The Delgany Grocer

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.

Wicklow Wine Company

The Wicklow Wine Company stocks a wide range of great wines as well as local foods and fresh coffee.

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Prepare to be surprised! Even seasoned wine buffs will notice some interesting origins and less famous grape varieties on show at the long established Wicklow Wine Company in Wicklow Town.

Besides the expected Old and New World wines, several excellent German and Portuguese varieties are available for sampling at the shop’s regular tasting sessions.

Even better, service here is personal and friendly. The knowledgeable staff give informed recommendations for food accompaniments.

Wicklow Wine Co. does more than wine, however. The shop stocks excellent Irish cheeses, including some Wicklow cheeses, as well as other foods which compliment wine drinking.

Whole coffee beans are also on sale in bulk, making Wicklow Wine Co. one of the best value sources for those of us coffee fans that prefer to grind their own.

Tinahely Farm Shop

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.

The Happy Pear

The Happy Pear is a popular vegetarian cafe and grocery in Greystones.

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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:

Owners


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.

Location

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.

More Information

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.

Check out the Happy Pear website here »