Grangecon Cafe

Grangecon Cafe and Foodstore is not, as the name might suggest, in the tiny West Wicklow village of Grangecon. Nine years ago, it was. But these days you’ll find its delicious light meals and excellent coffee served in the nearby town of Blessington.

Confusion about the name aside, this is one of the best cafes in the county, if not the country. There is a real focus on local suppliers, as proudly listed on the cafe website. Staff are delightful. The setting – an ancient schoolhouse – is well-lit, beautifully decorated in rustic style, and bedecked with charming works of art by local artists.

Most importantly, the end product is delicious. On our visit, we ate poached eggs with black pudding and grilled tomatoes, and a roasted red pepper omelette with goat’s cheese. Several rounds of homemade toast and well-brewed tea rounded off an excellent meal.

Here’s the “mission statement” about suppliers from the website:

We strive to buy the very best local food and support Irish producers. Here is a list of some of our suppliers Ballybrado and Doves. Hilda and Dominic Quinn from Castleruddery organic farm supply us with organic salad leaves and seasonal vegetables, we also use Eddie Whelan from Dunlavin for potatoes, apples and rhubarb. Jenny Young from Castlefarm supplies us with organic eggs for our lunch specials. We only use free range chicken from Carlow foods, free range pork and dry cured bacon from T. J. Crowe in Tipperary, and beef and lamb from both Crimmins butchers in Blessington and Myles Doyle in Dunlavin. We source our dry cured lunch ham (which we cook off slowly ourselves with delicious spices) from Dunlavin bacon. Our fish comes from the fabulous ‘East Coast Fish shop’ in Naas town.

Craigies Cider

Craigies Cider is an Irish independent cider maker based in Grangecon

Simon Tyrrell and Angus Craigie blend different Irish apples to make a range of delicious ciders.

Craigies’ first cider, the Ballyhook Flyer, is available in a range of stockists. Locally these include the Wicklow Wine Co. in Wicklow town, Moore’s of Grangecon, and Next Door Off Licence in Blessington.

Read more about Craigies Cider in this Irish Times article »