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A Favourite Eating Place for Young and Old

August 201306th


A Favourite Eating Place for Young and Old

Right in the heart of this thriving town of Nenagh, on a corner of a small but select shopping precinct, you’ll find a Badger & Dodo coffee sign alerting you to the presence of Grainne Moylan's bakery-café, long a favourite eating place for young and old, but now housed in bright and attractive modern premises. In good weather you can sit outside beside a paved courtyard, away from the traffic, otherwise you find a table inside, which is bright and cheerful with a mural on one wall.

Somehow managing to combine selling home baked bread, quiches, cakes and gateaux alongside providing hot lunches, breakfasts, brunches and afternoon teas, The Pantry is a buzzing hive of activity at all times. 

Aside from the hot specials of the day (typically roast beef, salmon in a white wine and chive sauce, roast chicken), you can choose from a range of warm salads (pear, goats’ cheese, pine nuts, beetroot and salad leaves, for example), or go for something quaintly called the ‘hot belly’ experience, where you choose a roll or a bagel and then wait for it to be filled to bursting with all kinds of goodies.

Vegetarians and coeliacs are always catered for – pasta with freshly made tomato and basil sauce liberally sprinkled with parmesan, perhaps, or a warm chicken and ginger noodle stir-fry that is simply to die for. Those with a sweet tooth will be happy with the wide range of homemade pavlovas, coffee cakes, tarts and crumbles.

While home baking and their own range of preserves are specialties, there's a real sense of the surrounding food community and many of the delicious dishes offered showcase local foods. The Pantry’s use of Una O’Dwyer sausage meat, Daly’s of Nenaghs fresh fish, organic leaves from Florence Ryan and fruit and vegetables from Liam Flannery and Tara O’ Brian are perfect examples of this.  One only has to taste Crowe's Farm sausages and rashers in the breakfast, and take a glance at the selection of Lough Derg Chocolates that are for sale to understand that most of the produce is sourced locally. Not only is The Pantry Café and its staff passionate about food, they believe in shopping local and supporting the surrounding shops and suppliers in the area.

Offering simple, quality food at modest prices, this is a really enjoyable place to take a break.

Seats 70 (outdoors, 20); Open Mon-Sat, 8.30am-6pm. Children welcome (high chair, baby changing facilities); wheelchair accessible (public areas & toilets); air conditioning; free broadband wifi. No reservations. Closed Sunday. MasterCard, Visa, Laser.

The proprietor Grainne Moylan is 20 years in business and they have been operating in Quintin's Way for the past 8 years. Starting out with a staff of 6 this has now grown to 19 and among this group are staff members who have worked with Grainne for the past 11 to 15 years.

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