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If you enjoy stopping off for coffee and cake then Refinery Coffee Shop in Galgorm is a local eatery well worth a visit. They say, “We are passionate about coffee, food and great service. We love what we do and want you to have the best experience. Come in!!
Refinery Coffee Shop is in the grounds of the Green Pastures Church complex on the Fenaghy Rd Galgorm, and also close to Ballymena Business Centre. We popped in and had a chat to find out more.
Here at Ballymena Today we’re passionate about supporting local business and it was great to hear that the bread which Refinery Coffee Shop uses is baked just down the road in Ballynure – hand crafted sourdough bread baked by hand by Zac’s Bakehouse. All the cakes, buns and tarts are made by Refinery Coffee Shop staff including fabulous brownies, banoffee tarts, lemon & poppyseed cake and much more. Their salads and sandwiches are prepared in-house as well ensuring you get to eat the freshest of food!
If you’re in the Galgorm area and need something more substantial than coffee and a traybake, then you could call in for their breakfast or lunch options. Both menus offer a good choice of food with the Refinery twist. Here’s the typical breakfast and lunch menu below.
Eggs and bacon on sourdough toast
Home made granola with poached fruit and greek yoghurt
Panakes with maple syrup and bacon
Bacon & cheese croissant
Croissant w nutella
Avocado & feta smash with cherry tomatoes on sourdough toast with balsamic
Assortment of sandwiches on sourdough bread:
– Mango chutney, roasted chicken, baby spinach & brie
– Sweet chilli chicken, peppers & cheese
– Turkey, bacon, cranberry and brie
– Roasted chicken, cheese and proscuitto
– BBQ chicken fajita wrap
all available with a choice of side salads:
– Chicken, sun blushed tomatoes, baby spinach, mozzarella and toasted pine nuts
– Fruit salad
– bang bang (curry flavoured)
– pork & herb
When you visit Refinery Coffee Shop if you get to meet Liam, the manager, you’ll quickly realize from his accent that he’s not from this part of the world! We asked him to tell us a bit about how he ended up managing a coffee shop in Galgorm. “I’m an Aussie, and around 15 years ago lots of coffee bars were opening in Sydney where I lived. Speciality coffee in particular was getting very popular. I began working as a barista and learning as much as I could until eventually I opened my own espresso bar. Life moved on, I came to Northern Ireland and recently took on the role of manager of Refinery Coffee Shop. For me this is really exciting as I see the coffee shop culture growing here too!”
Finally we asked what was the connection to Green Pastures church. “We are different to most businesses in that all the profit we make from the coffee shop goes to Green Pastures work with young people. I believe this is a great cause as it helps local young people around the Ballymena area to be in a healthy environment where they are encouraged to achieve their dreams”
Love life, my family & good coffee shops. Enjoy walking and being at the seaside. Hate prawns!
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