As the country moves to Level 5 restrictions, some local businesses are introducing innovative measures to keep spirits up. With food outlets limited to takeaway, the iconic Uncle Tom’s Cabin bar and restaurant in Dundrum, Co. Dublin, has recalibrated its offering to provide a quality takeaway service for their loyal customers in the weeks ahead.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin — in partnership with the award-winning Dublin Pizza Company — recently launched its exciting new family-friendly Community Food Hub, providing a safe outdoor dining and drinking space for locals and customers to enjoy.
Faced with the new lockdown, Uncle Tom’s Cabin has announced it will temporarily change with the difficult times to give customers a slice of normality. The venue is harnessing its special ingredients — mouthwatering Italian pizzas from the Dublin Pizza Company, a complete drinks menu from Uncle’s Tom’s legendary bar and quality coffee from its Community Coffee dock — to create a virtual ‘one-stop-shop’ food and drink takeaway service, and has utilised the spatial surrounds of the car park to create a unique “Pizza ‘n’ Pints Drive-Thru” for local customers.
The venue’s Barry Cassidy says, “We can understand people’s disappointment and worries heading into another lockdown. Like many other businesses, we’ve had to adapt the entire way we operate and this led to the creation of the outdoor Community Food Hub, which was very popular with customers, old and new.
“Now, over the next six weeks, we are facing another challenge but we’re working hard to make sure our local customers can enjoy a top-quality takeaway service so that they can at least recreate the Uncle Tom’s experience from their homes.”
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Dublin Pizza Company and the Community Coffee have drawn up new takeaway menus for customers.
The pub has reduced the price of its famous pint of Guinness to just €5, and customers will be given special takeaway holders to keep their drinks safe. Other favourites such as Heineken and a large selection of traditional and craft beers are also available at reduced takeaway prices. (On behalf of Easy Food, we’d like to specify that only passengers should be availing of the takeaway pints. Obviously.)
Meanwhile, the Dublin Pizza Company offers a true slice for food lovers, serving authentic Italian pizza, fresh pasta and gelato.
Then there’s the coffee. The venue recently opened its Community Coffee dock outside the front entrance, serving 9th Degree Coffee, which is roasted in a micro-roastery in the heart of Dublin city centre.
Barry — who created the new outdoor project during the first lockdown back in March, added, “The whole idea is to create a fun and safe environment in the community where everyone can come and relax together and enjoy some great food, drinks and coffee.
“We’re delighted to have our partners Dublin Pizza Company on board, providing a real and authentic taste of Italy on-site using their own homegrown organic ingredients.”
Uncle Tom’s new opening hours are from 4-10pm Monday to Friday, and 2-10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Community Coffee opens from 8am to 4pm every day.