Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Sweet 16 for Sligo Food Trail. Members still open for business

Sweet 16 for Sligo Food Trail
Members still open for business with creative solutions to Covid crisis
Nook: Grazing Box with Wine

Although the Covid-19 restrictions have hit food businesses very hard, 16 creative members of Sligo Food Trail are still open for business. From cafes and coffee roasters to brewers and egg suppliers, they are offering some great food and beverage, often in innovative new presentations. With the Restaurants Association of Ireland claiming that a staggering nine out of ten restaurants are facing permanent closure, every bit customers can do to help a local food business is both important and appreciated. 
Here are some examples of Sligo Food Trail enterprise:
Nook Café in Collooney are taking orders from Monday for a Saturday pick up. Their wonderfully named Grazing Box (cheese and charcuterie) with wine is perfect for that weekend treat. There’s also a great choice of their regular dishes on offer. 
The new Sweet Beat Café online shop offers an innovative Build Your Own Sweet Beat Burger Box with everything you need for plant-based perfection at home. Orders are taken online for collection on Saturday or Sunday. They also offer online ordering of freshly made dinners, lunches, sweet treats and sides prepared daily. They are serving drinks, smoothies and treats from the hatch on Bridge Street, 7 days a week 9am-4pm. 
Pudding Row Café in Easkey have delicious boxes of goodies for collection or delivery. Their Comfort Box is already proving a real winner packed with goodies like bagels, brownies and caramel squares. Alternatively, the Build A Box option is like a pick ‘n’ mix of tasty treats. 
Shells Café have put together an innovative Brunch Bag which changes every week. Order and pick up at the Baker Boys Café in Strandhill. Their tempting Treat Box is packed with favourites and sent out on Thursdays. Orders of breads, muffins, cookies, quiches, tarts and more are by phone (083 3474673) for collection Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-1pm.
Dinner isn’t complete without a delicious drink to match and Lough Gill Brewery are busy with their online shop offering cases of individual beers (in cans) or a mix n’match box if you think variety is the spice of life. 
The Hatch at The Little Cottage Cafe
Some members are also supporting the FeedTheHeroes initiative, providing essential and nutritious meals to frontline heroes fighting COVID-19.
Sligo Food Trail are encouraging everyone to support small food businesses today – it’ll be a great experience and could be the difference between a business surviving these unprecedented challenges.
The Jam Pot in Grange has launched a Call and Collect Menu with all the favourites from brown bread, scones and brownies to beef and Guinness hotpot, curries and a goats cheese quiche. Order by 3pm Thursday for Saturday collection or delivery. Call 087 1644228.
Kate’s Kitchen in Sligo Town is open online and have a new grocery section too. They’re offering Click and Collect on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (12-2pm) and on Saturday (9am-12pm). Limited local delivery is available for €5 (and national delivery for €7.50). Fare includes their popular homemade dinners, scones and treats. 
Davis’s Restaurant at Yeats Tavern have a large takeaway menu including pizza and wines which can be ordered from their website (or phone 071 9163117). 
The Gourmet Parlour are taking orders online or by phone to 071 9144617 for a large menu with everything from breads, scones and cakes to soups, salads and mains. They also have gluten free options. 
The Little Cottage Café have a drop by station at their hatch with a full range of takeaway coffees, teas and drinks as well as scones, croissants, breads and bakes. They’re open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm. 
Sligo Wellness Centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30am-6pm and Saturday 9am-6pm. They are encouraging pre-ordering and pre-payment by phone (071 9153828) and can arrange delivery in Sligo Town too. As well as drinks and smoothies, organic oat bread, oat scones, banana bread, carrot cake, muffins, fresh salads, daily hot pots, goats cheese tarts, soup, vegetarian lasagne and frittata are all on offer. 
Lyons Café and Bakeshop are taking orders by text to 087 4050429 up to Wednesday at 6pm for collection on Friday and Saturday mornings. Walk in customers are also welcome – but be warned everything is selling out fast. The range includes takeaway dinners for eating or freezing, sourdough breads, cornbread and baguettes. 
Ballysadare Eggs are open for free range egg collection, just call Anne (087 2734903) and collect direct from the farm.
Murson Farm in Grange have an honesty box system for eggs and have a wonderful range of homemade goodies like sausage rolls, scones, breads, potato bread, granola cakes, salad greens and preserves available by pre-order for Tuesday and Saturday collection. Local delivery is offered to the F91 eir code area. Contact them on 087 8218080 / 087 7984076.
Hooked restaurant have a new takeaway menu full of their signature favourites and are open 12 to 7 pm, Thursday to Sunday, for call and collect orders. Payment is contactless. Phone 071 9138591 to pre order and pay.
Carrow Coffee are selling online and their aromatic brews are also available in Kate’s Kitchen. Sweet Beat and Sligo Wellness Centre.

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