A cycling holiday in Ireland is a great way to explore the country as it offers spectacular scenery, breathtaking landscapes and endless opportunities to find your adventurous side! People often say that cycling is a great way to stay in shape – and it is! – but when you’ve got such great food, wonderful restaurants and charming tea rooms along your routes, it’s a little more difficult! This blog is the first blog of many which will showcase some of the best places to eat when you are touring along the Wild Atlantic Way. Clare has a lot more to offer than you might realise…
Ennis is quickly establishing itself as a top Irish town when it comes to food and hospitality. And after a trip to Cairde Cafe on Barrack St. between the cathedral and the market, it’s easy to see why! Cairde is a quirky and vibrant cafe with a genuine welcome from the staff and a warm positive atmosphere. Given that the name ‘Cairde’ comes from the Irish word ‘friends’ – it almost goes without saying that the waiting staff, owner and regulars are friendly and welcoming. When asked what it was like to work in Cairde, staff were quick to say “the name over the door and the main man on the floor” make it easy. Though nearly always bustling and full, the customers can relax and are made to feel at home. They say the best sign of any place is whether or not the locals eat there. Well, they do…in force! So much so, the staff pretty much know the orders of a lot of the regulars as they come in the door!
And making that order? Always a toughie in Cairde! The menu is pretty unique and is inspired by the travelling experiences of owner, Ger Baker. Like many cafes up and down the country, you’ll find all the usual favourites: the fry, the panini, the wraps, etc. However, in Cairde, you could order a Breakfast Burrito (all the fun of a full Irish, with a strong Mexican twist!), Eggs Royale (Poached eggs on an English muffin with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce) or American Style Pancakes (with blueberries or bacon) – the staff favourite! Add the different ciabattas, soups, salads and of course hot drinks to that and you’ve got an unbelievable breakfast, brunch or midday feast sorted!
As you walk in the door, you’ll straight away feel at home in the cosy layout – but there is something unusual in Cairde that is not found in a lot of Irish homes. Pretty much every Irish Mammy would kill you for writing on the wall, but here it is encouraged! Staying with the theme of ‘friendliness’, family and friends of staff members have had their autographs framed on the wall. It makes for a pretty cool feature, with a few local celebrities having signed the ‘wall of fame’ too!
With the Wild Atlantic Way bringing even more people than ever before through the narrow streets of Ennis and Fleadh 2016 only around the corner, it is inevitable that many will make their way towards Cairde. And they won’t be disappointed! Neither will you!
To book your spot or simply like them on facebook, see the contact details below…
– Enda (May 2015)
087 – 7083894
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