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Walton Court Café

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2 euro 'Best Budget' denotes moderately priced establishment (max. less than €50pps for accommodation or €35 for 3-course meal without drinks) Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Walton Court Café
Oysterhaven Co Cork
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In a scenic location overlooking Oysterhaven Bay, near Kinsale, Paul and Janis Rafferty’s lovely old house is a listed building dating back to 1645; it has an atmospheric café, which is open to the public and, along with the weekend restaurant across the courtyard, has become a treat destination for local aficionados - and a very useful place to know about if you are holidaying in the area.
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  • Location - Waterside
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Walton Court Café

In a scenic location overlooking Oysterhaven Bay, near Kinsale, Paul and Janis Rafferty’s lovely old house is a listed building dating back to 1645. Following years of restoration, it’s home to a number of activities and events – and the courtyard conversion includes an atmospheric café, which is open to the public. Both the café and weekend restaurant across the courtyard, the Garden Room, have become a treat destination for local aficionados - we have been charmed by it since our first visit in spring 2012 and it is a very useful place to know about if you are holidaying in the area.


With a high raftered ceiling, traditional woodblock floor, and sage green bentwood chairs at marble-topped tables sporting fresh flowers, the café is a very attractive spot – and weather-proof too, with both a cosy stove for colder days and patio doors overlooking an outside seating area for fine weather bedecked with flowers and greenery. But perhaps the best is saved for the walls, which are hung with interesting artwork and a series of blackboards listing all the temptations of the day.


While the café is best known for great cakes and pastries (and this was a special strength in the 2013 season, when it was run by Christine Girault of laspoon.ie), the main menu board offers gorgeous freshly baked breads in various combinations. The breads, which are made with organic flour, are also on sale at the counter to take away. Wholemeal slices come with soup of the day (roasted vegetable, perhaps), for example, and in open sandwiches such as smoked salmon with capers, or fresh crab (which, commendably, includes some brown meat as well as white); alternatively, delicious, crusty ciabatta features in hot sandwiches such as the Tuscan, with aubergine, olives and melted brie. There’s also a dish of the day – a beef & Guinness pie, perhaps – and a wide choice of really delicious salads, many of them grown by Janis.


Desserts listed on yet another board include those gorgeous cakes and pastries and local artisan ice creams from Happy Days - there are various flavours to choose from, but you won’t beat the vanilla partnered by Walton Court chocolate brownies warm from the oven...


A wide range of drinks includes wines and beer – and you’ll find local specialities as well as international names, including craft beers from the Dungarvan Brewing Company – and the drinks menu also features Eric van der Kroon’s Kinsale Roastinghouse coffee alongside traditional thirst quenchers like elderflower cordial and lemonade.


Both the café and the weekend restaurant feature a beguiling mixture of local produce and continental specialities which match the ambience perfectly.


A delightful place to linger awhile.

Open Tue-Sun, 11am to 5pm, closed Monday. Check waltoncourt.com for seasonal changes. Visa, MasterCard (min spend €10) abbreviations
Last Updated: 25-04-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Walton Court Cafe - Oysterhaven County Cork Ireland - garden
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Walton Court Cafe - Oysterhaven County Cork Ireland
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9km from Kinsale (Cork side); R600 to Belgooly, signs to Oysterhaven.

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19th August 2012
Maria Parker
This café is well worth a trip. It has delicious local, organic food and a satisfying selection of yummy tarts and cakes. The coffee is of high quality and I had to stop myself after two cappuccinos to avoid a restless night! The atmosphere is serene and almost Parisian in its décor. The staff were cheerful and I assume they were happy to work in such a lovely place. After lunch I went for a walk in the main garden and the views of Oysterhaven Bay are breathtaking. It’s not often you find a little gem like this.
30th November 2012
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How right you are, it's a bit out of the way but well worth seeking out. Georgina

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