Lots of good stuff in Athlone!

Athlone is a central town with many fantastic benefits.

Not only is it pretty much the heart of Ireland, it’s also got an abundance of choice when it comes to food.

And anywhere that keeps our tummies happy is worth a visit right?

It’s also ideal for gift shopping with lots of great places to find the perfect present for that foodie in your life.

Athlone Food Circle have compiled a great Christmas gift guide and we’re here to tell you all about it.

What exactly is Athlone Food Circle?

Well, it’s a collective of businesses in the area which aims to showcase the amazing food and drink network in Athlone.

With the emphasis on shopping local this Christmas, this is the perfect guide to do just that!

Let’s run through a few of our fave picks – starting with chocolate of course.

Praline Chocolatiers are new to the scene, but oh wow does their products look good.

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You can get them delivered straight to your door from their website, or pop down to the Athlone Christmas Markets from the 11th December.

If you’ve a friend who loves to go out for a meal, why not treat them to a voucher so they can try a new spot?

There are lots of fab bars, restaurants and cafes in Athlone so it’d be well worth checking them out to treat that friend.

From the award-winning The Fatted Calf restaurant to the Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurant ‘Thyme‘ and the rustic The Villager, in the heart of Glasson, you’re spoilt for choice really!

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And if you’re feeling really generous, why not go for a hotel stay too? Or treat yourself to a getaway!

Athlone has ample choice when it comes to great places to stay – the Sheraton, Hodson Bay, Wineport Lodge, the Raddison Blu, Creggan Court or Glasson Lakehouse to name a few!

The Athlone Food Circle also has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to gift baskets and based goods.

Why not go for a personalised hamper for that whiskey lover in your life?

Kilbeggan Distillery have Christmas Hampers ready to go including Kilbeggan Whiskey, glassware, chocolate or even personalise your own bottle.

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Or if they prefer stout, you could always try Dead Centre Brewing, available at BeerCloud.ie.

Another great choice is Black Donkey Brewing – they have great selection of giftware and cases of craft beer available from their website for delivery.

You can never go wrong with baked goods when visiting a friend this Christmas – and Athlone Food Circle has a variety of options here.

Try the Bastion Kitchen, Kelly’s Café or Beans & Leaves Café for some Christmas treats.

If you want to support natural food this Christmas, Glasson Farm, where all their crops are grown using eco-till techniques.

Their products are 100% traceable and are available from Bastion Kitchen, Corner House Bistro and a number of retailers in the midlands.

So there you have it – Athlone is your one-stop shop for great gifts this Christmas!