The Quay Co-op, Vegetarian and Vegan Afternoon Tea comes to Cork

Monday, October 17, 2022. 3:11pm
The Quay Co-op, Vegetarian and Vegan Afternoon Tea comes to Cork

Artichoke hearts, spelt scones with vegan cream and avocado chocolate cake are some of the delights on the menu

The Quay Co-op, one of Ireland’s flagship vegetarian restaurants and wholefood stores, is introducing a brand new Vegetarian and/or Vegan Afternoon Tea which, fittingly, will be launched on World Vegan Day which takes place on November 1st. 

Vegetarian and Vegan Afternoon Tea will be available in the ‘Upstairs at the Co-op’ restaurant on O’Sullivan’s Quay, Cork. Guests will be treated to a mix of vegetarian and vegan savoury and sweet treats from 2.30 to 5.00pm Wednesday to Saturday, alongside the all-day dining menu.

The Quay Co-op is a worker’s co-operative and the home of Cork’s first vegetarian restaurant and cafe. It has been at the heart of Cork life since 1982 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 

Simon Tiptaft, General Manager of the Quay Co-op says, “Our Vegetarian and Vegan Afternoon Tea is a chic and tasty new addition to our offering at the Quay Co-op. It gives Cork diners an opportunity to experience a deliciously different afternoon treat. All of our food at The Quay Co-op is exclusively vegetarian and vegan and our focus is on sourcing sustainable and ethically produced food while creating delightful dishes to please all palates. Our team from ‘Upstairs at The Quay Co-op’ Restaurant have created a delicious selection of sweet and savoury dainty dishes to be enjoyed from a perfect perch overlooking the River Lee. The Quay Co-op is for everyone and this will appeal whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, want to incorporate a more plant based lifestyle or just like good food.”

On the menu is: 

  • Savoury: Vegan avocado wraps, Mezze plate with artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, traditional hummus, dolmas, toasted almonds and marinated olives served with seeded pitta
  • Middle: Spelt scones with (vegan) cream and raspberry jam
  • Treat: Avocado chocolate cake, Apple crumble pot and Glazed carrot cake. 
The Quay Co-op, Vegetarian and Vegan Afternoon Tea comes to Cork

Vegetarian or Vegan Afternoon Tea is €22.50 per person or €29.50 for sparking afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco. A festive edition will be served throughout December, featuring warming organic Gluhwein and will cost €27.50 per person.

The Quay Co-op began as a community cooperative before developing into a workers’ cooperative. Today it employs 50 people between its vegetarian deli, bakery, wholefoods store and restaurant on O’Sullivan’s Quay, its vegetarian food-production facility on Cove Street and satellite stores in Carrigaline and Ballincollig. It continues to be owned by its members. 

Upstairs at the Quay Co-op Vegetarian Restaurant is open for lunch, Afternoon Tea and dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 12 noon.

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