WHILE THESE SERVICES MAY NOT LAST FOREVER, RIGHT NOW THESE PLACES OFFER THE CHANCE TO PICK UP GREAT FOOD …
While we scramble about trying to adjust to the new ‘normal’, Ireland’s restaurateurs have risen to the many challenges they face, in a bid to save jobs and livelihoods countrywide.
In Dublin, John & Sandy Wyer of Forest Avenue in Dublin 4 have led the charge by converting their neighbourhood restaurant into a greengrocers to meet demand and hopefully allow them to retain staff. With a wide selection of fresh bread, vegetables, pasta, readymade meals, fresh meat and fish available, they also offer the option to shop via video call with a staff member and they will deliver locally. www.forestavenuerestaurant.ie
In Phibsboro, the popular Two Boys Brew is doing something similar, having morphed from coffee shop into miniature grocery store selling homemade cakes, pastries, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables and excellent Root & Branch coffee. www.twoboysbrew.ie
Baa Baa by Blacksheep Foods in the riverside village of Chapelizod has started something similar with their delicious pastries, cakes and sausage rolls available market style from behind the railings of their small patio area. www.blacksheepfoods.ie
The Cliff Townhouse has also launched a takeaway service (weekends only) where the menu includes, among others, indulgent Fish Pie and Crab Claws with Garlic Butter and Toasted Sourdough. www.cliff.ie
Bread 41 on Pearse Street is open for takeaway baked goods and coffee, along with free sourdough starters to encourage home baking. Bread 41 will also be a pick-up point for vegetable boxes from McNallys Fruit and Veg, which may be ordered online and collected on a Saturday morning. www.breadnation.ie
Sunil Gai of Pickle fame (which remains closed) has chosen to share some of his sought after recipes via his Instagram page. www.instagram.com/pickleby_sunil/
In Galway, The Twelve Hotel in Barna has a drive-through takeaway service for lunch and dinner, while also extending their gratitude to local first responders by offering free meals. www.thetwelvehotel.ie
In Cork city, restaurant Nash 19 has closed its Sternview Gallery and the restaurant but remains open for takeaway scones, ready meals and of course, the all-important coffee. www.nash19.com
Lastly in Wexford, ‘The Local’ at Dunbrody House has now introduced a new takeaway only pizza menu with pre-order and card payment only accepted. www.dunbrodyhouse.com
Sadly, Michaels in Mount Merrion has taken a break from offering a takeaway option, as has China Sichuan in Sandyford although given the demands required to comply with social distancing guidelines, this is perhaps the sensible decision for them. We look forward to seeing their doors open again soon.
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