KIL­DARE

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

MAD HAT­TER CAFÉ

Unit 1, Keenan’s Lane, Cas­tle­d­er­mot, Co Kil­dare, 085-7148085, mad­hat­ter­cafe.ie ¤ A pleas­ant sur­prise on a dark, stormy Sun­day af­ter­noon, this cosy café open for break­fast and lunch seven days a week. There’s a range of sand­wiches, soups and wraps, plus shelves of good­ies to take home, in­clud­ing breads, cakes, pre­serves, oils and cof­fees – there’s a ta­ble of freshly pot­ted jars of home­made chut­ney await­ing la­bels when we pop in.

The menu, which feels a lit­tle dated, but ob­vi­ously works as the place is jammed, in­cludes an all-day break­fast (vari­a­tions on a full Ir­ish, from ¤6.50 to ¤8.75 with juice, tea or cof­fee) and home­made gra­nola with yo­ghurt and coulis (¤4.95). The panini, which has qui­etly skulked out the back door of many lunchtime es­tab­lish­ments, lives on here, named af­ter char­ac­ters in Alice in Won­der

land (the mo­tif is car­ried through to the menu and dé­cor). The Twee­dle­dum (¤7.25) has goat’s cheese, house-roasted veg­eta­bles, sun dried tomato and pesto.

A cia­batta spe­cial of turkey, brie, stuffing and cran­berry sauce (in March?) is de­clared ex­cel­lent, de­spite its un­sea­son­able in­gre­di­ents. My toasted club sand­wich (¤6.75) is very good – a triple decker of thick gra­nary bread with ten­der

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