Peter and Deirdre Dorrity's charming specialist food shop and café is in the centre of Skerries with a wide pavement at the front that allows space for an outside seating area - making a very pleasant place to enjoy a bite to eat while people-watching in fine weather. And at the back there's an enclosed garden area, where outdoor tables have the protection of a stained glass pergola and rugs are provided to snuggle under if it gets chilly.
The shop has always sold a carefully selected range of artisan produce from Ireland and abroad, but in late 2013 the couple introduced a big change with a handsome extension into the building next door where there is now an impressive modern deli. Here you will still find all the favourites - their own home-made range of hummus, for example, along with basil pesto, olive tapenade and sweet Harissa pepper oil, also the range of unusual salads that is freshly prepared for the deli and may include lentil & roasted vegetables, lemon & mint couscous and mixed bean salad amongst many others
All these items make regular appearances on the café menu, along with other good things, including about ten types of muffins every day, home-made soups, panini and home-baked cookies. Doubling the size of the premises has allowed for more seating in the café too - but, despite the extra space and the smart refurb, it's still full of charm.
In July and August, they also open as a wine bar in the evening at weekends, offering simple fare like platters of meats and farmhouse cheeses - and, a novel idea, they have Picnic Baskets for rent in the summer; with the lovely beaches and Ardgillan Castle on the doorstep, there are lots of lovely places to picnic, with a basket full of goodies from the deli.
And gorgeous homemade cakes are available to order at any time, just give 24 hours notice...
All this, and keen, knowledgeable staff too - magic.