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“There is nowhere else like it, and Ardkeen is a true treasure of the South-East.”
McKennas Ireland Guides
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our journey since 1967

Ardkeen Quality Food Store is an independent food retailer based in Waterford City. The business was founded by Robert and Pamela Jephson in 1967 as a small grocery store with petrol pumps out the front, then serving a largely rural community that was only beginning to become suburban. 
The business has grown and changed with the community over the years and is now run by Robert & Pamela’s three sons, Colin, Kevin & Gerald.  Core to our business are strong relationships with customers, suppliers and staff. These relationships have enabled us to source better foods from smaller suppliers, remain competitive and deliver great customer service, we also have fantastic customers who value food quality and provenance. These key points of difference have enabled Ardkeen to thrive in a market dominated by international brands.

Our eCommerce store ardkeen.com has further strengthened our reputation as specialists in Ireland's artisan and locally produced food, with over 1000 items for sale, and delivering worldwide!

Ardkeen Quality Food Store were the first retailer to be recognised by Euro-Toque Ireland for their ‘outstanding contribution to Irish food’ and are also listed in the prestigious McKenna’s Ireland Guides as well as recipients of many accolades including The Irish Times Best Shop and listed among Irish Independent’s Best Artisan Food Stores.  

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1950
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1967
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1967
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1972
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1987
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1998
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2002
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2017 - present
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our accolades

We are delighted to be listed in the prestigious McKennas Ireland Guides, Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide and have been awarded many accolades including Retail Excellence Ireland Awards, Best In Fresh Awards across departments and most recently named Best Shop in Ireland by The Irish Times.

artisan food & greengrocer
Best shops award

ardkeen food heroes

After 52 years in business we recognise a true Food Hero when we meet them! Let us introduce you to some of the best bakers, makers, smokers, growers, farmers and producers in Ireland...
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comeragh mountain lamb

A truly unique and delicate flavour thanks to the lamb’s diet of herbs, heathers, wild flowers and natural spring water, supplied by Willie Drohan, a sixth-generation shepherd

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Highbank Organic Orchard

The fertile Kilkenny limestone soils of Julie and Rod Calder-Potts farm are uniquely suited to produce delicious apples and apple juice organically.

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Blackwater Distillery

Peter Mulryans inspiration for his inaugural release Blackwater No.5 was botanicals from the 19th century archives of White’s of Waterford, the country’s largest importers of spices.

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tom cleary [wexford]

A sought after as a supplier to the southeast’s very best restaurants. Tom grows truly fantastic cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot, leeks and salad leaves, but also specialty veg like kohlrabi, celeriac, purple sprouting broccoli.

Great Food, direct from our community of Irish Producers, Growers & Farmers.

We bring you the best of Ireland's food artisans; from farmers, growers, brewers, distillers, charcutiers, cheese-makers, to fish smokers and scratch bakers.

excellent
fast & reliable delivery
an Irish family business for over 50 years
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