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Deliveroo Celebrates Turning 2 In Belfast

Deliveroo, the on-demand food delivery service, is celebrating its second birthday in Belfast by revealing some fun foodie facts about local eating habits.

Fun Facts

Data has revealed that the people of Belfast love to order on Deliveroo at 6:51pm on Saturdays.

The most popular dishes in Belfast are as follows – to jump-start their morning, the people of Belfast love Pancakes, Bacon and Maple Syrup from Cast & Crew, followed by a Burrito from Boojum for lunch, and a Fresh Cod and Chips from Cafe Fish for dinner – all washed down with Belfast’s most popular tipple – a bottle of Casillero Del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc from The Vineyard.

And in case that didn’t tingle your taste-buds enough, here’s a list of the most popular breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink orders in Belfast so far in 2018 – see if your local favourites made the cut:

Breakfast

1. Pancakes, Bacon and Maple Syrup from Cast & Crew
2. R&T Granola from Roasted & Toasted
3. Grilled Breakfast from The Honest Vegan

Lunch

1. Burrito from Boojum
2. 6oz Steak Burger from Build-a-Burger
3. Gua Bao from Bao Bun

Dinner

1. Fresh Cod and Chips from Cafe Fish
2. Bacon Cheeseburger from Five Guys
3. Chicken Katsu Curry from Wagamama

Drinks

1. Casillero Del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc from The Vineyard
2. Barefoot White Wine from The Parlour
3. Peroni from The Perch

Deliveroo Works

Deliveroo has created work for more than 130 people in Belfast, with the majority of these being the Deliveroo riders who deliver your food which is cooked fresh to order and delivered to your door within 30 minutes. Since its launch two years ago, more than 110 restaurants have signed up to the Deliveroo platform.

While these include some of the UK’s favourite restaurant chains like Five Guys and Wagamama, Deliveroo also supports Belfast’s local foodie scene – over 75% of its restaurant partners are independent. In 2017, a report by Capital Economics found that Deliveroo will create a further 7,200 jobs in the UK restaurant sector and contribute as much as £1.5bn to the UK economy by 2019.

Dan Warne, Managing Director of Deliveroo in UK and Ireland, said: “Our whole team here at Deliveroo is delighted that our rapid growth in Belfast over the past two years means that customers have more choice, restaurants are able to increase their revenue, and riders have opportunity to choose well-paid, flexible work. Recently, we’ve noticed that more and more customers are taking advantage of our great breakfast service, which has seen orders increase fivefold compared to last year.”

Operations Manger’s Thoughts

Operations Manager at Cafe Fish said: “Working with Deliveroo has been great; they really take the pressure off deliveries at our end and leave us to do what is important, cook the food! Since we joined Deliveroo we have seen our output go up considerably as we have been able to reach consumers we could not reach before.”

Deliveroo is focused on providing the ultimate food-delivery experience. Customers have the option to schedule orders via the Deliveroo app up to one day in advance, or receive food as soon as possible between 12 noon and 11pm, and from 9am on weekends, where at the click of a button, their order will be delivered straight to their door in under 30 minutes. In February 2018, Deliveroo also launched its £7.99 a month subscription service, Deliveroo Plus, enabling Belfast’s food lovers to get unlimited free delivery whilst providing them with new discounts every month.

Are You new to the World of Deliveroo?

Try Deliveroo for yourself by visiting the website or downloading the app, which is available on iPhone and Android.

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Slemish Market Supper Club Hosts Exclusive Summer Fine Dining Experience

The popular Slemish Market Supper Club is set to offer food fans a new experience next month as their exclusive dining experience returns for another six-course event featuring well known chef Rob Curley.

Based in the beautiful surroundings of the greater Ballymena area, the unique pop up dining experience, Slemish Market Supper Club, creates an array of bespoke meals using only the finest local produce. 

Hosted by the award-winning chef, Rob Curley, Slemish Market Supper Club runs across a number of venues across the greater Ballymena area in County Antrim. 

At each fine dining experience, Rob will be on hand to allow you to learn more about each dish by explaining the ingredients, where they are sourced and the inspiration behind the creation of the distinctive cuisines.

“I love surprising people by taking a humble ingredient and turning it into something extraordinary,” said Rob.

The delectable dishes consist of six courses that will include a drink, a wee bite, a starter, a fish course, a meat course and a dessert. 

“We want our diners to have more than a meal,” explained Rob, adding: “We want them to understand what is on their doorstep, what they too can prepare and have a great time as well as great food.” 

Each event differs from the rest, as the ingredients used are done so when the produce is at its finest, making each experience special. Not just that, the menu is a surprise which Rob reveals on the night.

Offering the best summer creations, the next pop up event is due to take place on Saturday August 7 at Incredible Edibles Community Gardens in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim. The unique event not only offers the finest of cuisines but creates an intimate setting allowing you to meet new people and learn top tips from an award-winning chef. 

“It Is a delight for me to showcase what we have on our doorstep,” said Rob. “And when our diners experience the freshness it can be a revelation.”

Northern Ireland is renowned for its quality food and hospitality, and with Slemish Market Supper Club, they combine these two elements to create innovative and unforgettable experiences.

Tickets for the Slemish Market Supper Club at Incredible Edibles Community Gardens are £60 and can be booked at slemishmarketsupperclub.com 

To find out more or book a place, ​​phone Rob Curley on 07547804975, go to their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter 

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Lidl Northern Ireland brings the X-factor with opening of new Buncrana Road store

Lidl Northern Ireland is bringing the x-factor to Derry~Londonderry with the opening of its brand new, £8 million state-of-the-art concept store at Buncrana Road on Thursday 29 July which will be officially unveiled by X-Factor sensation and local celebrity, Eoghan Quigg.

Located at the junction of Buncrana Road and Springtown Road, the newly expanded store replaces the retailer’s former site at 24 Buncrana Road and is the first of three new stores planned for the North West region as part of a wider £26 million investment into the region, announced earlier this year. An additional 10 local jobs have been created as part of the investment.

Dungiven local and radio broadcaster Eoghan Quigg will officially cut the ribbon to unveil the new look Lidl Northern Ireland store and participate in a meet-and-greet with shoppers from 8am – 9am.

Regional Director for Lidl Northern Ireland, Conor Boyle, said:

“As Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket, we’re delighted to continue moving confidently forward with our long-established investment plans for the North West, bringing new employment opportunities to the local community and offering customers an enhanced shopping experience at this new location.

We’re delighted to confirm the new Buncrana Road store opening date for Thursday 29 July. We’re looking forward to welcoming shoppers through our doors and bringing our fresh, high-quality products and market-leading value to more shoppers in the North West region.”

Occupying a 10,000 sq. metre site with a 2,217 sq metre store space, shoppers can enjoy an enhanced shopping experience featuring higher ceilings, a more spacious interior layout and enlarged bakery areas. The store will also include improved facilities for store staff such as a larger canteen and welfare area and shower facilities.

Built with sustainability as a priority, the new store will incorporate a range of environmentally friendly features including an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System and 4 electric vehicle charger spaces within its 146-space car park, enabling customers to charge their electric vehicles for free whilst they shop.

Speaking ahead of the new Lidl Buncrana Road store launch, Eoghan said:

“I am thrilled to be officially opening the brand-new Lidl Northern Ireland store at Buncrana Road. I’m looking forward to meeting shoppers and hope to see as many people there as possible to have a bit of craic on the morning. There are always great opening day deals to be had as well, so it’s shaping up to be a great event.

Now that I am shopping for a family of my own, Lidl is my supermarket of choice, with its fantastic selection of quality products at great value. The new and improved store is a great addition to the local area and I can’t wait to get in myself for the weekly shop!”

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