Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the small village of Carlingford at the top of a slight incline, you’ll find Tom Hayes's renowned Food for Thought, a well named gourmet store, deli and café that is one of the most popular daytime eating places in the area.
Inside, it’s a small but compact shop and café. To one side, shelves are packed with carefully selected delicacies of all kinds - jams, chutneys, relishes, chocolate and much more - many of them from leading Irish artisan producers. Opposite, temptations of a different kind are laid out at a deli and cooked food counter - and a large blackboard behind gives the menu and proclaims the day’s specials.
The policy is to uses fresh, local ingredients as much as possible which, together with good cooking, raises popular dishes to to a different level. Excellent renditions of lasagne, pizza, fish cakes and quiche are regularly on the menu, accompanied by a delicious range of salads, while daily specials might include a generous individual bacon and leek quiche accompanied by a piquant jalapeno relish.
Take away is available and the dining area can be booked for small functions. Food for Thought also offer outside catering for parties and functions.