Nicky's Star Turn
It's been a good year here in Nicky's Plaice. Our food range has expanded to include more artisan products from Irish suppliers. We've added to our food to go menu and our fresh fish and seafood range. Most of all, we've won a few awards for our Irish Organic Oak-Smoked Salmon. We'd like to thank everyone for the support, from all the good wishes, to everyone who dropped in during the year or visited our online shop. We appreciate it so much. Here's to 2018 and everything that it brought us. Here's to our wonderful customers in 2019 too - from Nicky and all the family!
2018 Great Taste Award Winner
The Great Taste Awards have been described as the "Food Oscars", supporting food and drink producers throughout Britain and Ireland. A Great Taste star is a coveted thing and we were delighted to be a 2018 recipient. There were over 13,000 entries from food and drink producers in this year's competition, with Ireland punching well above its weight, so to be among some top class Irish artisan winners has us all beaming.
We run Dublin's only remaining open fire smokehouse, right here on the West Pier in Howth. We always thought our Irish Organic Oak Smoked Salmon was pretty tasty; we're proud to say that other people do too. Awards aren't everything, but they're pretty nice when they come along!
Blas na hÉireann Silver Medalist in 2018
The Blas na hÉireann, Irish Food Awards are the biggest in the country, with over 2,500 products entered in 2018. "Research has shown that the Blas accreditation has the highest recognition amongst Irish consumers and using the award logo on packs encourages shoppers to buy these products. It is their guarantee of a top quality Irish product". This year Nicky's Plaice won a silver medal for our Irish Organic Oak Smoked Salmon .
We headed off to Dingle at the start of October where the judges blind tasted our salmon. The judging system is tough; developed by Blas na hÉireann with the Food Science Dept of UCC, it's "now recognised as an international industry standard". We were thrilled to win silver.
Nicky's Award Winning Irish Organic Oak Smoked Salmon
The fish we use for our award winning smoked salmon, is sourced from sustainable farms off the west coast of Ireland. It's hand filleted, sprinkled with salt and then set to smoulder over our open fire, for hours. We tend the fire throughout the process, to get just the right balance of smoke throughout the fish.
One of the things about smoking your own fish, in the very place you sell it, is knowing the energy, time and care that goes into it. When we put our smoked salmon on our shelves, we have a sense of pride. It's a nice feeling when customers ask about about where the fish is smoked and we can just point to the next door, where the smokehouse is.
Where to get Nicky's Smoked Salmon
Nicky's Plaice Irish Organic Oak Smoked Salmon is available by dropping into our shop on the West Pier in Howth. It's a really nice addition to a special meal and it's a perfect Irish artisan product for hampers and gifts. You can also buy our smoked salmon from our online shop.
About Nicky's Plaice
We're a family run business on the West Pier in the Dublin fishing village of Howth. Opened in 1961 by fisherman Nicky McLoughlin, we've now three generations of the family working together to bring you the best in fresh fish and seafood, the best home smoked salmon and seafood snacks to go at weekends.