Achill Mountain Lamb
CALVEY FAMILY FARM - ACHILL ISLAND
Calvey family farm Mayo Blackface Mountain lambs. They have the freedom to graze all over Achill island from the mountains to the rocky seaweed shores - munching on wild herbs, heathers, grasses, mosses, lichens and seaweed. The lamb are slaughtered by the family in their local abattoir. That’s why this meat is bursting with flavour. You can still taste the sweet herbs and salty air on the plate.
MAYO BLACKFACE MOUNTAIN SHEEP ARE CRUCIAL PLAYERS IN THE ACHILL ECOSYSTEM
Achill has a unique coastal grassland called the Machair found only in the western seaboard of Ireland and Scotland. Keeping the machair landscape healthy is the job of the Blackface Mountain sheep. By eating down the grasses, they allow lots of native flowers to bloom, which in turn attracts beetles, caterpillars and snails. Birds like the Chough love it here. This highly intelligent crow species that is rare in Europe, but has a stronghold on Achill island.
TWOCOOKS ACHILL MOUNTAIN LAMB SHOULDER
The Achill Mountain Lamb is on our October Menu and it is served with Aubergine-Miso Puree, Polenta, Fig and Goats Cheese.