From a small tea and coffee station selling home baking in the corner of one of the shops, the Avoca food experience has taken on a life of its own. It's what many of our customers think of first with Avoca. Indeed, a couple of our stores now have not just one, but two rather gorgeous cafés, like The Egg and The Bird Cage Cafés at Avoca Rathcoole and The Fern House and Sugar Tree at Kilmacanogue. Powerscourt, Belfast, The Mill, Mount Usher and Moll's Gap all have fabulous food too. And on the coast south of Dublin, we've a standalone Food Market and Café called Salt in Monkstown.
You'll find contact details for all our waitress service café and the self-service cafés in the stores at the MORE tab above. You can also download our Take-out Catering Menu here or below which takes the hassle out of any dinner party, big family get-together or business lunch. There's a Sterling version on Avoca Belfast's page.
Avoca Cafés have been a fixture in the Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants each year since 1997 and they feature in good eating guides everywhere. But we don't need awards to tell us we're doing something right. Gratifyingly, thousands of people pull up a chair with us every week. The two original Avoca Café Cookbooks 1 & 2, published as a way to pass on much-requested recipes, to our enormous surprise became best-sellers, followed by a series of compact books, Soups, Salads & Tea Time. The most recent publication, Cookbook 3: A Year at Avoca has gratifyingly followed suit.
As with our clothing ranges and soft furnishings, detail is everything: use great natural ingredients - some we grow ourselves; prepare from scratch; be adventurous; offer value. And we stubbornly do things the long way (we tend to think of it as the right way), like having our own bakers start before 6.00am each day so we've fresh baking for our Cafés and Foodhalls.
It all began with a few homemade jams and chutneys brought in by some of our earliest staff. (Some of these recipes still bear their names.) Now our Avoca Pantry range of jams and marmalades, relishes and chutneys, mustards, oils and dressings form the backbone of our Foodhalls. These are packed with delicious, artisan food from home and abroad. Exotic ingredients, unusual coffees and teas, interesting sauces and much more cram the shelves. Some have fresh fruit and vegetables from local growers too.
Freshly-made Avoca salads, soups, gourmet sandwiches and tarts can be taken away from our delibars, as can many favourites off our Café menus. People travel for miles to get our house-baked breads. And some of the stores now have special cheese and charcuterie rooms too. Whilst others feature wine shops with an exclusive hand-picked selection from smaller, independent vineyards. And the smell of fresh baking fills the air.
And we have partnered with like-minded food suppliers in some of our Food Markets and Food Halls. Like James Whelan Butchers, Poulet Bonne Femme Rotisserie, Michie Sushi and Sprout Juices, Salads & Yoghurts.
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