It’s easy to spot The Pantry – the beautiful smartly-painted exterior, hanging baskets and large windows are a welcoming sight on the Square. In fact everything about Ladonna McCartan and Mark Healy's coffee shop is welcoming, from the pleasing rooms to the excellent staff.
The building dates back to the 1850s, when it was an RIC barracks, and in recent times it began as a one-room café, which was then extended to provide more space, with a feature fireplace in the newer room to the back. Handsome wooden floors and attractive furniture provide comfortable surroundings and the added touch of a fresh flower on every table brings a sense of calm.
Not just a café but a deli and home bakery as well, the menu mainly offers light bites and excellent baking by Master Baker Pauline Coughlan - just the thing to accompany a cup of tea or a great coffee.
Quiches, frittatas, roulades, wraps and sandwiches are very popular, and complemented by a range of tasty and unusual salads, such as wild rice and cranberry salad with a spinach and cream cheese roulade.
The well made soups are a point of pride, or you might try the daily hot special such as beef stroganoff, aubergine parmigiano or chicken & broccoli bake, followed by one of their tempting desserts or cakes - they are top class, with signature brioche French toast with spiced pear compote especially popular and tiramisu, carrot cake, crumbles and chocolate gateau just a few others in the wide range offered.
Brown bread and cakes can also be ordered for takeaway.