From cozy cafés to fireplace-side restaurants and street-food wonders to artisanal bakers, the Walled City is brimming with unique dining experiences for the whole family, explains Selena Horshy, president of the LegenDerry Food Network.
“The city has a thriving foodie scene all year round, but the winter months are when LegenDerry producers condense the delicious selection of comfort foods available throughout the city,” said Celina.
There is nothing better than walking with your other half, or family, along the walls of the Old Town on a winter’s day. To keep Derry warm, Londonderry has some great street food outlets to tempt every palate.
2 North – The à la carte menu takes you on a trip to Brazil, Korea, the Middle East and beyond and the relaxed and family atmosphere, with board games, great travel and hospitality books guaranteed.
Pyke ‘N’ Pommes – 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, located along the pier. Everything is made with locally sourced produce, from grass-fed wagyu beef burgers to tacos loaded with braised brisket or haddock drizzled with tequila.
Mekong Street Food – Step into this award-winning street food restaurant and you’ll be transported to the tastes of Bangkok or Hanoi. The Rough Brothers event 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 cuisine firsthand so they could replicate the flavors using locally sourced food and give our customers a truly authentic street food experience.”
“Our seafood comes from Donegal Prime fish and vegetables come from Seasonal Produce and the White Oaks Acorn Project, all of which are located in Derry. Our meats come 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 carnivores, 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 food 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 dining scene, and Derry Londonderry has some amazing options.
Green Cat Bakery – Filled with tempting meringues, gravity-defying gateaux, traditional pancakes, coconut macaroons and decadent bars of chocolate treats. However, at this time of year, it’s the winter LegenDerry soup that people flock to Eglinton.
Scarpello Husband and wife, Kamal and Rachel have spent a decade perfecting wood-fired bread and pizza, and that passion is evident as soon as you step into Buncrana Road Bakery.
Rough Bros – Their range of red beers, oatmeal oats and faded beers are the real deal; Authentic, artisan, and totally cheerful. The Raw Brothers are serious when it comes to brewing – cheers for that.
Hidden City Café – Specializing in healthy, fair trade foods, fresh 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 Pavement – prides itself on fresh local produce, made from scratch with the utmost attention to detail. Enjoy delicately crafted pastries and traditional home baked goods fresh from the oven made with recipes handed down from the owners’ grandmother.
Look for the signature Silver Bean Coffee at local food festivals and events. Locals love their delicious home-brewed coffee as well as homemade baked goods and nutritious soups full of flavour. Local ingredients abound and there is a passion in every sip and meal Silver Bean is happy to share.
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.
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, candid bubbles of waffle batter, made fresh in front of you and filled with goodies like berries, cream, honeycomb ice cream, and sauces. Delicious and they have their own Nutz About Ye sauce, available to the public for purchase.
Odhran Dunne, CEO, Visit Derry, said: “Food plays a major role when deciding where to go for a short trip. The food and drink at Derry~Londonderry is fantastically varied, from fine dining to emerging street eateries and cafés offering 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 one place for adventures.”
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