The Draft House in Strandhill, Co. Sligo has been awarded the Bord bia Just Ask Restaurant of the Month award for February.
Since opening in May 2015, Daniel McGarrigle’s gastropub has proved a popular addition to the surfing hotspot of Strandhill, fitting in with casual ingredients-led a focus on craft drinks and a laid-back atmosphere. The Draft House is also a proud member of the Sligo Food Trail and exemplifies its ‘we don’t do ordinary’ house motto.
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. 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.