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Blarney’s best-kept secret

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 4:37pm

Local children call it ‘the secret garden café’. Why? Well, it's a walled-in garden overlooking the village green.

Tucked away on the square in Blarney village is the Old Blarney Post Office café, the perfect hideaway spot for families, kids and even dogs!

In its third season now, the café faithfully follows an ethos of using as much locally grown and sourced produce as possible. Owner Lenka Forrest especially likes to use produce from the Old Butter Roads Food Trails: the Muskerry, Avondhu and Duhallow areas of county Cork.

The Old Post Office serves bread baked daily from award-winning bakery Arbutus in Cork, fresh organic lettuce from Annabella farm in Mallow, fresh Toons Bridge cheese delivered weekly from near Macroom, and coffee roasted a few miles away by Badger & Dodo boutique roaster, to name just a few of its local partner producers.

Morning visitors can enjoy the smell of freshly baked scones and cakes in the café, as well as the daily prepared vegan butternut squash soup and feta and basil pesto quiches.

Other hits are the café’s freshly baked waffles as well as its eggs Benedict and eggs and avocado, which are served all day from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. All this can be washed down with a glass of Hugo - prosecco with home-made elderflower cordial and mint, hot mulled wine or cider.

Over the last two years, the café has become an integral part of Blarney’s food and event scene, with charity movie and music nights regularly held there, as well as the meeting of the gab storytellers on occasions.

Lenka said: “All this would not be possible without the hard working, genuinely friendly and caring staff such as Kathleen, Christina, Catherine, Linda and all the lovely students who work with us during the busy summer months. This is where the true spirit of Blarney shines through.”

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