – register here
  16. Or not so energetic have afternoon tea at the sublime Bishops Gate Hotel
  17. Visit Clipper Race Kitchens between 14th-17th July full prog here
  18. Do a Big Legenderry swim on 19th July
  19. Go to the Celtronic Music Festival from 29th June – 2nd July
  20. And of course – go on a #madeinderry food tour and experience the best food and drink our beautiful city has to offer!


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Is a #madeinderry food tour for me?

If you aren’t sure whether to come on a tour, read on to find out why you should!

  1. Experience the best of Derry’s food and drink scene all in one afternoon. You will visit 6 eateries and a pub (of course!) You will taste over 30 different food and drinks. You will need to bring your appetite and leave the car at home! *some clues to where we visit in photos below!*
  2. Learn about all the amazing local producers we have here. It is unbelievable the standard of local produce we have in the North West.
  3. To do something different. An alternative to a night out, or a pub crawl, a #madeinderry food tour gets you ‘under the skin’ of our beautiful city. Bespoke and private tours are available for hens/corporate and tourist groups.
  4. To met the people behind the food – chefs, brewers and owners. Connect with the passionate people in the city. Theres nothing like getting to know the person behind the food, learning their story and feeling their passion.
  5. Met new people. We take a good sized group on each tour and by the end of the four hours lots of new friends are made.
  6. To find out about the City through the eyes of a local! The food tour developed from a desire to connect people to our beautiful city through the amazing food scene. The hospitality sector has grown so much in the past few years and I think we should be shouting more about just how good it is!

Book a space on Saturdays 19th November tour here

Tickets £47 pp

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The tour starts from building Eighty 81 in Ebrington at 12pm and lasts approximately 4 hours

You should dress for the weather – it is a walking tour so wear comfy shoes and bring a raincoat!

If you have any food intolerances please let me know when booking and we will do our best to accommodate where possible.

Read reviews from previous tour here

Any questions at all please feel free to contact me or on facebook

I look forward to welcoming you on a tour! 🙂

Well hello weekend…

…you’re looking well 🙂

A snapshot of some of the things happening in the City this weekend

  1. The BBC are here filming ‘Love in a Day’ capturing people doing things they love – organised events, walks, hobbies etc.The cameras will begin rolling at midnight on Friday 17th June through to midnight on Saturday 18th June and they are also inviting the general public to upload their videos showing them doing what they love during that day.
  2. We are celebrating our renewed Purple Flag status. We all knew it – but Derry really is a great night out! #safe #diverse #entertaining #enjoyable
  3. Its Fathers Day! If you still haven’t haven’t got the main man something yet, then why not grab a gift voucher for a tour. Better yet come on one with him and enjoy the City and our delicious food together. Available here

Check out Derry Live List for full listings of whats on

Also plan ahead to Next weekend

  • are you ‘Hard Enough? Hard as Oak – the 10k obstacle race is on 25th & 26th. Its the hardest in Ireland! Good luck to all the Million Dollar Fitness crew taking part on Saturday, they are an awesome bunch #teamwork
  • The NEXT FOOD TOUR  – tickets here

    If you’d like a slightly less challenging, not so many obstacles and more welcoming faces, scrummy food, mouthwatering drinks and lots of it then come and join me on a food tour! Saturday 25th is our second tour and after the success of the first one the tours are booking up well in advance which is fantastic. If you are interested you can get tickets here Don’t panic if there’s none left there will be more tours over the summer – see availability

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We are now also on Instagram if you’d like to stay up to date with all things #madeinderry give us a ‘wee’ follow!


A Good List


I LOVE  a good list, so here is a round-up of the first tour in 15 points!

  1. 15 enthusiastic people
  2. 8 different stops
  3. 1 gorgeous sun
  4. 7 different drinks
  5. One and ONLY Peace bridge
  6. 10,000 steps (Yes you will get your daily recommended step target in. But don’t worry its all on the flat & you gotta build your appetite between stops!)
  7. 1 Anniversary
  8. 2 Birthdays
  9. 15 new friends
  10. Over 100 new connections made with our local businesses and producers
  11. 1 return visit to a stop immediately after the tour finished. Success in itself
  12. 15 full bellies and satisfied faces
  13. 1 goodie bag
  14. 5 lovely reviews here

Book for our NEXT tour on Saturday 25th June Here

Stuck for a Fathers Day pressie idea?

 What about a food tour voucher? here


Fathers Day

Just incase you might have forgotten – its fathers day THIS Sunday!

If you haven’t managed to pick the perfect gift yet, why not get him a food tour voucher?

Give him the gift of a food & drink experience in beautiful Derry~Londonderry.

Gift vouchers are available here

…Or better yet why do the tour aswell and have some quality time together!

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