Even though we're all practicing physical distancing and most of us are working from home, we still want to help support Irish food and drink producers.
We've decided to help our readers #ShopForIreland, so we'll be posting every day to highlight great food and drink businesses around the country. Get in touch on our social channels with your suggestions on who we should write about.
Ardkeen Stores, deliveries nationwide
The long-established Waterford food store Ardkeen now has a thriving online delivery business that includes weekly fruit and veg boxes. The essential fruit and veg box, for example, is €35 and is packed with things like organic leeks from Co Wexford, carrots and potatoes from Kilkenny, and parsnips from Co Waterford.
Other options include the ‘100 per cent Irish growers’ veg box for €25, and an Irish craft beer selection (twelve bottles for €44.95). See ardkeen.com.
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Hooked, Galway city
Seafood chowder, fish and chips, mushy peas, chip shop curry – if you live close to Hooked on Henry Street in Galway city, we say lucky you. The popular restaurant in the city’s Westend is now opening for takeaways 4pm to 9pm Thursday to Sunday.
Customers can call in their order on 091-581752, pay over the phone or with contactless on arrive, then collect their food. No one will enter the restaurant, with a perspex divide keeping everyone safe. Check their social for more details.
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Simply Fit Food, deliveries nationwide
If you need to fill your fridge – or the fridge of someone who is cocooning – with healthy meals, you’ll be interested in the bundles being offered by Simply Fit Food.
They range from €22.50 for a six pack of power bowls, up to €90 for a mixed case of sixteen meals, but if you use the ‘code stayhealthy20’ at checkout you can get a 20 per cent discount.
Delivery is free for orders over €60, and orders are dispatched every 24 to 48 hours depending on your location. Find out more here.