One of the few things that's made us optimistic in the middle of Ireland’s COVID-19 crisis is seeing the ingenuity and adaptability from so many restaurants, producers and suppliers. While we know it’s not possible for everyone to turn themselves into an artisan Amazon overnight, we’re heartened to see that more and more delivery services are being launched and we now have new ways of getting quality products to our doorstep. Here are some of the suppliers currently delivering to Dublin, but given the rate of change we’ve seen over the past three weeks please be aware that service and delivery areas may change at short notice, so do contact suppliers if you’re not sure of what’s available in your area - we’re sure they’d love to help you out.
Meat, Fish, Dairy
Starting from €35 and giving you lots of opportunity to stock your fridge and freezer with cheese, hams, bacon, salami, and chorizo, Gubbeen Farmhouse's delivery boxes are customisable to suit your needs. Though we’re sure we can all agree that a chorizo catering pack is what we all need right now. Delivery nationwide is €10 and you can see more details on www.gubbeenfarmhouseproducts.com.
Kish Fish are delivering their fresh fish and smoked salmon with a €25 minimum spend and free next-day delivery. Details are available from www.kishfish.ie where you’ll also find lots of great recipes.
Judging by the amount of orders Sheridans are managing online it looks like we’re not the only ones seeking solace in a slab of Brillat-Savarin at the moment. Their online shop is packed full of cheeses, meats, wines, crackers, dips, sauces… pretty much everything you could hope for during a global pandemic. Delivery is €5 but free on orders over €100. There’s currently a note on their website to say that demand is high so plan in advance.
On The Pigs Back
On The Pigs Back are operating a collection service from their premises in Cork but a flat delivery fee of €15 will give you ample opportunity to have French and Irish cheeses, charcuterie, meats, meals and pates delivered to your door. See their selection here.
We’re not sure if we’re allowed to get excited about anything at the moment, but hearing that Andarl Farm, home of that amazing velvet pork chop that’s been blazing across Dublin restaurant menus, are now delivering was a welcome distraction. Their full range is available from www.andarlfarm.ie but the one that really caught our eye was a special offer to keep the whole family happy. For €75 including delivery you’ll receive a cool box containing beef, lamb and pork mince, Angus steaks, pork steak, belly and chops, sausages, rashers and a 4lb piece of gammon.
Cashel Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers
The folks at Cashel Cheesemakers have teamed-up with other Tipperary suppliers like The Apple Farm and Cooleeney Farm to create boxes containing cheese, juices, yogurt, meats, and preserves. Prices start at €58 and delivery is free. See www.cashelblue.com for details
F.X. Buckley is now offering home delivery. A breakfast pack starts at €22 or fill your freezer with a range of steaks for €110. There’s also a box of Andarl Farm pork chops, lamb cutlets, and sirloin steaks that should see a family of meat-eaters through the week for €68. Details are on www.fxbuckley.ie.
James Whelan Butchers
Lots of products and recipes are available from James Whelan Butchers where delivery is €10 or free on orders over €100. See www.jameswhelanbutchers.com for info.
The Whole Hoggs
You can order pretty much every pork product you can think of (and also duck eggs) from The Whole Hoggs - cured ham, lots of varieties of sausage, pork burgers, fillets, chops, loins, basically the whole hog... Details on www.thewholehoggs.com.
Fruit and Vegetables
While Hussey Fruit and Veg seem to be supplying many retailers at the moment, they’re also delivering boxes of fruit and veg to homes. As well as their usual A-grade suppliers like Ard Mhaca Shiitake, Ryan's Rhubarb and Drummond House garlic, they've also teamed up with people like Velvet Cloud and St. Tola to help keep their products moving, so it's well worth a look if you’re keen to have fresh fruit, vegetables, and dairy delivered each week. The basic fruit and veg box is €25 (including a 10kg bag of potatoes) with add ons extra. Information is available by phoning 01864300 or email your order to email@example.com, and they should be set up for online ordering very soon.
The Green Grocer, Stoneybatter
Home delivery of fruit, vegetables, groceries, eggs, and cupboard staples is available from The Green Grocer in Stoneybatter. They don’t have a website but an extensive stock list has been posted on their Facebook page. Call them on 01 7071854 to order.
The Fruit People
They're more commonly known for office deliveries, but with most offices closed you might want to consider The Fruit People for fruit and veg boxes delivered to your home. A small box is €30 and a large €40, and you can also add on snacks, tea and Tartine bread. All the information you need is on their website.
Probably best known by All The Food readers for Chapelizod café BaaBaa, catering company Black Sheep Foods has launched a range of boxes to cover all solitary scenarios. The breakfast box includes pastries, fresh juice, organic eggs, sausage rolls, granola pots, and a sourdough baguette; the Irish cheese and charcuterie grazing box is full of charcuterie, cheese, seasonal fruits, breads, crackers and dips, and there’s even an Easter Box with chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, and seasonal treats. Or you can arrange a weekly juice box drop to ensure you’re getting all of your vitamins. Delivery is free in Chapelizod or €5 to Dublin City area and is contactless. All details are on www.blacksheepfoods.ie.
If Friday nights are starting to feel a little samey, plan ahead by ordering a kit from BuJo in Sandymount and you’ll have all the burger patties, brioche buns, cheese, pickles and burger sauce you need to mark the end of another week. Each box contains enough to feed eight people (making 4 single burgers, and 4 doubles) and comes with full assembly instructions. While originally just available for delivery in D2 and D4, the meal kit is now available across Dublin and priced at €40 (inc. delivery), which works out as €5 a burger - a bargain. Orders must be placed online at www.bujo.ie where you’ll see details of their next delivery dates.
It turns out Forest Avenue's ingenuity extends outside of the kitchen too. Sandy and John Wyer have turned their D4 dining room into a neighbourhood grocery store and they’re working with suppliers like Hussey Fruit and Veg, Niall Sabongi’s Sustainable Seafood Ireland and McNally Family Farm to keep customers stocked-up at home. You can also grab homemade pasta, bread, baked treats, prepared meals and even flowers to recreate the experience at home until you can next book a table. You can visit the shop (with social-distancing measures enforced), book a click-and-collect slot, or arrange delivery. See forestavenuerestaurant.ie for information.
Avoca is doing what it does best - keeping us well-stocked with basics, meals and lots of treats. Delivery is €5.50 nationally but free if you’re within 10km of Avoca’s Rathcoole, Monkstown, Kilmacanoge, Dunboyne, Ballsbridge, Mount Usher or Malahide stores. Their product list is extensive covering cupboard essentials, pasta and sauces, chilled goods, meats, prepared mains, wines and baked goods. There’s also a food parcel to feed a family of six for the guts of a week featuring items like shepherd’s pie, lasagne, breads and cakes. Priced at €225 it’s not the cheapest way to feed your family, but a good option when your head might need a break from all the stress and planning. Click here for details of available products and details of how to order from your local store.
Fallon & Byrne
In a similar vein to Avoca, Fallon and Byrne are offering fruit, veg, prepared meals, meat and fish, breads and cakes, cheese, charcuterie and grocery items. It also might be one of the only places to have a consistent supply of flour, for now. Details on www.fallonandbyrne.com.
Wondering where on earth to get gochujang, black rice vinegar or frozen dumplings right now? Praise the Lord, Asia Market on Drury Street delivers. It's long been one of our go-to spots for pretty much any ingredient you could need to create fantastic Asian meals at home, and delivery is a flat fee of €7.50. You can see everything in stock on www.asiamarket.ie.
Bread, Cakes and Chocolate
For those of us lucky enough to have Bread 41 within 2kms, we’ve been spoiled with fresh daily bread, croissants and sausage rolls. While they did shut for a while following the additional lockdown restrictions, they're once again open and not just taking pre-orders but also delivering locally. It’s a new offering and it’s possible that we’ll see some adjustments as they iron out any teething problems, but keep an eye on www.bread41.ie for information. Public Service Announcement: order the hot cross buns if you get a chance - they’re the best we’ve ever tasted, and our research in this area has been pretty thorough.
If you’re in need of a treat (and let’s face it, who isn’t right now) Mud Bakery has started delivering across Dublin so you can now get pecan cookie sandwiches and torched-meringue topped salted caramel brownies right to your door. Delivery starts from €5 and all information is on www.mudbakery.com.
One of our favourite small producers of luxury chocolates is Lorge Chocolatier in Kerry, who deliver across Ireland for €5 and offer free delivery on orders of over €50, so it really does make fiscal sense to stock-up. If you’re quick, you may even be able to grab an Easter egg. If not, we’re big fans of the Reglise – a box of 48 handmade chocolates. Check out www.lorge.ie.
If you ever get a chance to visit The Chocolate Garden of Ireland workshop in Co. Carlow, you really should. However, from the comfort of your own home, you can order their products online. From novelty items (chocolate sliotar and hurley anyone?) to hampers and boxes of chocolates, there’s a huge selection on www.chocolategarden.ie.
Robert Bullock has turned his business Le Patissier, which usually supplies restaurants and cafés, into a one-man show for now, and his Mulhuddart-based industrial kitchen is turning-out amazing cakes and pastries for collection. Delivery is currently available in Malahide, Swords, Rush, Lusk, Portmarnock and Skerries, and more locations may be announced soon. Check out their creations, including the mixed patisserie box (€30) that we can't stop thinking about, at www.lepatissier.ie.
Tea & Coffee
Also check out Siopa Éire, set up by Edward Coombe from Brötchen (the food stall selling German pretzels and plates at Twilight Evening Market and Honest2Goodness), a directory of Irish food producers doing online delivery being updated weekly - www.siopaeire.com.
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