The Menu: a bulletin board for Irish foodies

The Menu continues to offer his weekly column as an Irish food community bulletin board to, where possible, enable the evolution of alternative safe-selling business practices.
The Menu: a bulletin board for Irish foodies
Armelles, Kilcullen, Co Kildare: French cuisine, veggie fare, and more.

The Menu continues to offer his weekly column as an Irish food community bulletin board to, where possible, enable the evolution of alternative safe-selling business practices and enterprises that support the Irish food world in these challenging times. (In this constantly evolving situation, always confirm online.)


Dockland, Cork, takeaway menu (online) on Saturdays, including soups, curry, roast chicken, seafood pie, orders 12pm Wednesday to 5pm Friday, email: or tel. 021 427 3987. Timed deliveries to car boot.

The Twelve Hotel, Galway, offer drive-through takeaway (11am-7pm), including complimentary pizza and frittata for local first responders (Gardaí, fire brigade, medical personnel, on duty emergency staff). Delivery also available to vulnerable in the vicinity. Three-course dinner for two with bottle of wine for €60. Bakery Shop (8am-4pm) offers daily lunch specials, breads, pastries, wine, ice cream, jams, sauces, takeaway coffees.

A great Menu favourite, Pilgrim’s in Rosscarbery, operates Pick-up and Provisions with a daily changing menu posted 2pm each day. Phone to order from 3pm, card payment only. Thursday to Sunday. Also selling local produce including Pilgrim’s rye sourdough and polytunnel produce, local asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, chocolates, organic

Kalbo’s, Skibbereen, selling through a hatch, offer cold takeout meals eg stews and curries, and excellent brown bread, scones, cakes, tarts. Distanced queuing & selection. Orders also by phone, card payment only Tel 028 21515

The Pavilion Garden Centre, Ballygarvan, Co Cork, Contactless shopping at nearby collection point offering pre-cooked meals, Dave Matue’s fine sourdough breads and garden produce and online garden video consultations.

Armelles, Kilcullen, Co Kildare, French macarons, pastries, quiches, savoury crepes, stews, vegetarian dishes and more. Free local delivery or direct to car boot. Limited shop access. Menus daily on Facebook, all info on

The very splendid Pompeii Pizza, who usually operate from currently closed Franciscan Well, now doing online ordering/home delivery, selling woodfired pizzas and Yummie Foods produce.

Pompeii Pizza: Rising to the occasion
Pompeii Pizza: Rising to the occasion


O’Connell’s, Cork The renowned English Market fishmongers, offer home deliveries for those unable to make the Market or Bishopstown Court, vacuum-packed to requirements, suitable for freezing. Tel. 021 427 6380 Email Gannet Fish/, Galway. Nationwide delivery of Irish only fresh and frozen fish and free delivery in Galway city. Over 65s free delivery. Minimum order €15 prepaid with contactless delivery. Also available by click&collect, collect pre-ordered, pre-paid from Ballybane outlet or markets in Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Moycullen, and Galway Saturday’s Market.


Le Caveau, one of The Menu’s most favourite wine importer/distributors offer a fine selection of organic and natural wines. Curtailed retail shopping in their Kilkenny outlet and online ordering delivered to your door in the 26 counties. Also available through ( Bradley’s Specialist Off Licence & Food Store, North Main St, Cork, continues to operate curtailed access to one of the finest range of craft beers in the country, along with top Irish indie spirits and wines. Online sales as well.


The Real Bread Ireland roster of baker-members providing alternative means of procuring superb bread grows by the day, latest additions including Bread & Roses (Cork), Beatha Bread (Waterford), Bacús Bhreannáin (Dingle), The Stuffed Olive and Organico (both in Bantry), and Durrow Mills, the latter also producers of a range of organic more easily digested sprouted flours available online. A genuine slow-proved sourdough is truly the staff of life, and a few loaves frozen in the freezer would keep an average family going for a few weeks. Further details


Excellent West Cork Coffee is available to purchase online with a 20% discount on all their coffees along with free shipping (ROI only) and the Roastery, in Innishannon, continues to remain open to the public. Menloe Stores, in Blackrock, an excellent supporter of local growers and producers have also added Golden Bean coffee to their range (also available online.


The list of premium Irish Independent craft butchers offering superior quality meats delivered to your door, also suitable for freezing, is also on the rise.

Tom Durcan Meats, English Market Cork, offering local deliveries and next day deliveries nationwide, including renowned Durcan’s spiced beef. Tel 0214279141 James Whelan Butchers, Clonmel, offer home deliveries including free next day delivery for all orders over €100.


The Menu’s most favourite pub of all, Levis Corner House, in Ballydehob, continue with a restricted access (no children U16 or babies, two customers at a time) version of their Wednesday Market Shop offering Coolagh Bakes bread, local veggies (including Lisheen Greens) and plants. Car boot drop is also available as is local deliveries for those confined to home.

Joe’s Farm, grower/producers of Joe’s Farm Crisps and potatoes and veg, also stalwarts of Cork farmer’s markets have opened a Farm Shop at the gate of their Killeagh Farm, in East Cork (P36 X582), open Thurs to Sat, 10am-6pm. Tel. 087 6329334

St Tola Goat’s Cheese, Co Clare, are selling their very wonderful goats cheese at vastly reduced prices, from the farm shop and from The Cheese Press, in Ennistymon, and until they set up their online shop, are selling online by email (, including next day delivery.

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