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Anne Neary of Ryeland House

The end of one era and the start of another

It is with a strange mixture of sadness and excitement that we will be hosting our last barbecue at Ryeland on the 11th of June. We are sad to be leaving Ryelands after so many years but are, at the same time, very excited to be starting the next stage of our journey.

After 32 wonderful years we will be leaving Ryeland House and moving to the new Ryeland Lodge currently under construction close to the entrance to the property. Anne will continue to deliver bespoke classes to a smaller number of people in a purpose build space.

We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and unfailing support throughout the years and for all the fantastic memories and fun times. We will naturally be sad to leave but are very excited at the prospect of this new beginning. It is expected that the move will take place towards the end of June, so if anyone would like a night in Ryeland House before the move we would be delighted to welcome you all here.


We are excited to announce the return of a very special masterclass and demonstration on the handling and preparation of fish and shellfish on Saturday 21st of May. On arrival you will be served scones and coffer prior to the start of the demonstration, which will be delivered by Liam, a fishmonger from the famous Billy Bourks fish shop in Waterford, Liam will explain how to choose fish that is really fresh and will demonstrate how to prepare it for cooking. When Liam has finished preparing the seafood, Anne will show you how to cook it to perfection. Tastings will go on throughout the demo and lunch will be served at approximately 1:30, with an estimated finish time of 3pm. Lunch includes starter, seafood main, glass of wine with coffee and dessert to finish. Liam will also have a selection of seafood for you to purchase if you would like to try the recipes at home.

Anne intends to continue with her new, gastro tour venture based around the delights of Kilkenny City when people can travel again. To get an idea of what will be available check out her tasting tours at www.kilkennytastingtours.com for more information. They are a great way of introducing visitors to the beautiful place we live in.

Last year we hosted several small group (maximum 14 people) Corporate Team Building events at Ryeland House which were a great sucess. Rebuilding teams after Covid will be vital and if you are looking for an alternative to the usual team building activities we would be delighted to discuss the various options available.
We are also be offering our catering service for private events and dinner parties of various sizes and would love to help you with your special occasion.If you would like to talk to Anne about catering for your special event feel free to contact her by phone [086-2767656] or email [ryelandhouse@gmail.com].

If you are thinking of hosting a special event to celebrate post Covid and you are looking for somthing different why not have a customised event at Ryeland House. You are guaranteed a great athmosphere and of course some really fabulous food. We can plan your event with you to ensure that it really meets your needs.

Ryeland House Cookery can also cater for your special occasion [that significant party or after wedding event] at the location of your choosing.

To hear more about the customised services offered by Ryeland House Cookery contact Anne by phone [086-2767656] or email [ryelandhouse@gmail.com] for menu ideas, etc.

Customised Classes, Hens & Stags: We have recently hosted some very enjoyable Hen Nights for ladies who were looking for something a little bit different. Hen partys can be booked for evening or day times and range from full cookery classes to hands-on scone and bread making sessions.

We would also like to remind you that Ryeland House caters for groups of people who might like to book a customised class for themselves and their friends as an alternative evening out. Anne will devise a special class based on your requests and you can also bring your own wine.

As well as running her popular classes at Ryeland House Anne is also the author of two cook books. There is a review her book "Food for Sharing" by Conor Kane in the Irish Examiner (Friday 7th Oct 2011) and you can read it here. Gift vouchers are available from here.

Information:  Don't forget that Anne's radio production "The Cookery Slot" goes out at 11.30 am every Thursday morning during the Sue Nunn show "On the Record". During the show Anne has lots of tips and help for listeners and you can find some of Anne's fabulous Ryeland House Cookery School recipes here on the radio station's website.

Anne has also worked with various schools and colleges to develop and deliver cookery courses that combine the theory of cooking with a very strong practical element. In all her work, Anne's focus has been on the creation of great tasting, wholesome food made with the best possible local ingredients. Throughout her career Anne has been a very strong advocate for local Artisan food producers and has strived to pass this passion on to her students. She feels that cooking is an activity that should be enjoyed and Anne has a fresh, fun approach to her classes.