Located in the former Delgany Inn, this stylishly renovated complex houses several businesses in one place – the Firehouse Bakery, the Romany Stone Restaurant, The Delgany Grocer and The Bungalow florist and gift shop – that have all banded together to make The Delgany a go-to destination.
Patrick Ryan’s brilliant flagship Firehouse Bakery caught the national imagination when it opened on Heir Island off West Cork in 2012 and this very welcome bakery café is its first mainland outpost, where you’ll find artisan breads and pastries served with tea and coffee.
As on Heir Island (where there’s also a bread school; classes at both venues are very much in demand) the wood-fired oven is at the heart of the open plan operation, where you can watch the bakers at work producing their superb sourdough breads and other treats while enjoying the fruits of their labour. There’s also outdoor seating on a small patio outside the gift shop where you can relax in fine weather.
Upstairs, Romany Stone Restaurant has a contemporary yet homely feel and has been designed for comfort, with sofas and leather armchairs for lounging in next to wood-burning stoves or under a skylight that lets the sunshine pour in, and plenty of big potted plants that soften the hard edges.
Casual dining and bistro-style food is on offer here – think croque monsieurs, Reuben sandwiches, potted crab and crayfish and a gorgeous lemon drizzle or homemade carrot cake. Sandwiches are made with bread from the bakery downstairs, which really makes them something special. It’s mainly a daytime operation, but fans of the Romany Stone in its atmospheric old Redcross location will be glad they can head here for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
And Jackie Spillane’s The Delgany Grocer is more than just a ’boutique grocer’, his aim is to offer a reasonably priced alternative for the weekly shop, with an emphasis on good-quality, seasonal and local items. They carry a good selection of well-sourced pantry staples, fresh fruit and veg, meat from the local Farrelly’s Butchers, Irish cheeses, Irish-made fresh pasta and more. Breads are made on-site by Firehouse Bakery and there's a deli with Laragh Stuart frsh meals among the temptations on offer.
A small florist and gift shop, The Bungalow, stocks the Voya range of seaweed products from County Sligo , the locally made Ecomelts candles, a small selection of art and other gifts and flowers.
Located just a few minutes’ drive off the N11, The Delgany is a terrific place to know about when visiting beautiful County Wicklow, or to visit as a destination in its own right. Unsurprisingly it’s a big hit with locals, so it’s a good idea to book ahead if you want a meal here.