Ósta Café and Wine Bar on the banks of the Garvogue River is celebrating its 14th birthday in July. Since 2006 Bríd Torrades iconic café has shone a beacon for quality food and local producers. Today that light shines brighter than ever.
Bríd is an avid supporter of local, particularly organic, produce and has been rewarded with recognition by Bord Bia as a Just Ask Restaurant. Their list of suppliers reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the northwest’s top growers, farmers and butchers including Lyon’s Bakehouse, Le Fournil, Croghan Farm, Crimlin Farm, Rod Alston, Sheerin’s Butchers, Clarkes Butchers, Andarl Farm, Ballisadare Eggs, Bluebell Farm, Shines Irish Tuna, Gerry Blaine Fishmonger, Dozio’s Cheeses, Knocknaree Honey and Blakes Always Organic.
Ósta was recently shortlisted for the 2020 Georgina Campbell Brunch of the Year award so it’s no surprise that brunch is quite a feast. Served seven days a week, the brunch menu is outstanding. Favourites are Eggs Ósta or Shines Tuna with Poached Eggs served on Boxty. Scones are a perennial favourite and the bakers are up bright and early to have the first batches, still warm and steaming, on the counter at 8am. All cakes are baked in-house, using the best ingredients of course.
Drinks have become a bit of a speciality. Coffee is a serious business here, with fully trained Baristas and a carefully sourced blend of Mexican and Peruvian beans roasted by Java Republic for that essential caffeine kick or an exceptionally delicious decaff coffee blended and roasted by Art of Coffee, Carrick on Shannon. A tempting range of teas and infusions comes from Solaris Teas, Galway and Suki Teas Belfast among others. For something a little different, try homemade Komboucha or Blakes Organic Kefir for delicious gut healthy drinks.
The community side of Ósta is very important and the café is home to Open Art Studio and hosts art events and the Ósta Sessions for music lovers on Thursdays 6-8pm. Poetry by the Weir is on each month, then there’s Irish language conversation, Spanish language conversation … there’s literally always something happening.
Ósta Café and Wine Bar opens at 8am Monday to Saturday and 9am on Sundays and Bank Holidays. It stays open later on Thursdays and it is also available in the evenings for events and private parties.
Who will be next in the Sligo Food Trail Café Culture video series? Watch out for it very soon.