DROGHEDA

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

Clon­mel es­tab­lish­ment Hickey’s Bak­ery has four gen­er­a­tions worth of flour and but­ter un­der its fin­ger­nails. Nes­tled be­side the town’s his­toric West Gate, the bak­ery, famed for its award-win­ning barm brack, is mak­ing a name for its cute coun­try-style café out front.

With its large win­dows – where you can watch the peo­ple on the street and the sheep on the hills – Nuala Hickey has trans­formed the tra­di­tional “fancy bak­ery” far beyond breads, with an ex­ten­sive lunch menu of good Ir­ish coun­try cook­ing (the Aga is still in reg­u­lar use) with a mod­ern kick; from Inch House black pud­ding sal­ads (¤7.95) to steak sand­wiches with swiss cheese and red onion mar­malade (¤8.95) and a huge se­lec­tion of cakes and pas­tries. And for those who re­ally, re­ally must have some of that brack but can’t get to Clon­mel, th­ese days you can or­der it on­line.

EAST­ERN SEABOARD BAR & GRILL

2 Bryanstown Cen­tre, Drogheda, Co Louth 041-980 2570, east­ernseaboard.ie ¤¤

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