Eat Locally – The Olive Tree Kitchen, Moycullen

The Olive Tree Kitchen at Wildlands, Moycullen, was just ready to open last year when lockdown postponed dining indoors. However, the new arrival was soon very popular in the Moycullen and wider area of Galway with takeaway orders. 

Having imported a specialist Firebrick Neopolitan pizza oven from Italy, the Olive Tree Kitchen earned a name for its delicious pizzas. The handmade dough is proved for 48 hours before topping with tasty ingredients. They make traditional Italian pizzas with a Wild Atlantic Way twist.  

Not only was the pizza oven imported, so too was the real olive tree growing in the middle of the restaurant. It’s a great spot for a photograph.  

Flooded in natural light from the floor to ceiling windows, the Oliver Tree Kitchen offers the best seat in the house to look out onto the aerial trekking and zip-lining courses.  There are five kms of aerial ziplines to explore at Wildlands. 

Watch the daredevils at the outdoor adventure centre, while enjoying the best that Galway food has to offer.  Everything is freshly prepared every day in the kitchen using locally sourced ingredients. The Olive Tree has its own vegetable patch on site. 

Olive Tree Kitchen Wood Fire Pizza

The menus are extensive, with a variety of dishes for casual dining to fine dining in the evening. There is also a great range of cocktails to choose from. We had a delicious charcuterie board for starters and a tasty seafood linguine for mains. There are also extensive vegetarian and began menus. See the menus here.

For the quick snack, a sandwich, or a freshly baked pastry the Wildlands Wagon, a former German postal van in the grounds, has a great selection of treats. 

In keeping with current trends, the Olive Tree Kitchen has an extensive outdoor covered area for groups and al fresco dining. 

The Head Chef is Richard Casburn, pastry chef and baker is Mary Faherty and Sous Chef is Tom Farragher. 

The Olive Tree is open from Thursday to Sunday from 9am – 8pm 

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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