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Bite-Size: our weekly food and drinks news round up

Gin cruises, a new cheese toastie pop-up and how you can support a good cause with your next cuppa

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This week’s Bite Size is a lucky dip of news stories from all over the island  - with a little something for everyone.

For starters, there’s food and drink-themed cruises on the beautiful Carlingford Lough, between Co Louth and Co Down, and a new one-stop shop for wines, beers and more in Co Kerry.

Not to mention a new cheesy pop-up for Dundrum in Dublin  - and we also have info on how you can support a very good cause with your daily cuppa. 

One-stop shop
Dick Mack’s pub in Co Kerry has launched The Bottle Library, the brainchild of Finn MacDonnell and chef/author, Trevis L Gleason. It offers a range of classic wines, rare whiskeys, and Dick Mack’s own Brewhouse craft beer and it also houses the town’s largest cigar selection. There’s an emphasis on food and wine pairing, with staff on hand to offer advice and the Bottle Library is also teaming up with local producers and takeaways to offer discounts on bottles. For more see dickmackspub.com

A good brew
McEntee’s Fine Teas, a family-run business in Co Louth, has teamed up with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) to raise awareness and funds for the IHF Bereavement Support Line. Launched in June 2020 the helpline has received over 1500 calls since it began. Ten cents from every purchase of McEntee’s Loose-Leaf Master Blend Tea will go towards this important service. You can buy the tea here or you can pick up an Irish Hospice Foundation sunflower gift set here.

The Bereavement Support line is a national freephone service available 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday – call 1800 80 70 77. 

Cheesy does it
Griolladh is opening a pop-up food truck at Pembroke Square at Dundrum Town Centre this Friday. Known for its more-ish cheese toasties, it also serves up coffee and a range of pastries. The new food truck menu will feature the popular Hambo (pulled ham with a marmalade and mustard glaze and signature cheese blend), the OG (an original cheese blend) and other popular flavours including Potato-O (Bombay potato, wilted spinach and signature cheese blend). griolladh.ie

Drinks ahoy

Carlingford Lough Ferry, which crosses Carlingford Lough between Greenore, Co Louth and Greencastle in Co Down, has added some new options for the summer. The pedestrian-only cruises are outdoor socially distant events and take about two hours. There’s an Oyster & Guinness Cruise, run in conjunction with Carlingford Oyster Company, the award-winning oyster producers and the new Carlingford Lough Summer Gin Cruise in collaboration with the Woodland Distillery in Dungannon. Tickets (€45 per person) are sold in pairs on a shared table basis, or in fours on a private table. It's also possible to add additional seats for a maximum of six people per table. carlingfordferry.com/cruises