Going local at the Bay Restaurant

Did you know that the Bay Restaurant at Mount Stewart sources all its ingredients locally whenever possible? We'd like to introduce you to some of our local suppliers, so you know exactly what's on your plate at your next visit.

    Ards fruit & vegetables

    Corn, broccoli, and assorted other fruit and veg

    Suppliers of fresh, local produce to consumers within a 5 mile radius. Ards Fruit & Vegetables has a close link with local vegetable and fruit growers within the area, ensuring that we get the freshest produce at the best market price. The business has been established for 35 years, and endeavours to accommodate customers with special requests.

    The current seasonal favourite is pamphrey, better known as spring cabbage, which is particularly special to Northern Ireland. A traditional recipe from the region is Colcannon Mash - pamphrey fried with bacon and mixed with mashed Comber potatoes, butter and seasoning.


    Ards Fruit & Vegetables
    197 Belfast Road
    BT23 4SU

    Oatlands Fruit Farm

    Red, ripe strawberries.

    Some 20 years ago, Jim and Hilda Law and their family established their fruit business, which now consists of 20 acres of summer fruits. The farm supplies fresh strawberries, raspberries, currants (red, black and white), gooseberries (green, golden and red), loganberries and tayberries whenever the various fruits are in season. This is also one of only a few pick-your-own farms in Northern Ireland, and provides customers with a wide variety of fruits that are difficult to find anywhere else within the region. The fruit is picked and delivered within hours to ensure that it reaches us at peak quality.

    The Bay Restaurant at Mount Stewart uses these seasonal fruits in its ever-changing menu, to prepare dishes such as apple and raspberry tarts or rhubarb, strawberry and orange crumble, or the ever-popular fresh local strawberries with Glastry Farm ice cream.


    Oatlands Fruit Farm
    42 Kilwarlin Road
    Hillsborough, County Down
    BT26 6DZ

    H & J Carnduff Butchers

    A tray full of juicy broiled sausages.

    This family business has now been established 17 years, and staff include two brothers and their sons and nephews. The Carnduff butchers supply Northern Ireland with quality assured beef, pork and lamb and Northern Irish chicken. The Northern Ireland Quality Assurance scheme guarantees you quality, safety and traceability. The butchers make all their own beef and pork sausages and supply them to Mount Stewart, along with all our other pork, beef and lamb products.

    A popular dish on the menu here at Mount Stewart are their homemade pork & leek sausages, served with onion gravy and mashed potatoes.


    H & J Carnduff Butchers
    19 Conway Square
    BT23 4DZ

    Glastry Farm Ice Cream

    Lavender growing in a National Trust garden.

    The Taylor family has been farming dairy cows and producing milk at Glastry Farm since 1856. They use the premium quality milk from their own dairy herd to produce the richest, creamiest ice cream imaginable. It is made fresh every day, in their own modern creamery.

    Glastry Farm supplies Mount Stewart with a whole range of delicious ice cream flavours like as Vanilla Bean,  Rhubarb and Custard, Yellowman Honeycomb, Strawberry Blonde, Chocolate Heaven and the sumptuous Killybeggan Irish Whiskey, along with the specially-commissioned Mount Stewart Raspberry and Lavender ice cream.

    The lavender used comes directly from Mount Stewart - it grows right here in the formal gardens.


    Glastry Farm Ice Cream
    43 Manse Road
    Kircubbin, County Down
    BT22 1DR

    Other local suppliers

    Bins of shrimp and other seafood.

    Cotton Cookies
    36 Cotton Road,
    Bangor BT19 7QG

    Windmill Cake Company
    Windmill Business Park,
    Saintfield BT24 7DX


    Kevin Townley
    (Supplier of Vegetables)
    285 Killaughey Road
    Donaghadee BT21 0LY

    JT Seafood
    87 Main Road
    Newtownards BT22 1JD

    Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt
    Clandeboye Estate
    Bangor BT19 1RN

    Connoisseur's Bakery
    5A William Street
    Newtownards BT23 4EH

    Sullivan's Event Catering
    Orange tree House
    1 Portaferry Road
    Greyabbey BT22 2QA