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“Healthy food that tastes great”

Camphill Holywood Organic Foods
Ranked #16 of 53 Restaurants in Holywood
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is a lovely restaurant. Great home made fresh food and friendly service. They also stock a terrific range of off-the-shelf foodstuffs plus organic bread made on site and fresh fruit and veg. Give it a try.

1  Thank Ann C
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

I really enjoy eating here. It started off life as a converted bakery and for those that don't know, it is affiliated with the nearby camphill community. It is essentially a community set up to include those with special needs performing productive work under an Anthroposophic [look it up!] framework and included as full members rather than being pushed to the side. They serve only organic (biodynamic) and vegetarian food, and it is a not for profit.
The bread is amazing and no matter what it is you order, get it with a masala roll with chutney, humus and salad. All the food appears to be freshly made and is of a very high quality. I can't praise it highly enough, it really is what I'm looking for from a healthy lunch. May annoy "Salad dodging" vegetarians and vegans who I have chanced across the odd time. Weird but they exist! The salad is always really well garnished - no awful soggy tomatoes or unpallatable veg like you get elsewhere. This is the only place I consume the side salad and all.
To tackle some issues people had raised. Yes there is a lot of dark stained wood, the tables are basic and at times it can appear dark. It is staffed by volunteers and community members / camphill staff, and at times can be heinously busy so it is always worth your while being proactive with your order!! A lot of the staff are German as well I believe so do note they perhaps don't all share our NI quirks in case you think they are blanking you. I have seen one couple leave due to not being served promptly enough. However the facilities are always well maintained and the crockery is hand thrown pottery.
The food can tend to be on the plain side at times and the menu isn't huge - but the food is predictably delicious, healthy and you generally get served quickly. The staff are usually friendly - so go, enjoy but remember don't leave your patience at the door and please don't committ the vice of the NI pensioner of going buck mad if the place isn't painted sunburst yellow!!! Do yourself and society some good by eating here. Best vegetarian in Holywood - and most ethical too.

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3  Thank saytan
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This place is great!
If you are looking for organic and vegetarian food it's definitely worth a visit.
My wife is gluten free and they have bread, lovely scones and other tray bakes available.
We also bought quite a few things from their shop too as we are trying to buy organic produce where possible.
The place has a great ethos if you read about what they are doing here!
We will definitely be back :)

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Thank Pablo256
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

This cafe is a hidden gem in Holywood. From what I could see everything was organic and fresh. The service was friendly and prompt. Like other people said, it's a great place if you are a vegetarian as the menu is completely vegetarian. The fresh made soup and bread was tasty as well as being a great way to get out of the cold rainy weather. Will definately be going back next time I am in Holywood.

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Thank Vegielover
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Hidden round the corner off the high street near the May pole, it would be easy to miss Camphill, but that missing would be unfortunate for you! Open Mondays through to Saturdays, from breakfast to afternoon snacks, there is brilliant organic food on offer plus as we say in these parst "The craic's mighty!" Put it in your diary to give it a try. You'll not regret it.

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2  Thank BelfastMikey
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