The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

A great lit­tle spot in the vil­lage of Adare, you can smell The Good Room be­fore you make it to the door. The great bak­ing scent wafts down the street (ev­ery su­per­mar­ket de­signer’s dream) as ev­ery­thing here is baked on site daily. The café is inside a pretty cot­tage which has been ren­o­vated but still has some of the orig­i­nal brick­work, and there is ex­tra seat­ing out­side – a bit op­ti­mistic at this time of year. It’s an ideal stop just off the nearby mo­tor­way, and I sense they get a lot of pass­ing trade. It serves the usual café fare of soups, sal­ads, hot and cold sand­wiches – with prices start­ing at ¤4 – but un­like many cafes that rely on pass­ing cus­tom, the qual­ity of the in­gre­di­ents is good and the food is fresh and tasty.

The real rea­son to come though is that bak­ing. Cakes, crois­sants, scones, mac­arons, tarts… the frangi­pane and pear, and ap­ple with cus­tard tarts (¤4.50) are par­tic­u­larly good, and are rea­son enough to exit the mo­tor­way.


7 Strand Rd, Bray, Co. Wick­low, 01-538 4000, plat­formpiz­z­ ¤ Barely a year old, Plat­form has al­ready won the Best Pizza in Ire­land ti­tle in this news­pa­per. Own­ers Conor and Ni­cola Dug­gan wanted to cre­ate a fam­ily-friendly pizza place, that wouldn’t scare away the cool 20some­things. The huge menu of­fers flat­breads, sal­ads,

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