I stopped off here for breakfast one Sunday morning recently on my way back to Dublin. The place was positively buzzing at 9:30 am. The breakfast room offers the usual buffet style for self-service with the customary juices and fruits, “fresh” out of the tin or packet, but not from the market. When, if ever, are we going to get away from food served straight out of tins and packets in this country of ours?
The rest of the breakfast is served at table and there is a good choice on the menu including the usual Irish breakfast fry, organic porridge, pancakes and fish. The table is attractively set out with linen cloths, shining silver cutlery and attractive crockery. Although the place was extremely busy I was served quickly and efficiently. I was not asked if I wanted toast which came automatically and which was left go to waste, as I did not need any.
I opted for the porridge and the pancakes. The porridge came with crème fraîche and honey and was very tasty indeed. What arrived next were the American style pancakes and not the French style crêpes that I was expecting. However, they came without sauce of any kind and I had to request some honey to accompany them. That seemed slightly odd to me not to serve maple syrup with this dish. And they were slightly burned on the outside, which I could have done without but still they were fairly okay. If the place had not been so busy, I would have returned them to the kitchen, but I took pity on the slightly harassed staff so I simply ate them.
The coffee was very good: it was strong and hot and was indeed a welcome treat at this hour of the morning. Breakfast is nearly always a good-value meal in this country and for €12 it really set me up for the day.
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