Sheila Egan’s friendly café is the heart of Dingle for many residents and returning visitors, who love congregating in its homely surroundings of ‘rescued’ furniture (they call it upcycling these days) and the open fire, to catch up with all the news - along with some comforting and very tasty food of course.
Community is key at the Garden Café, and they like to support other local businesses. So one of the first things you’re likely to notice is the list of the people they’re proud to call their suppliers - and top of that list Kennedy's Butchers, around the corner in Orchard Lane.
A couple of years ago a signature dish was created to showcase Jerry Kennedy’s much-celebrated sausages, with buns by Courtney’s Bakery on Dick Macks Lane and onions and salad from local suppliers Kingdom Fresh. They called it the ‘Dingle Dog’ and local baker-bard Gene Courtney even penned a poem, Ode to the Dingle Dog, in its honour.
Now there’s always a ‘Dog of the Day’ on the menu, and you can read the poem while you eat.
There are all sorts of other things on the menu too, of course, including hearty comfort food like traditional lamb stew, which could be very welcome on a chilly day, and lighter things like a warm pear, brie and walnut bruschetta & salad that might be nice to take out to the back garden - along with one of the house cupcakes or a gluten free carrot cake, perhaps, and a refreshing elderflower cordial, Java Republic coffee or loose leaf tea (and you can buy a handknitted tea cosy to take home too).
It’s a terrific place and there’s always something going on - including exhibitions of local art and photography. Don’t miss it.