We are delighted to be working with local coffee roasters Bean West from Westport who roast and deliver our coffee to each cafe weekly. We worked with Aaron from Bean West to create a custom blend for our cafes and delicatessen.
This espresso blend is also available to take home in retail bags of whole and ground beans and is packaged in recyclable bags.
Aaron worked as a barista in New Zealand for many years and it’s here he also learned the art of roasting coffee. Aaron imports green beans which come from small independent farms around the world and hand roasts all his coffees on a Giesen roaster.
We love the idea of our coffee being roasted just down the road and being delivered weekly by Bean West which allows us to chat weekly to our roaster who visits both Spencer Street and New Antrim Street with deliveries…if we have any queries we can chat to Aaron directly who takes the time to train all our team members in house too.
All our takeout coffees come with a chunk of our home-made shortbread…don’t forget your loyalty card!
The Battle of Castlebar occurred on 27th August 1798 during the Irish Rebellion of that year when combined force of 2,000 French and Irish routed a force of 6,000 British militia in what would later became known as the ‘Races of Castlebar.’ Naturally, we’re using this as an excuse to run our annual French food festival.
Our weekend celebration features tastings in the delicatessen, specials in the cafes, pain au chocolat and lots more for breakfast and a French inspired menu at Cafe Rua for dinner on Friday night 26th August. Bookings for dinner on 0949023376 Both of our café menus will be littered throughout the weekend with some Gallic classics like duck confit, salade nicoise, tarte au citron and more. As always, we’ll be using the best of local produce like Sean Kelly’s beef for our boeuf bourgignon, Killary Shellfish for our moules marniere, vegetables form the Rua poly tunnel for our ratatouille, and fruit from our local rural training scheme to go with our pain perdu. French menus with Mayo produce.
As well as great offers in our shop on our selection of French wine and cheese, we’ve also got classic French cookbooks like Raymond Blanc’s ‘Kitchen secrets’ and Richard Onley’s ‘ The French menu cookbook’, the latter recently voted ‘Best cookbook of all time’ by readers of the Observer food magazine.
This year, we’re also featuring a history tour! On Saturday afternoon, Local historian Brian Hoban will also be hosting a guided tour of Castlebar’s historical landmarks connected with the arrival of General Humbert and the French army for the the ‘Races of Castlebar’ in 1798. The tour leaves from Rua on Saturday August 29th at 2pm, and places are limited so call us on 094 9286072 for more information.
We are currently recruiting for positions for our Front of House teams at Rua Delicatessen and Cafe in Castlebar. Looking for high energy individuals who are passionate about great food, coffee, wine and cheese.
Please visit our JOBS section and email us with you cv to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d be interested in coming to work with us.