The Abbey Tavern is a traditional Irish pub, restaurant and entertainment venue with a unique 16th century location in the picturesque village of Howth. With its original stone walls, flagged floors, blazing turf fires and friendly staff, a truly warm welcome awaits you in one of Ireland’s most iconic venues.
Like all businesses in the hospitality sector, the Abbey Tavern has been greatly affected by the global pandemic, and the owners have had to get creative in order to survive.
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.
This new delicatessen offering at the Abbey Tavern offers a wide range of delicious foods, including freshly baked bread, Sheridan’s cheese, Gubbeen Farmhouse products, Crossogue Preserves from Tipperary, Janet’s Just Delicious handmade foods from Wicklow and Skellig’s chocolate from Kerry.
Commenting on the changes, Richard said, “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 and love working with so many fabulous suppliers again”.
Baked and served daily, customers can buy their in-house Abbey Tavern bread, croissants, and scones. Stop by and pick up an Irish brewed coffee from J.J. Darboven Eighty9 and enjoy with handcrafted cakes and patisseries from Le Pâtissier in Dublin. There is also hot and cold food available to go. This little gem really is a one stop shop, with a great selection of wines, covering all budgets, and a variety of local craft beers including Hope, produced less than 6km away.
The Abbey Tavern Delicatessen is open seven days a week from 8.30am to 5pm, with wine available to purchase until 9pm.