From cozy cafes to restaurants by the fireplace and street food wonders to artisan bakers, the walled city is bursting with unique dining experiences for the whole family, explained Selina Horshi, president of the LegenDerry Food Network.
Selina said: “The town has a thriving foodie scene all year round, but the winter months are when our LegenDerry producers increase the delicious selection of more delicious comfort food available throughout the city.”
There is nothing better than a walk with the other half or the family along the old city walls on a winter day. And to keep you warm, Derry ~ Londonderry has some incredible street food places to tempt any taste.
2 North – the eclectic menu takes you on a journey to Brazil, Korea, the Middle East and beyond, and the atmosphere is cozy and homely, with board games, travel books and great hospitality guaranteed.
Pyke ‘N’ Pommes – an internationally acclaimed street food bar with a choice of a brick-and-mortar sit-in restaurant or a converted double-decker bus serving delicious street food, located along the quay. Everything is made from local ingredients, from grass-fed Wagyu beef burgers to tacos filled with porter braised breast or tequila battered haddock.
Mekong Street Food – enter this award-winning street food eatery and you will be transported to the taste of Bangkok or Hanoi. The Rough Brothers event created a Street Beer specifically for Mekong diners, serving Asian street food with LegenDerry flair.
Stephen Forbes, owner of Mekong Street Food and a member of the LegenDerry Food Network, said: “The new street food scene in Derry is good news for foodies as the available quality is top notch throughout the city.
“I have been traveling to Thailand and Vietnam since I was twenty and fell in love with the food. A few years ago, I took my team to Asia to experience the joy of the kitchen first hand so they could copy the flavors using locally sourced food and give our customers a truly authentic street food experience.
“We get seafood from Donegal Prime Fish and vegetables come from Seasonal Produce and the White Oaks Acorn Project, all based in Derry. Our meats come from Lisdergen Meats and McAtamney’s, which have unique quality products that highlight our own unique style of street food. “
The first Saturday of every month, Walled City Market offers even more amazing street food. This includes La Tia Juana’s, which serves authentic Latin American street food made with fresh, local gluten-free ingredients with options for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans. You can also visit Fairley Flavors, which produces a small batch of Pirigo Sauce that allows people to create their own South African delicacies at home. And Lo & Slo Food Truck and Sauces, which has delicious barbecue sauces and dry rubs and sensational street food served with LegenDerry heart and soul.
Craft food and beverage producers are the heart of any food scene, and Derry ~ Londonderry has some incredible choices.
Green Cat Bakery – bursting with tempting meringues, gravity-disturbing gateaux, traditional pies, coconut macaroons and decadent plates of chocolate trays. But at this time of year, it’s their LegenDerry winter soups that are making people flock to Eglinton.
Scarpello – The husband and wife team, Kemal and Rachel, have spent a decade perfecting their wood-fired sourdough bread and pizzas, and that passion is palpable as soon as you step into Buncrana Road’s bakery.
Rough Bros – their selection of red ale, oatmeal stout and pale ale is the right item; authentic, handcrafted and downright lovely. Rough Brothers are serious when it comes to brewing – hooray for that.
Hidden City Café – specializes in healthy food, fair trade, freshly roasted coffee and organic tea. On the menu you will find a large and eclectic selection of delicious salads, many of them vegetarian or vegan, gourmet sandwiches, stews, juicy and ‘soul in a bowl’, plus a variety of vegan cakes.
Primrose on the Quay – is proud of fresh local ingredients, made from scratch and with a great attention to detail. Taste delicately crafted pastry and home-made, fresh-from-the-oven traditional baked goods made with recipes passed down from the owners’ grandmother.
Keep an eye out for the distinctive Silver Bean Coffee silver car at food festivals and local events. Their delicious house-mix coffee is loved by the locals, as are their homemade trays and nutritious, flavorful soups. There are plenty of local ingredients and there is passion in every sip and bite that Silver Bean is happy to share.
A few steps away from the old city walls, The Craft Village is a hidden gem with lots of lovely places for a hearty breakfast, lazy lunch or a delicious meal at the newly opened Artis by Phelim O’Hagan. Other specialty restaurants include Brown’s Bonds Hill and The Sooty Olive.
Foyle Bubble Waffle Company, available at Walled City Market on the first Saturday of each month and at local food events, produces sweet, soft and instantly dreamy bubbles of waffle dough, made fresh in front of you and stuffed with treats like berries and cream, honeycomb ice cream and delicious sauces, and they even have their own Nutz About Ye sauce that the public can buy.
Odhran Dunne, Visit Derry Chief Executive, said: “Food plays a key role when choosing where to go on a short trip. Food and drink in Derry ~ Londonderry is fantastically varied, from fine restaurants to a new street food scene and cafes serving classic winter heaters. The Walled City has plenty of activities to help whet your appetite with award-winning museums, boutique hotels, great shopping and unique experiences, making it a one-stop-shop for adventure. ”
To hear from some of Derry ~ Londonderry’s LegenDerry producers, check out this link https://youtu.be/IQflFStVU7k.
Log on to www.visitderry.com for more information and https://legenderryfood.com/ to experience even more LegenDerry food and drink. To hear about some of Derry ~ Londonderry’s