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We are a Second generation family-owned, 100% independent business based  in the heart of Cork City.

Mr. Bells began in the early 80’s when Driss Belmajdoub a native of Morocco and a Chef by trade, began selling Herbs, Spices, Olives and a range of ethnic foods in The English Market that was not available anywhere else at the time.

driss chef photo

“In Cork city it’s still so worth a visit to Mr Bell in the English market from whom I’ve been buying ‘ethnic’ ingredients for over 30 years” Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School.

“Cork has always had a good supply of exotic ingredients; The English Market had Mr Bells before such places were fashionable”. Denis Cotter, co-owner of Café Paradiso

“Mr Bell has a range of spices any Arab, Indonesian, Chinese or Indian would want,”  Declan Ryan of the Arbutus Lodge Hotel.