The Madden Family outside The Summerhouse c. 1940
The Lismore Food Company brings together three artisans who share a love of fine ingredients and a lifetime of experience in food. Beth-Ann Smith’s family history in food stretches back to Smith’s Stores, a fine food delicatessen and bakery on Cork’s Patrick Street. Having trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School she is now the head chef at Lismore Castle. Brothers Owen and Ken Madden’s family opened a bakery and public house on Lismore’s Main Street in the early 1800’s. Now called ‘The Summerhouse’ and home to The Lismore Food Company, they continue this rich tradition of baking in the same historic location.
In October 2014 the ‘three biscuiteers’ combined their cookery and baking expertise to launch a range of fine sweet biscuits – beautifully packaged in ‘hot’ orange tubes with a golden disc inspired by the work of the late Irish artist Patrick Scott. A year later they launched two outstanding savoury biscuits as an homage to the coastline of Ireland and 2016 saw the introduction of a delicious and exciting new confection – a ‘Dark Chocolate Apple Crisp Thin’ as the perfect accompaniment to a coffee after dinner! The Lismore Food Company’s products are available in stores and fine food location across Ireland and the UK and now in a growing number of countries around the world.