Born to be Wild – Wildlands restaurant has its grand opening in lockdown

galway daily food Born to be Wild - Wildlands restaurant has its grand opening in lockdown

While the move to Level 5 lockdown this week is seeing businesses close across the country, with many fearing for their long term future, Wildlands in Ballyquirke is pushing ahead with the opening of their restaurant, the Olive Tree Kitchen, which was already scheduled for this week.

The Olive Tree Kitchen will be offering a takeout menu with something for everyone when it opens for the first time this Friday, October 23.

Combining a delicious pizza menu, a selection of hot dishes, sandwiches, salads, sweet treats and bakery options, alongside a dedicated children’s menu, the Olive Tree Kitchen will open weekly Thursday to Sunday from 9.30am to 8pm for takeout in compliance with government Covid-19 guidelines.


The menu uses locally sourced ingredients, along with vegetables gathered daily from the vegetable garden on site. Under the creative eyes of a talented team of chefs led by Head Chef Richard Casburn, the Olive Tree Kitchen will offer customers honest, fresh, nutritious food which will ignite taste buds and nourish the body and mind.

Richard has years of experience in delivering the highest quality food and is ably assisted by Theo, his long-standing sous-chef and pastry chef and baker Marek, who joins the team from the award-winning Corrib House Tea Rooms in Galway city, a sister business of Wildlands. 

The signature pizzas are prepared to order from a Firebrick oven, handcrafted in Naples.  The dough is handmade in house daily, proved for 48 hours using the timeless methods of traditional Italian pizza makers, and topped with the finest, freshest local ingredients.

Other options include traditional homemade fish and chips, chicken and sweet potato curry, homemade chicken goujons, Richard’s daily roast and much more.

Lunch options also include healthy sandwiches on house firebrick ciabatta or treacle bread, together with salad and vegan options.

Freshly baked daily treats are the perfect pick me up after a forest walk, washed down with a delicious coffee from award-winning Irish Supplier Fixx.  

Wildlands Adventure Centre was opened in August 2020 amid the current pandemic by the local Moycullen brother and sister duo, David and Faye Bohan.

We believe we have something special here and the excellent feedback and positivity to date from our customers of all ages has been hugely motivating to us in the opening of the Olive Tree Kitchen,” David and Faye said. 

We’re in extraordinary times and it’s important to remain positive and move forward – hence our decision to continue with our plans for The Olive Tree Kitchen even if limited to takeout for now.

“We are excited and ready to deliver an authentic and honest food experience here in Ballyquirke.”

David and Faye thanked everyone who has supported Wildlands to date. The adventure Centre is currently closed in line with Level 5 restrictions.

For updates check out and for Olive Tree Kitchen takeout contact WhatsApp 087 6270140, call 09155317 or follow social media channels Facebook and Instagram for more information.