Sustainability & Sourcing

We can only produce great food with fantastic ingredients. Provenance and integrity of our food has always been at the core of our beliefs, so we bake our own bread, cakes and patisserie and have a network of fantastic local and artisan suppliers who we have been working with for many years.

It makes sense to us to source food this way, supporting our incredibly important Agri-Food sector and artisan producers, ensuring that the money we spend is kept within the local economy. We believe that the return in terms of reducing food miles, improved traceability, flavour, authenticity and outstanding quality that we offer our customers is worth it.

As our business is diverse in terms of cafes, delis, outside catering and our wholesale bakery, we may not have every supplier listed in every place or at every event. However, below is a list of our core suppliers and “go-to” producers, as well as products which we love to retail if we have the space.

Suppliers

Dairy

  • Draynes Farm – milk, cream, buttermilk, ice cream
  • Clandeboye yoghurt
  • Glastry Farm – ice cream
  • Abernethy butter Irish butter

Meat and Poultry

  • Carnbrooke Meats – beef, lamb, pork (incl heritage and rare breeds) and free-range poultry
  • Kennedy Bacon – dry cured bacon
  • Pallas Foods – Hereford Beef
  • Grants – dry cured bacon
  • Quails Butchers for sauasges
  • Lisdergan Butchery
  • Rockvale Poultry – free range chicken
  • Ardal Farm free range pork
  • Pinkertons pork

Eggs

  • Fruitfield Farm free range eggs
  • Cavanagh free range eggs

Craft cidermakers, apple juice and craft brewers

  • Armagh Cider company
  • Longmeadow Cider
  • McIvor’s Cider
  • Whitewater Brewery
  • Hilden Brewery
  • Mourne Mountain Brewery
  • Hillstown Brewery
  • Kilnasaggart Mead

Spirits

  • Jawbox gin
  • Shortcross gin
  • Jacquard gin
  • Boatyard gin
  • Ruby Blue vodka
  • Echlinville Distillery
  • Hinch Distillery

Tea and coffee suppliers

  • Suki tea – Fairtrade, organic, Rain Forest Alliance tea
  • Green Bean coffee roasters (Our unique blend of Fairtrade Coffee)
  • Thompson Family Teas – Punjana tea
  • Solaris – organic tea

Cereals

  • Andrews Flour
  • Whites’s Oats and organic oats

Fruit and Veg

  • A.McKeown and Son – Annaghmore mushrooms, Comber potatoes, Armagh Bramley apples etc etc
  • Conway Farm produce
  • Yellow Door Kitchen Garden
  • Wilson’s potatoes
  • Nathan Loney – Armagh apples

Retail products

  • Broighter Gold rapeseed oil
  • Burren Balsamics
  • Longmeadow cider vinegar
  • Natural Umber – organic cider vinegar
  • Country Preserve
  • Brambleberry Jams
  • Erne Larder Preserves
  • Peppup Sauce
  • Deli Muru
  • Amberline Preserves
  • Honey from various local beekeepers and Yellow Door Kitchen Garden
  • Melting Pot fudge
  • Sea Sugar Sweets
  • Lickalix organic ice lollies

Fish and Seafood

  • Ewing Seafood – Glenarm organic salmon, coley, rope grown mussels, managed oysters
  • Keenan Seafood

Sustainability

We take our environmental, ethical and social responsibilities seriously. We understand that our business activities have an impact on the environment and we need to mitigate that.

All our take-away food packaging will soon be made exclusively from plant material and will be fully compostable.

We recycle as much as we possibly can (dry recyclables, cardboard, food waste) and are actively working towards zero waste to landfill.

We have made a commitment to eliminate single use plastics.

We also compost on-site wherever it is appropriate.

As well as being passionate about local food and drink, we believe it is important to give something back and to support those within our local community.

We use 2 social enterprises as suppliers; Clearer Water from Co. Antrim for our bottled water and Wee Choco from Co. Down for our delicious hot chocolate.

We treat our staff fairly and feed them well whilst at work; we encourage staff who would like to learn more and study for qualifications at the same time.

We understand the effort that goes into growing and producing proper food. To learn more about our journey into growing view the Kitchen Garden page.

See our environmental policy here.