In GROW HQ there are no barriers between where food is grown, cooked, and eaten. We can’t wait to show you around. Find out how it all came about and the reason GROW HQ exists at all.
Cafe: Our award-winning cafe serves the most nutritious, delicious, seasonal food and we put our veg centre stage (but we also showcase the finest free-range, local meat, poultry, fish and cheese). Mostly the distance from plot to plate is about 112 steps. Richard and the garden team grow it, JB and kitchen team cook it, and our lovely customers eat it! Expect a warm, bright and good humoured welcome with a food ethos that’s home-grown, fresh, organic, healthy and delicious.
Food Truck: Good news, you can also enjoy HQ grub on the go! Our food truck offers soup & sandwiches, sweet treats plus daily specials. We also have a selection of coffees, teas, organic apple and orange juices along with our HQ homemade kombuchas. Call down to our food truck to order a takeaway.
Click & Collect: With a busy day planned at the beach or on the Greenway, why not pack up a picnic of sandwiches, salads or mezze specials. Book a Pizza Box or pick up some of HQ’s carefully crafted jams, preserves and pickles to recreate the homegrown food experience at home.
Enjoy outdoor dining on the terrace or under the stretch tent, overlooking the kitchen garden bursting with the freshest organic produce. Simply grab a bite to take away, sit under the stretch tent or one of the many benches dotted around the garden.
Go behind the scenes of the TV programme GROW COOK EAT! Take the journey from seed to harvest, starting with an interactive tour of HQ’s organic food gardens and woodland. Presenter and GROW HQ Founder Mick Kelly guides visitors through seed sowing and harvesting to offer insight into the care and attention behind each ingredient. Head Chef JB Dubois then leads a cooking demonstration before serving up pizzas on the terrace using fresh handpicked toppings. Finally, take home a special signed copy of GROW COOK EAT.
Take a stroll around GROW HQ with Head Grower Richard Mee, an expert in biodiversity and horticulture. Enjoy an in-depth exploration into HQ’s distinct ecosystem and discussion on all aspects of biodiversity in the food chain, from pollinators to pests. Get to know the critical importance of healthy soil, the secret ingredient to taste, health and sustainability and learn how to maximise biodiversity at home. Finally, relax with tea or coffee and homemade scones in a sheltered space beside the herb garden.
Explore the GROW HQ gardens and native woodland at leisure. A free audio tour from Founder and GROW COOK EAT TV Presenter Mick Kelly takes visitors on a journey through the ethos and operations of HQ’s microcosm of a sustainable food system. A free map and signage at each point of interest are designed to educate and inspire before or after a delicious, seasonal meal at the cafe. In GROW HQ there are no barriers between where food is grown, cooked and eaten.
Let the wild ones roam. Grab a free kids map and scavenge the gardens and woodland for all kinds of plants, bees and butterflies. Get those hands dirty at the seed sowing station and take the food growing adventure home. Learn all about GROW HQ’s natural kingdom that combines to create each meal. Enjoy a delicious family meal on the terrace or in the garden, and don’t forget an ice cream or a seasonal cordial from The Shack before heading off with a head full of happy memories.
Find a moment of calm in a secluded woodland behind the vegetable garden. Disappear from the urban world into this unexpected forest atmosphere surrounded by native trees and hidden wildlife. Take a seat or sprawl out in the clearing, disconnect from everyday stress and reconnect with the beat of nature. Enjoy a mindful moment, or simply mull over the mezze menu that awaits.
We are delighted to be partnering with Waterford Suir Valley Railway for their Sunset Express Experience.
Relax on the platform with a glass of Prosecco and strawberries while enjoying an acoustic music reception. Board the train and be escorted to a private carriage with one of our delicious local artisan picnic boxes prepared in our HQ kitchen for you to enjoy. Hear the whistle blow as the train departs on a one-hour trip to Bilberry, along the banks of the River Suir and Waterford Greenway abound with glorious scenery, historic ruins, birds and wildlife.
Shop for all you need to grow, cook and eat in our retail shop at GROW HQ. We have a full selection of seeds, GROWBoxes, books plus exclusive in-store sustainable products. If you can’t get to HQ don’t worry, a number of our products are available to purchase online.