The Draft House in Strandhill, Co. Sligo has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for February.
Since opening in May 2015, Daniel McGarrigle’s gastropub has proved a popular addition to the surfing hotspot of Strandhill, fitting in perfectly with its casual ingredients-led food, its focus on craft drinks and its laid-back atmosphere. The Draft House is also a proud member of the Sligo Food Trail and exemplifies its ‘we dont do ordinary’ house motto.
Currently in its eighth year, the Just Ask campaign has been wholeheartedly embraced by the restaurant trade. The campaign encourages diners to look for information on where food on their plate comes from and encourages chefs to profile their local suppliers on menus. The Just Ask Restaurant of the Month rewards eateries across Ireland that exhibit best practice in showing transparency in the sourcing of the food on their menus.
Head Chef Lee Martin arrived at The Draft House via several highly regarded kitchens, including The Oarsman in Carrick-on-Shannon. According to Martin: “All our meat and poultry is 100% Irish and our menus change with the season in order to offer our customers an exceptional experience. At The Draft House, we take particular pride in our Irish suppliers, listing them on our website and menus. Sheerin’s Meatin’ Place in Ballymote supply us with our beef, pork, sweet-cured bacon and sausages. Sherlock Meats of Tubbercurry supply us with beef and chicken and we source our duck from Thornhill Farm in Cavan. Kelly’s in Co. Mayo supply us with their famous black pudding and we source our Irish chorizo from Gubbeen in West Cork. Our organic quail eggs are supplied by 12 Quail Farm in Co. Leitrim and all of rapeseed oil comes from Donegal.”
“John Flynn Fish of Clogherevagh, Co. Sligo supplies us with the best of locally caught seafood and fish and our salad leaves, herbs and vegetables are freshly delivered from Croghan Organic Garden in Co. Roscommon. Our coffee is supplied by Art of Coffee in Carrick-on-Shannon and our drinks list features a range of craft beers from five Irish brewerys including Sligo favourite The White Hag, along with gins from Dingle and Drumshanbo, ” he continued.
“Working busily under the supervision of Manager Nicholas Ryan, the friendly and menu-savvy staff add to the fun atmosphere,” commented Georgina Campbell. “All this and an enviable seaside location make The Draft House a great place to visit on The Wild Atlantic Way.”
For additional information on Just Ask and previous Just Ask winners, or to find out how to get involved, visit www.bordbia.ie.
Further information on The Draft House, visit www.thedrafthouse.ie.