Situated just off the main thoroughfare in Greystones, this attractive daytime café has an eye-catching yellow and blue exterior and outdoor seating surrounded by neat hedging.
With a high ceiling and large front windows, the café is bright and airy, and contemporary wooden furniture blends well with an old-fashioned brick fireplace, where a log fire burns on cold winter days. Alternatively, on a warm summer day, the paved garden is a riot of flowers, with tables and chairs arranged to get the best of the sun.
Since Niamh Tait and Katie Doyle took over Summervilles there’s a definite ‘young’ feel to the menu and daily specials are displayed on a board on the counter while the large blackboard gives the regular dishes.
The most popular dish is chicken Summerville, unusually made with a mix of cornflakes and nuts on top, and specials include dishes such as a Mediterranean tart, baked salmon and spicy chicken tortilla, served with two salads (from a good selection).
Good home baking is a strength and desserts such as pear and almond tart, bakewell tart and a daily crumble are appetisingly displayed - and hard to resist. Everything is tasty, well-presented and served by cheerful, well-trained staff who know the menu well.
Wine is mostly by the quarter bottle but there’s a good choice of teas, both regular and herbal and coffees.
This is one of Greystones’ most popular eating places, and it’s easy to see why.