Drumanilra will be closing its doors in Boyle on the 21st September 2019 while we get to work on the next phase of our “food from the farm” project. It has been seven years since we moved back to Drumanilra Organic Farm. The kids have grown and so have our plans. We now have everything in place to begin work on the opening of three premises here in the North West, all with the mission to to serve local food, sourced from our own organic farm and other small producers, with the highest regard for animal welfare and environmental sustainability, and which, above all, tastes fantastic!
“Drumanilra by the Sea” will open in Strandhill in the Spring of 2020. We plan to offer our organic burgers, steaks and salads from the farm, teamed with sustainably sourced, local seafood, and served with “direct from the vineyard” organic wines and Irish craft beers. We will offer breakfasts featuring our organic sausages and rashers from the farm, as well as locally roasted coffee, organic baked goods and a healthy kids menu all day. Our Farm Kitchen in Boyle, this year, won the “Best Free From” award in Connacht at the Irish Restaurant Association Awards. We look forward to catering to gluten free diets and other food intolerances, as well as offering an extensive organic vegan and vegetarian menu.
The “Drumanilra Farm & Eco Shop”, Carrick-on-Shannon, will open towards the end of Summer 2020. Customers will be able to buy our organic farm produce, including meats from our organic butchery, and salads and vegetables from our garden. We hope other local food and craft producers will join us in providing a unique range of products for locals and visitors to the area. A small bakery will offer a range of organic, sourdough and “free-from” breads and patisserie. Customers will be also be able to “bulk-buy” organic dry and frozen goods, eco cleaning materials and household goods, reducing cost and packaging use. Our shop will avoid the use of single-use plastic and help householders do the same. For those wishing to try their hand at producing food at home, the shop will offer a range of gardening, small-holding, home-brewing, curing and fermenting products. A café on site will enable customers to try our organic burgers, sandwiches, salads and cakes, before stocking up in the shop, as well as offering a day-time take-out and “cater at home” service.
Meanwhile, we will be getting to work on our building project here in Boyle. We hope to start work on the new “Drumanilra Farm Kitchen” in Boyle next year, with an opening planned for 2021. The plans include an extensive farm shop and family friendly restaurant with outdoor garden space, as well as a micro-brewery and demonstration kitchen. The flag ship building will act as a venue for a calendar of events throughout the year, focused on promoting organic, sustainable food and farming methods.
That project will be closely tied to investment here on the original family farm. We are already working towards putting in place infrastructure to accommodate visitor open days and events at the farm itself. Visitors to the farm will be able to complete their food experience by learning the story first-hand, of how the food served in our shops and cafes is produced.
We’ll be spending the Winter months preparing for the next phase of our project. We have had an amazing few years working here in Boyle and it will be an emotional day for us when we close the doors of the old Drumanilra Farm Kitchen for the last time. We want to thank everyone locally and our customers from further afield, for making the project the success it has been so far. This is an exciting time for our family, and we hope, for organic food, farming and sustainable living, in Boyle and the wider area.
If you’d like to get involved with our project, as a team member or as a supplier, we’d love to hear from you! You can get in touch via the contact page here on the website. We will be posting updates on our progress here on the site, and on our facebook, twitter and instagram accounts. Exciting times ahead!
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