The Spinning Wheel, the bright and airy restaurant in Margaret Griffin’s prize winning Garden Centre in Dripsey, is famous for (at least) two things: Granny and glass. You may not get to see Granny – she’s usually very busy with the baking - but when you take your seat in the restaurant, you’ll see the glass all around you, giving you great views of the colours of the garden centre itself and, on one side, of the Dripsey River.
Indeed, if it is a fine day, you may prefer one of the outdoor tables and perhaps have a view of water skiers on the river below. And it is not just the views that are great. So too is the food. You may have your breakfast here, a substantial lunch or a lingering afternoon tea. And, all day, there are salads and sandwiches to be had.
Most people opt for self-service, but you’ll be served at the table if you wish. In either case, you’ll enjoy the friendly efficient and courteous service - and good value too, especially if they're doing one of their occasional Friday Fiver offers, when some main courses are offered for a fiver - watch their Facebook page for details.
There’s nothing overly ambitious at The Spinning Wheel, but local ingredients are carefully sourced and well prepared, so the simple meals served are really lovely. You may start with a hearty breakfast, maybe featuring black and white pudding. Maher’s supply the coffees, Barry’s the teas.
And if you don’t have time for anything major, you must find enough of it to enjoy some of that traditional baking – you might even be lucky enough to see Granny bringing one of her freshly made tempting cakes to the counter.