Right in the heart of this thriving town of Nenagh, in a corner premises 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, and 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 are always catered for – pasta with freshly made tomato and basil sauce liberally sprinkled with parmesan, perhaps – and anyone with a sweet tooth will be very happy with the wide range of home made pavlovas, coffee cakes, tarts and crumbles.
While home baking and their own range of preserves are specialities, there's a real sense of the surrounding food community and many of the delicious dishes offered showcase local foods - Crowe's Farm sausages and rashers from Dundrum in the breakfast, for example.
Offering simple, quality food at modest prices, this a really enjoyable place to take a break.