Coffee shops are the new social scene…
And there is no doubt that East Cork is ahead of the trend. One things for certain is that you can find an excellent Cup of Jo in the area of East Cork, and there is an abundance of cafés to choose from;
If you have a bit of time to spare, here are just a few fabulous cafés & restaurants that pride themselves on their coffee…
SAGE Restaurant, currently one of the McKenna Guide’s 100 Best Restaurants, is renowned for its remarkable 12 Mile Ethos.
And, if the sun shines the SAGE Courtyard, an all-weather outdoor space, with a covered and heated seating area is the perfect spot for that creamy latté.
Pier 26 Café & Restaurant, is a beautiful restaurant, bar and café, set in the stunning surrounds of Ballycotton.
Their coffee is supplied by Golden Bean, Ballymaloe. All about keeping it local, they chose this particular roaster because the business is run by local man Marc Kingston and he uses only ethically sourced and fair trade beans!
Careswood Garden Centre and Café not only serves beautiful coffee, their surroundings are heavenly. Set within a traditional walled garden, the centre is surrounded by rolling green fields and the renowned gardens of the Carewswood Estate.
They use Greenbean coffee, with every sip you can taste it’s quality and freshness. This is coffee as it should be.
In the The Bakestone Carrigtwohill you can find yourself totally at ease, and you will find that with their delicious coffee.
Bakestone has always been at the helm of creativity and experimentation, and source locally & ethically. Local, organic food always tastes better.
The Red Store Bar and Restaurant opened in 1999 in a renovated Grain Store which dates from the early 1900s.
Their courtyard is the perfect spot to enjoy your coffee on a warm afternoon. While you’re at it, try the carvery. It is sure to keep you going for the day.
O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar Midleton has been shaped on their famous, made-to-order hot or cold sandwiches, including their famous triple deckers, wraps and toasties.
Their excellent selection of coffees make for the perfect lunch companion.
The Coffee Pot, is situated right in the heart of the town of Youghal. The perfect place for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack.
They also offer homemade pastries made fresh every morning (they go hand in hand with the top quality coffee) and they also have a wide range of gluten free options.
The Granary Foodstore , Midleton is a café, restaurant and bakery.
The coffee used is called Cool Mountain Expresso, which is sourced on high mountain 100% Arabica Brazilian coffee beans from John O Riordan of Coffee Quip in Cork.
It is a full bodied strong coffee with hints of chocolate.
The Pantry Café, Bakery and Foodstore on Midleton’s Distillery Walk is a haven for homemade, top-quality dishes, served with a smile in a relaxed, cosy environment.
You could easily stay here all day drinking coffee after coffee.
Sage Youghal is all about great café food cooked beautifully and presented simply.
No frills or fuss, served with a smile and a very warm welcome. The coffee is simply scrumptious!
The Ballymaloe Café is a small intimate café where you can meet friends for
a great coffee and cake or enjoy a delicious café-style lunch.
The menu is changed daily where everything is freshly made with an emphasis on serving delicious, organic, seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients where possible.
Ferrit & Lee is located in the heart of Midleton and utilises quality, local suppliers.
All their beef and lamb is sourced from East Cork farms so you are guaranteed freshness! Their coffee is fantastic, and the café is the perfect spot for a bit of people watching.
If you’re an early riser, Rooskagh Coffee is based at Loughaderra between Castlemartyr and Midleton weekdays from 6am!
They serve delicious Badger & Dodo coffee, and now famous healthy oaties!
After all of these recommendations, there’s only one thing left to say; where shall we meet for a cup of coffee?