Changes at Blackthorn and Willow

There are some changes taking place here at Blackthorn and Willow.  We have been open now for three years – our doors opened in July 2015 – and during this time we have continued to develop our range of locally produced crafts and foods (the most local of which are our ‘Blackthorn Breads’ which, as Read more

Beautiful – and free – visitors’ map

We now have a lovely map in the shop: ‘Glens of Antrim on the Causeway Coastal Route’ that highlights the best places to see and visit – and it is free!  Generously funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, administered by Carrickfergus Enterprise, the map not only points visitors to places of interest but also gives Read more

Now that it is (nearly) Spring

When we re-opened on March 7th, after a break since Christmas, it didn’t feel much like spring; however, the days are getting longer and the weather will surely become warmer and drier soon.  We have daffodils, aubretia, lavender and flowering shrubs planted in pots outside the shop here to cheer things up and they will Read more

Sweet Things

We are pleased to be stocking a range of fantastic handmade chocolate from Belfast-based company NI CHO. They produce chocolate with differing proportions of cocoa content with cocoa beans from all over the world – we have 37% bars (milk chocolate) made from Indonesian beans; 48% bars from Costa Rica; 82% from Peru up to Read more