Four outstanding food businesses come together under one roof to offer Delgany a proper ‘food hall’ experience.
The Delgany Grocer is more than a shop: The Firehouse Bakery and Coffee House bakes and sells fresh bread; Farrelly’s Butchers supply the meat; Romany Stone offers a 120 seat cafe upstairs; the grocery itself supplies fresh vegetables, dairy products, dry goods, and fish.
There is a focus on locally-sourced produce running through all of the different sections. Perhaps more importantly, prices are surprisingly reasonable for a shop of this type. Meanwhile, the levels of service and quality is outstanding.
The Tinahely Farm Shop is the brainchild of Philip and Rebecca – former dairy farmers who have now opened up their beautiful south Wicklow farm to the public.
The main building houses a combined farm shop and delicatessen-style cafe. As well as farm produce such as tomatoes and eggs, the shop stocks high quality food products.
Local brands include Cathy’s Spelt products, Uncle Aidan’s Stoneground Flour, Tinahely Honey, and Coolattin Cheddar.
The cafe is decorated in a rustic but smart style – plentiful gingham, inverted metal pales for lampshades, and mini milk bottles for milk jugs – and the menu is similarly charming: fresh scones; boiled eggs; sandwiches.
Regular events are held at the farm. Basket making, vintage car rallies, and tours of the farm are examples of recent events.
Rebecca runs a popular pick-up vegetable box scheme from the farm.
Healthy Habits is a unique raw food shop and cafe located in Wicklow town.
Irish raw food vegans don’t have much eating choices outside central Dublin. But in Wicklow town raw vegans are spoilt by the Healthy Habits shop and cafe.
The shop sells lots of affordable raw food – nuts, seeds, pulses, wheatgrass, cacao, coffee etc. – as well all sorts of other health foods; it’s essentially like a cheap health food shop with a raw food focus!
Also for sale are materials to aid the adoption of a raw food diet; things like recipe books, dehydrators, wheatgrass systems, and seed sprouting trays. There’s an online ordering system on the Healthy Habits website »
The cafe and kitchen recently underwent major redevelopment and serves up dishes such as:
Raw pizzas, made using dehydrated ingredients for the base.
Colourful salads with zingy flavours from pestos and other sauces.
Healthy Habits is tucked away on Quarantine Hill, a steep one way street below the south end of Wicklow’s Main Street and very near the harbour area. Wicklow is served by commuter trains and the #133 Bus Eireann service.
Owners & Operators
Healthy Habits is run by a religious group called the Servants of Love. Staff at both shop and cafe are drawn from the group. Find out more on the Servants of Love website »
The Happy Pear is a popular vegetarian cafe and grocery in Greystones.
The Happy Pear epitomises the recent transformation of Greystones into a haven for foodies. Emerging from the ashes of a fruit and veg business on the same site, this “natural food market” specialises in fruit smoothies and organic, local produce.
The cafe serves up delicous vegetarian food, made fresh onsite. There are daily dishes, soups, coffees and a particularly excellent hot chocolate. Lunches and brunches here are particularly loved by vegetarians, coeliacs and those sensitive to dairy products.
The grocery next door has both organic and non-organic produce (nicely separated from each other). It sources its fruit, vegetables and other products from local, as well as national and international producers.
The success of the Happy Pear cafe and shop has spawned several spin-off enterprises:
Stephen & David Flynn are the twin brothers behind the various Happy Pear enterprises. These guys grew up down the road from their business and employ a cohort of smiley local staff.
The business occupies a two storey buildling on Church Road (basically at the top of Greystones Main Street). Access by DART and bus is easy. There’s outdoor seating but the indoor seating is not wheelchair accessible.
The Happy Pear is very much on top of its online game: the shop has an excellent website, with online ordering, a regularly updated blog, recipe ideas, as well as links to all the usual social media accounts.