Have you been on a grub crawl?

As part of the Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink celebrations, coach company, McComb’s Coach Travel, has created a delicious Grub Crawl tour that will visit some of the country’s most innovative food and drink producers.

The taste bud tickling tour will put a big smile on the faces of good food and drink lovers, explained Caroline McComb, Director of McComb’s Coaches.

“We have been so excited about unveiling our newest tour as the calibre of the brands and people involved is of such a high quality. The Grub Crawl will visit Abernethy Butter, The Poacher’s Pocket, Echinville Distillery and finally, back to Belfast.”
The transport for the tour will be a luxurious McComb’s Coach so it is only fitting that the food is top quality as well, continued Caroline.

“Our Grub Crawl really is a day out for those who like to experience Northern Ireland food, drink and hospitality at its best” Caroline said, adding: “Guests can leave the car behind and allow our driver to transport you from one amazing experience to the next without having to worry about what you’re drinking, finding a parking space or paying for taxis – just indulge and enjoy yourself.”

The Grub Crawl picks up in Belfast at Glengall Street and gets off to a great start with a visit to Abernethy Butter in Dromara. A true local brand powerhouse, Abernethy Butter is supplied to high end store Fortnum & Mason and world renowned chef, Heston Blumenthal. Grub Crawl guests will get a first-hand demonstration of how they create butter from scratch and afterwards enjoy lashings of amazing Abernethy Butter on some delicious home-made soda bread with a cup of tea.

The Grub Cawl continues on to the village of Lisbane, to locally owned restaurant The Poachers Pocket. The Poachers Pocket serves high quality local produce in relaxing surroundings and was the winner of the 2015 Tourism Northern Ireland award for Best Food Tourism Experience. Here, guests will raise a glass of Craft Beer before tucking into a delicious tasting platter starter, followed by a choice of four main courses bursting with local freshness. If you have any room left, there will be locally produced cheeses with crackers and chutney to finish.

Next stop on the Grub Crawl is the newly constructed, Echlinville Distillery, in the small town of Kircubbin. Echlinville is famous for its production of Dunville Whiskey but they are soon to be known as the makers of Jawbox Gin. Everything, from the Victorian-style medicine bottle, branding, history, and recipe, has its heart firmly in Belfast. This part of the tour will be a gin-lovers paradise as the head distiller leads you on a tour of the distillery before enjoying some of Echlinville Distillery’s famous products.

The Grub Crawl tours run alternately on Fridays and Saturdays at £65 per person.
To book go to www.mccombscoaches.com or call 028 9086 6162. Twitter (@OfficialMcCombs) and Facebook (facebook.com/mccombstravel).

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