Derry has plenty of delicious LegenDerry food and drink options to help visitors stay warm this winter. From cozy cafés to fireplace-side restaurants and street food wonders to artisan bakers, the walled city is brimming with unique dining experiences for the whole family.
“The city has a thriving foodie scene year-round, but the winter months are when LegenDerry producers ramp up the delicious selection of comfort foods available throughout the city,” said Celina Horshy, president of the LegenDerry Food Network.
Street Food Legendary
There is nothing better than walking with your other half, or family, along the walls of the Old Town on a winter’s day. Derry has some great street food outlets to tempt all tastes.
2 North’s eclectic menu takes you on a journey to Brazil, Korea, the Middle East and beyond, and the atmosphere is warm and homely, with board games, travel books and great hospitality guaranteed.
Located along the city quayside, Pyke ‘N’ Pommes is a world-renowned street food restaurant with a choice of a brick-and-mortar sit-down restaurant or a converted double-decker bus serving delicious street food. Everything is made with locally sourced produce, from grass-fed wagyu beef burgers to tacos loaded with braised breast meat or tequila-spiced haddock.
Step into the award-winning Mekong Street Food and you will be transported to the tastes of Bangkok or Hanoi. The Rough Brothers has created street beer specifically for Mekong diners where Asian street food is served with a flair of LegenDerry.
Stephen Forbes, owner of Mekong Street Food and a member of the LegenDerry Food Network, said: “Derry’s emerging street food scene is great news for foodies as the quality available is top notch, across the city.
“I’ve been going to Thailand and Vietnam since I was 20 and fell in love with the food. A few years ago, I took my team to Asia to experience the joys of the kitchen firsthand so they could replicate the flavors using locally sourced food and give our customers a truly authentic street food experience.”
We get our seafood from Donegal Prime fish and vegetables come from Seasonal Produce and the White Oaks Acorn Project, all located in Derry. Our meat comes from Lisdergen Meats and McAtamney’s who have the highest quality produce that enhances our unique style of street food.”
On the first Saturday of every month, the Walled City Market serves up more great street food. This includes La Tia Juana, which serves authentic Latin American street food made with fresh, locally sourced, gluten-free ingredients with options for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. You can also visit Fairley Flavors which produces a small range of Pirigo sauce that allows people to make the most delicious South African dishes at home; The Lo & Slo Food Truck and sauces featuring delicious barbecue sauces, dry scrubs and street food delicacies are served with the heart and soul of LegenDerry.
Artisan food and drink producers are the heart of any food scene, and Derry has some amazing options.
Green Cat Bakery is full of tempting meringues, gravity-defying gateaux, traditional pancakes, coconut macaroons and decadent slabs of chocolate treats. However, at this time of year, it’s the winter LegenDerry soup that people flock to Eglinton.
At Scarpello, husband and wife team Kemal and Rachel have spent a decade perfecting wood-fired bread and pizza, and that passion is evident as soon as you enter Buncrana Road Bakery.
The Rough Brothers range of red ale, thick oatmeal, and faded ale is the real deal; Authentic, artisanal and totally cheerful. The Raw Brothers are serious when it comes to brewing – cheers for that.
Hidden City Café specializes in healthy, fair trade food, fresh roasted coffee, and organic tea. On the menu you’ll find a large variety of delicious salads, many of them vegetarian or vegan, gourmet sandwiches, stews, chowder and “soul in a bowl,” as well as a range of vegan cakes.
Primrose on the Quay prides itself on fresh, local produce made from scratch with great attention to detail. Enjoy finely crafted pastries and traditional oven-fresh bread made with recipes handed down from the owners’ grandmother.
Make the coffee properly
Look for the signature Silver Bean Coffee at local food festivals and events. Locals love their delicious home-brewed coffee, as well as their homemade pastries and nutritious soups full of flavour. Local ingredients abound and there is passion in every sip and bite.
Steps from the old city walls, The Craft Village is a hidden gem with plenty of lovely places to have a hearty breakfast, a lazy lunch, or a sumptuous meal at the newly opened Artis by Phelim O’Hagan. Other special places to eat include Browns Bonds Hill and The Sooty Olive.
the life is Nice
Available at the Walled City Market on the first Saturday of every month and at local food events, the Foyle Bubble Waffle Company produces sweet, soft and totally dreamy bubbles of waffle batter, made fresh in front of you and filled with goodies like berries with cream, honeycomb ice cream, And delicious sauces. They even have their own Nutz About Ye sauce, available to the public for purchase.
It works to raise the appetite
Odhran Dunne, CEO of Visit Derry, said: “Food plays a key role when choosing where to go on a short trip. Food and drink at Derry~Londonderry are fantastically diverse, from fine dining to emerging street eateries and cafés that offer classic winter warmth. The Walled City has plenty of activities to help you whet your appetite too with award-winning museums, boutique hotels, excellent shopping and unique experiences, so it’s a one-stop-shop for adventures.”
Check out www.visitderry.com for more information and visit legenderryfood.com to try more LegenDerry foods and drinks.