Lucy and I went along to The Draft House last week for lunch to celebrate her birthday. I’d heard good things about the place so I was keen to check it out. The Draft House is one of the new kids on the block in terms of pubs and restaurants in Sligo. It’s located in scenic Strandhill along the Wild Atlantic Way so it’s perfect if you want to make a day of it and go for a stroll along the beach.
The exterior states they don’t do ordinary – and they don’t! It’s a really cool, quirky place. Think Urban Outfitters as a restaurant – that’s what the interior of the place reminded me of. If you want something different this is the place. The water is ‘Unfiltered Unicorn tears’, the signs tell you to ‘Eat Safe, Use Condiments’. The stairs have a WB Yeats poem painted on them. Even the toilets are funky!
There is a great, friendly atmosphere in the place and we were welcomed by Maya who showed us to our table and gave us the menus – the new menu was only launched last week so it was great to check it out.
The Draft House has a great variety of craft beers on offer, many as the name suggests are draught (hence the name, I guess!) Lucy went for a White Hag beer, which is locally produced here in Sligo. I was driving so I went for a Club Lemon (rock ‘n’ roll!) Maya, bless her, didn’t appear to notice when I completely missed my mouth and threw drink all down myself, honestly you can’t take me anywhere!
As well as the menu there were also several specials on offer. Lucy went for the vegetable curry, which was a special, and I went for the fish and chips. Both dishes were huge portions and so tasty. Lucy’s curry had all kinds of vegetables in it, not just the usual, there were also aubergine, courgette and loads more. My fish and chips were fab, there were two huge bits of fish, covered in delicious batter and the chips were homemade. If you don’t fancy a hot dinner you could go for one of the ‘sand witches’. All the food is locally sourced and produced where possible.
I love the little tins that the food is served it. Again a quirky touch.
Of course we just had to try out the Sweet No(Things) menu. I had the sticky toffee meringue served with cookies and cream ice cream, butterscotch sauce with dates and roasted hazelnut. Lucy was delighted that she could have a dessert as they usually have dairy in them, the chocolate mousse was made with olive oil so she was able to have it. Both desserts were divine.
As well as fab food there are also some really unique features in The Draft House including dog kennels, with under cover runs, so if you happen to have your pooch with you at least you know they will be safe while you eat. There are also showers, so if you’ve spent the day surfing and want to freshen up before you eat its ideal. The outdoor tables are undercover, perfect for the unpredictable weather. Personally I’d have loved a sun lounger or a hammock so I could have slept off my food coma and had dinner at The Draft House too!
We had a lovely, leisurely lunch. Well done to all involved, great food, great atmosphere, great service, it’s a place with a difference. I’ll be back for sure! You can check out The Draft House on Facebook here.