Today we ventured to Easkey to Pudding Row.
It’s only been open 8 months and has already been named ‘Café of the Year’ by John & Sally McKenna’s Guides. I’d been dying to get out since its opening in July, but it was something I just kept putting on the long finger, plus if I’m honest I imagined Easkey to be a lot further than it actually is! It only takes 30 minutes! I love following Pudding Row’s snaps on Instagram. Upon arrival you discover that the café is upstairs. It’s above a gift shop and Easkey House Surfing and Information Centre. But don’t let that put you off – there is a chair lift for wheelchair users. It is also very family friendly and spacious. There is a little section for children full of toys, which is a nice touch. The decor is really beautiful – open plan, high ceilings and edgy bark furnishings. I didn’t really take many decor pictures as I didn’t want to impose too much, plus I was hobbling along.It’s really bright and the large window with sea view lights up the café. There is a lovely sense of space and the tables are nicely spaced out. You’re not on top of anyone. It was a wee bit chilly today, but that’s forgivable as they just reopened today after the winter.
Everything is homemade, even the bagels. I got the veggie option: hummus, nutty pesto, avocado and halloumi and loved it. I added a mini soup too: roast celeriac and apple with hazelnut and tarragon pesto. That was really tasty and warming. If it’s great food and homemade treats you’re after I would highly recommend a visit. I’d choose tea over coffee here. We will definitely be going back on Sundays. The Victoria sponge is so fresh and although I don’t normally love caramel squares I really found the sea salt caramel irresistible. Dervla Conlon (formerly of The Pepper Pot Café in Dublin’s Powerscourt Shopping Centre) is the creative behind Pudding Row. You’ll see her busy in the kitchen cutting bread and making Victoria sponge, donning a skirt or dress. She also runs cookery classes for all age groups. I thought this was a gorgeous touch that you could recreate at home: snowdrops and hedging in little recycled yoghurt pots.
Simple, but effective.
Plan your visit to Pudding Row this weekend and go for a stroll on Dunmoran Strand. You won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for reading.
Enjoy the treats,