Irish Black Butter

A great new taste of Ireland...

Irish Black Butter

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Irish Black Butter

The Irish Black Butter Company opened for business in October 2017.  Alastair Bell  who had a background in farming took time out from his events and  farm model customisation business  to explore the potential for an exciting new business.

"During last year's successful Year Of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland  I was inspired by the enthusiasm and drive of local producers  taking  great local produce  to home  and overseas markets. That inspiration has motivated me to launch   'a new taste of Ireland' which is Irish Black Butter. It was a combination of bygone days spent  in the serenity of the Garry Bog near Ballymoney  cutting turf  and enjoying homemade scones or pancakes with apple jelly  and time spent  picking apples on the family farm which  were the seeds of inspiration for  Alastair's new venture - Irish Black Butter. Based at Portrush in County Antrim,  Alastair teamed up with experienced chef Paul Clarke,  the managing director of the award winning En Place Foods at Cookstown in County Tyrone to create the perfect recipe for the very first Irish Black Butter product.

Containing Armagh  Bramley  Apples, the butter which isn't actually a dairy product - features  cider, brandy, treacle and a blend of spices which conjure up a  smooth cross between sweet and savoury."The Armagh Bramley Apple is a lovely tasting apple which can be used in so many different ways just like Irish Black Butter.   In many respects  I have long thought that we could have even more innovative products   using local apples."

Influenced by the many exciting developments during last year's successful Year of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland,  Alastair approached Paul Clarke at En Place Foods for advice on how to develop this apple  based product which he had in mind. Paul was tremendously  supportive  and helped to perfect the ingredients and recipe for the butter. The ensuing Irish Black Butter has a delicious flavour, a rich warm aroma with  a firm texture. The Butter which is dark and rich can be used in a variety of ways. It makes an ideal accompaniment for cheese and cold meats, for use as a glaze on  ham, a spread on toast, soda farls or with scones and cream. Drawing together sweet and savoury this is truly a versatile product and  'a new taste of Ireland.'

Paul Clarke, who has won a series of UK Great Taste Awards for innovative products including jams and sauces has said. "It's great to see another original product developed using Armagh Bramley Apples, which have EU PGI status. Irish Black Butter is an outstandingly tasty and balanced product with nice acidity."

Irish Black Butter is produced in 225g jars and there are plans to develop larger catering packs for food service.

The Irish Black Butter adventure starts right here. We invite you to please join with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as on our website and help 'spread' the word to friends and family, far and near who would love a new taste of Ireland -  Irish Black Butter.

Stockists Irish Black Butter

County Antrim

Montgomerys, Ballymena  37-39 Ballymoney St, Ballymena BT43 6AN

Hillstown Farm Shop 128 Glebe Road, Aghogill, Randalstown Road BT41 3DT

McKay Family Butcher
1 Ann Street, Ballycastle BT54 6AA

McMurrays Butchers Shopping Centre  954 Antrim Rd, Templepatrick.  BT39 0AT

The Green Room Farm Shop 97a Drones Road, Ballymoney BT5S 8XA

McListers 17 - 19 Ann Street, Ballycastle BT54 6AA

Cantley's Spar 39-41 Eglinton St, Portrush BT56 8DX

Salad Bowl,  Dunluce Ave, Portrush BT56 8DN

R & J Hillis / Giftware Ireland, 27-29 Main Street, Portrush BT56 8BL

Leona's Tea Room at Magherabuoy House Hotel, 41 Magheraboy Rd, Portrush BT56 8NX

The Bank House 12 Edward Rd, Whitehead, Carrickfergus BT38 9QB

Causeway Coast and Glens Visitor Information Centre, Bushmills

Causeway Coast and Glens Visitor Information Centre, Ballycastle

Causeway Coast and Glens Visitor Information Centre, Ballymoney

Londonderry Arms Hotel  20 Harbour Road, Carnlough, Ballymena BT44 0EU

The French Rooms, 45 Main St, Bushmills BT57 8QA

Winnies 1975, 69 Main Street, Broughshane BT42 4JP

AELIE DUTY FREE Belfast International Airport

The Gobbins  77-83 Gobbins Rd, Larne BT40 3TB

McAtamneys Traditional Butchers, 5 Main St, Ballymoney BT53 6AN

McAtamneys Traditional Butchers, 7-11 Thomas Street, Ballymena, BT43 6AU

McAtamneys Traditional Butchers, Unit 1 Galgorm Court, Fenaghy Road,, Galgorm BT42 1GQ

Green's Food Fare, 23-25 Bow St, Lisburn BT28 1BJ

Blackthorn and Willow, 2-8 Castle Sreet, Glenarm, Ballymena BT44 0AP

Wee Cottage, Dunluce Castle, County Antrim

Granny Shaw's Fudge Factory, 12 Castle Demense, Glenarm, Ballymena BT44 0BT

Take Thyme Delicatessen, 38 Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus BT38 7DP

County Down

Irvines Butchery 112 Abbey Street Bangor, BT20 4JB

Gibson's Family Butchers,
15-19 The Square, Ballygowan, Newtownards BT23 6HY

Orr's Butchers, 56 High Street, Holywood BT18 9AE

Quails Fine Foods,  15 Newry St, Banbridge BT32 3EA

Linen Hill,  The Outlet Banbridge, Banbridge BT32 4LF

Fred Elliott Butchers, 24 Bridge Street, Banbridge BT32 3JS

The Poachers Pocket, 181 Killinchy Road, Lisbane, Comber BT23 5NE

Indie Fude, 30 Castle Sreet, Comber BT23 5TF

The Heatherlea, 94-96 Main Street, Bangor, Co. Down. BT20 4AG.

Morelli's, 49b High St, Donaghadee BT21 0AQ

Carlisles Fresh Foods, 105 Belfast Rd, Ballynahinch BT24 8FF

Mawhinney Family Butchers, 110 Frances Street, Newtownards BT23 7DY

County Armagh

The Meat Merchant,  9 Moira Industrial Estate, Old Kilmore Road, Moira, Craigavon BT67 0LZ

The Yellow Door, 74 Woodhouse Street, Portadown, County Armagh, BT62 1JL

Moyallon Farm Shop, 124 Moyallan Rd, Portadown, Craigavon BT63 5JY

McAnerneys, 22 Irish Street, Armagh BT60 4AD

J D Hunter & Co.  7 Mowhan Road, Markethill,County Armagh BT690 1RQ

County Tyrone

Kennedys Bacon  30 Glenhordial Rd, Omagh BT79 7JT

Drumgold Country Fayre  57 Drumgrannon Road, Moy Dungannon BT71 7DY

Deli On The Green,
19 Beechvalley Way, Dungannon BT71 7BN

County L/Derry

Belfry Deli - 4 Abbey Street, Coleraine BT52 1DS

Killure Farm Shop  232 Drumcroone Road, Coleraine  BT51 3SQ

Strawberry Fayre 1 Blagh Rd, Coleraine BT52 2PG

Warke's Deli  1 Carrig Na Cule, The Promenade, Portstewart BT55  7TD

Corndale Farm  Unit 1, Aghanloo Industrial Estate, Aghanloo Rd, Limavady

Glenn's Butchers 5 Anderson Park, Limavady BT49 0TF

Primrose Derry  53/55 Strand Rd, Londonderry BT48 7NR

isitor Information Centre, 44 Foyle Street, Derry BT48 6AT

Angler's Rest      660 Sea Coast Rd, Limavady BT49 0LG

Salad Bowl Farm Shop,  Articlave

Causeway Coast and Glens Visitor Information Centre, Limavady

McAtamneys Traditional Butchers, 13-15 Abbey St, Coleraine BT52 1DS

J C Stewart, 1 Union Road, Magherafelt BT45 5DF

Crawfords, 18-21 Main St, Maghera BT46 5AE

Marshall Howe, 27 Market St, Limavady BT49 0AB

Village Fruit and Veg,  Unit 6  Benbow Industrial Estate, Eglinton. BT47 3DX

Belfast Area:

Sawer's Deli  

5-6 Fountain Centre, College Street, Belfast BT1 6ES

Arcadia Deli 378 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 6JL

Corries Farm Butchers , 380 Upper Newtownards Rd, Belfast BT4 3EY

Corries Farm Butchers, 400 Lisburn Rd, Belfast BT9 6GN

Corries Farm Butchers, Ormeau Road, Belfast

Underground Artisan ( Co Couture ) 7 Chichester Street, Belfast BT1 4JA

Titanic Centre, 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9EP

Paper Cup Titanic, 13 Block11 ARC Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3


Sheridans Cheesemongers, Church Yard Street, Galway

Sheridans Counter, Ardkeen Quality Food Store, Dunmore Road, Waterford

McAteers The Food House, 14 Clanbrassil Street, Townparks, Dundalk. County Louth A91 W273

Strandfield, Ballymascanlon, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Coffee Time, Park Street, Townparks, Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91

Sheridans Cheesemongers,  Virginia Road Station, Pottlereagh. Kells  Co Meath

The Lime Kiln Pantry, Main Street, Julianstown. County Meath

Cunningham's SuperValu Ratoath, Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, County Meath

Kates Kitchen, 3 Castle St, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo

The Counter, Letterkenny, County Donegal

Sonas Health Foods, 9 The Square, Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

64Wine, 64 Glasthule Rd, Glenageary, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, A96 TH22

J W Smyth, Strand Rd, Burrow, Portmarnock, County Dublin

Sheridans Cheesemongers Concession, Dunnes Stores, Unit 4 Swords Shopping Centre, Rathbeale Road, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 HH36,

The Stuffed Olive, 2a Bridge Street, Carrignagat, Bantry, Co. Cork,


Sheridans Cheesemongers,   11 South Anne Street, Dublin 2

Evergreen, 34 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Ray Collier Butchers, 3 Main Street, Howth, Dublin, D13 X064

Mortons Food Store, 15-21 Dunville Avenue, Dublin 6

The Village Butcher 121 Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland

Sheridans Cheesemongers Concession, Dunnes Stores, Unit 10/11 Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, D02 RD4

Sheridans Cheesemongers Concession, Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt Shopping Centre, Bray Rd, Cabinteely, Dublin 18, D18 C7W

Lilac Wines, 117 Philipsburgh Avenue, Fionnradharc, Dublin 3, DUBLIN 3,

Lotts & Co, 7 S Lotts Rd, Beggar's Bush, Dublin 4, D04 AC97, Ireland

Gerry's Fresh Foods, 31 Strand Sreet, Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Bread and Butter Gourmet Market, 94A Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland

Nolan's  Supermarket, 49 Vernon Ave, Clontarf, Dublin 3

If you wish to stock Irish Black Butter or would like it stocked in a shop near you, please contact Alastair on 0773 2266502 or email :

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