Behind the food: Hook and Ladder

A Delicious, Eclectic Food Combination

A family run business that first opened its doors on Sarsfield Street to a great reception in May 2014. Hook & Ladder ‘living café’ brought something fresh and exciting to the Limerick City café scene in the form of their flagship store on Sarsfield Street with a distinctive new retail, dining and culinary experience and has been evolving and setting trends ever since. We met with Andrew Moloney, manager of Hook & Ladder for coffee and to try their delicious (and highly recommended) “Organic Eggs Florentine” and we had a chat about the bright future of Hook & Ladder.

Hook & Ladder is indeed much more that your typical café; it offers an exciting variety of store concepts under one roof – café, cookery school, and home accessories store. ‘’Customers can relish the delicious café offerings, enhance their culinary skills in the Cookery School, buy locally sourced produce from the artisan display, or purchase a distinctive and inspiring range of occasional furniture and accessories.’’

Following the immense success and customer reaction of the Sarsfield Street flagship store, Hook & Ladder expanded by opening in Corbally in April 2015 & again in Castletroy in late 2015. The company have a great brand ethos in that “We offer much more than just a café, the team at Hook & Ladder strive daily to provide excellent service in an intimate and homely café setting”. Andrew tells us.

A visit to Hook & Ladder is most definitely an experience not to be forgotten as high quality food, friendly service, commitment to local food producers, and eye-catching interior design and décor is a guaranteed offering each visit.

Once you walk through the doors of Hook & Ladder you will be struck by the gorgeous décor that besets the entire café. Another special and distinct attribute and offering of Hook & Ladder is that the majority of their expertly arranged and chosen furnishing and decorations are available for purchase then and there within the café, so you can decorate your home while enjoying a variety of artisan food and coffee in the relaxed specialised setting. “Our extensive range includes kitchen accessories, occasional furniture, soft furnishings, vintage pieces, seasonal accessories, gifts, mirrors, lamps and much more. In addition to this, all the café fittings, from cutlery and crockery, to tables and chairs are available to purchase, all with the help of our expertly trained staff.’’ Andrew smiles.

Keeping with the ethos of proving much more than the typical café experience Hook & Ladder provides an array of services: Serving food all day, each premises is open seven days a week and offers excellent artisan food for all taste buds, catering for breakfast through to evening meals. Hook & Ladder not only provides a fantastic selection of meals using locally sourced produce but also a well renowned selection of premium coffees, speciality teas, an assortment of fine wines as well as luxurious cakes, pastries, pies and homemade breads that are baked fresh daily.

Well-equipped and set to the highest standard – Hook & Ladder is also a cookery school, which is known nationwide for its well-trained chefs and learning experiences. ‘’Our Cookery School offers a wide range of classes and courses especially designed to cater for all levels and abilities, such as Thai Cuisine, Italian, Mexican, Fish, Bread Making, Baking and much more, so whether you’re a complete beginner or an accomplished cook there will be a course for you. It is a fantastic way to enhance your cooking skills all while having fun with family, friends and colleagues.’’ There is an array of cookery classes to be experienced, whether you are looking to brush up on speciality cooking skills or if it is your first real taste of manoeuvring your way around a kitchen there is a class suitable for absolutely everyone. Speciality classes such as Men Only Cookery Lessons and Mother & Daughter Cookery Classes are ensured to be a great experience to improve your skills in a relaxed and knowledgeable environment. ‘’The Cookery School is fast becoming very popular with corporate clients for team building, sports & social clubs and Christmas party nights etc. Each event is tailored to meet your particular needs and requests.’’ says Andrew.

Hook & Ladder have achieved fantastic success in the two years they have been in business and a visit to one of their cafes would show that this success is greatly deserved. The success is sure to be on the rise as Hook & Ladder shows absolutely no signs of faltering in their experience and constant continuation of improving themselves as both a brand and a service. A testament to the service on offer at Hook & Ladder is the fact that in two short years they reaped such prestigious awards as: REI “Best Artisan Food Store” in Ireland, “Fit Out Project” of the Year, and just recently has been voted by the Irish Independent number three in Cookery Schools in Ireland.

A visit to Hook & Ladder is most definitely an experience not to be missed in any of their three locations in Limerick: Sarsfield Street, Corbally and Castletroy “We are really looking forward to the next year, we have a lot of exciting things to come for our customers.’’

For more information and to get involved with everything Hook & Ladder has to offer contact Sarah on 061-413778, email or visit

Hook and Ladder Opening Hours:

Sarsfield Street, Limerick City:

Monday – 8:00am – 6:00pm

Tuesday – Saturday: 8:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm


Monday – Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm


Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 5:30pm

Friday – Saturday: 8:30am -6:00pm

Sunday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Article by: Cornelia O’Riordan

Photography by Deirdre Power