Organic Burger Bar and Cafe
Drumanilra Farm Kitchen Organic Burger Bar and Cafe
Organic Farm Shop
Drumanilra Farm Kitchen Farm Shop
Drumanilra Organic Farm
Drumanilra Organic Farm
When our inspector went to visit Drumanilra Organic Farm and Drumanilra Farm Kitchen Café, some key words kept popping up in his report, ‘unique’, ‘stunning’ and ‘community’ were the features that struck our man on the ground as extremely pertinent to this family business.
Owned by Justina and Liam Gavin, who describe themselves as owners, farmers and lovers of good food, Drumanilra combines a burger bar, cafe and shop on Elphin Street in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, with around 80 acres of organic farmland at the family’s Drumanilra Organic Farm, looking down over Lough Key. This totally holistic food business sounds pretty ‘stunning’ and ‘unique’ already. The ‘community’ aspect comes from the ambience and atmosphere of the café as a ‘community centre’. A place where everybody knows everybody and all are sharing in enjoying fully traceable, flavoursome food together. Strangers are warmly welcomed in to this fold, to become one of the crowd very quickly.
The name of this café and shop reflects the daily lives of the owners, living on the farm and raising their own young family of three, whom they describe as the ‘Chief Taste Testers’. Drumanilra Farm Kitchen Café offers a full daytime menu. Breakfast starts at 9am with a Drumanilra Breakfast Baguette, filled with the farm’s own organic dry cured rashers and sausage, with Ballymaloe Relish and free range egg on French bread. Or you can indulge in the Drumanilra Full Irish Breakfast of the farm’s organic rashers and sausages, with free range egg fried and black pudding. Complete with mug of tea to wash it down and French baguette or homemade Irish Soda bread with butter and marmalade. You’re not going hungry after that!
On the café menu, the house speciality is the home reared Drumanilra Organic Dexter beef burger, of which Justina is rightly proud. Hand crafted from the meat of carefully reared organic Drumanilra Dexter cattle – this is the king of burgers. Our inspector succumbed - and didn’t regret one single delicious mouthful! You can also enjoy a Dexter steak in a sandwich, or a full on Ribeye or Striploin Dexter steak cooked to preference, served with home cut fries and the works in salads.
Vegetarians here are well pleased with a specially devoted veggie menu, featuring bean burgers and other choices. There are plenty of options for gluten free diets too. Homemade burgers, sausages and soups, veggie bean burgers and a range of cookies and snacks for sweet treats, all made without gluten, are always available. Kids have their own menu with familiar favourites and vegetarian options, just as conscientiously put together as the food choices for the adults. The Drumanilra Café menu is constructed by people who care about how other people like to eat – and it shows.
All this lovely food is served in a dining room with a cheerful, homely farmhouse feel. Lots of photographs of the farm link the menu back to its source. Food is made with a ‘know what’s in it’ approach, with the owners proud to state ‘no junk ingredients, artificial colours, preservatives or additives’ used in any of the cooking. What you get here is food as close in its authenticity to the food you would make yourself at home. The Drumanilra Farm Kitchen operates a minimum waste policy, composting everything that can be composted. Compostable plant based materials are used for napkins, burger wraps, sugar sachets and takeaway coffee cups and lids. Justina and Liam have produced a business model where all aspects of food and environmental sustainability are considered and embraced. No wonder our inspector described Drumanilra Farm Kitchen café and shop as a ‘little gem’!