The café at the Gobbins Visitor Centre in Islandmagee is under new management and is keeping the thousands of visitors to the attraction well-fuelled for the action packed walk.
You can enjoy traditional, local fayre from a wide range of suppliers from across Mid and East Antrim, including Fosters fruit in Whitehead, Delacey’s in Carrickfergus and the Pastry Chef in Larne.
If the rugged County Antrim cliff walk with views right across to Scotland wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, you can enjoy soups stews, a ‘Sandy Cave’ Soda or even a ‘Wise’s Eye’ Fry – named after key landmarks along the experience.
Anne English is taking over the apron strings at the centre bringing over a decade of experience in catering. The mum of four began her adventure at The Gobbins two years ago starting in the kitchen as a temporary chef, before biting off this new chapter as owner.
Anne said: “I am very excited about the next few years. The Gobbins attraction is growing from strength to strength and it will be great to be part of that journey. I live on the doorstep here in Islandmagee and have done for 53 years, so I’m delighted to not only be providing 7 jobs in the area but also to help support local suppliers as well.
“We want the café to not only leave a great taste in the mouth of the many international tourists that come here every season, but to also act as a hub for the local community to come and enjoy. The café and visitor centre, beside the community hall, also has a shop, showcases work by local artists and there’s even a play park outside so it’s a perfect location for a bite to eat with the family, or to enjoy a fry on a Sunday morning reading the paper.”
It’s not just recipes for local dishes Anne is cooking at The Gobbins, but also for love as her fiancée Michael also works there.
“We actually met at our local running club, we have to burn off all my good cooking somehow!” Anne joked. “It’s great having that support at work but my family at home, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and all the staff here at The Gobbins have been great.
“There’s always someone on hand or at the end of a phone with any advice I need and I’m really looking forward to welcoming the local community as well as the thousands of colourful visitors from around the globe.”
The Gobbins Café is open every day from 8.30am to 7pm all year round, so even if the tours aren’t warming your heart in the winter months a good tray bake and a cuppa certainly will.
Head to www.thegobbinscliffpath.com to find out more about the breath-taking walk at The Gobbins and what else the visitor centre, café and shop have to offer.