The Abbey Tavern, Howth, has responded to the ongoing pandemic by turning a snug in the 16th century building into a delicatessen.

Like all businesses in the hospitality sector, the Abbey Tavern has been greatly affected by the global pandemic. Notwithstanding being closed for over three and a half months, together with their tourist business being decimated, the owners of the Abbey Tavern had to turn their thoughts to survival.

Proprietor Richard Tobin’s great grandfather, Frank, purchased the Tavern in 1944 and his daughter, Minnie, took it over 12 years later. The snug that was called Minnie’s Bar in her honour has since been adapted to a delicatessen and wine shop following the outbreak of COVID 19.

From freshly baked bread, to their hand-picked artisan food products, customers will not be disappointed. Expect to find products from Sheridan’s Cheese, Gubbeen Farmhouse, Crossogue Preserves, Janet’s Just Delicious handmade foods, and for the sweet tooth Skellig’s chocolate.

Baked and served daily, customers can also buy their in-house Abbey Tavern bread, croissants, and scones.

Commenting on the changes, Richard said: “The Abbey Tavern is a traditional Irish pub and restaurant and tourism accounted for 50% of our turnover. It was a case of adapt or die for the reopening after lockdown and thanks to the ongoing support of our wonderful customers and our exceptional team we should survive. We are delighted at how the delicatessen has turned out & love working with so many fabulous suppliers again.”

Stop by and pick up an Irish brewed coffee from J.J. Darboven Eighty9 & enjoy with their handcrafted cakes and patisseries from Le Pâtissier in Dublin. There is also hot & cold food available to go, such as a chowder, beef and Guinness casserole, and fresh salmo salad.

There is a selection of wines available to suit all budgets, from old world to new and vegan and organic.  They also have a selection of local craft beers including Hope craft beer which is produced less than 6km away.

The new delicatessen is open 7 days a week, from 8.30am until 5pm.

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