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

Sourdough September

So what is Sourdough September?? This extract from the website of the Real Bread Campaign explains it all: ‘Since 2013, the ninth month of the year has when the Real Bread Campaign goes on a mission to help everyone discover that: life’s sweeter with sourdough! The aims of #SourdoughSeptember are to: Share the delicious delights of genuine sourdough Read more

Locally Produced Speciality Foods

Here at Blackthorn and Willow we keep a wide range of interesting foods, all of which have been produced within the nine counties of Ulster.  We started out initially with the long-shelf-life foods such as jams and marmalades (‘Rose Cottage’ in Ballycarry, Co. Antrim); herb infused rape seed oils (Broighter Gold from near Limavady, Co. Read more

Picnic time

Now is the time to make the most of this lovely weather by heading off to Glenarm Forest or to the coast with a picnic.  On your way, you could call in here at Blackthorn and Willow to pick up all the essentials for a good picnic from our range of locally produced foods – Read more

Music for Spring

Music for Spring at Blackthorn and Willow The first of our two musical events in April was on the afternoon of Sunday 9th April: we opened from 2.00 to 5.00 for live music from 2.30 provided by part-time resident of Glenarm, Tim Dornan, on bassoon,  with Kristine Healy on flute – who came across from Read more