SHELL’S CAFÉ AND LIT­TLE SHOP

Strand­hill, Co Sligo, 071-9122938 €

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

shellscafe.com Jane and Myles Lam­berth were look­ing for the good life and found it in Strand­hill, Co Sligo. They opened their sea­side café and bak­ery in 2006, think­ing it might be a sea­sonal gig and that they could spend the rest of the year surf­ing. But then they got re­ally busy. Turns out peo­ple travel for a great brunch.

This blue-hued café looks out onto the Sligo shore, and on a sunny day, you can sit out­side on their benches and feel like you’re living Jane and Myles’ dream. Take a walk around the beach and come back ready for nour­ish­ment.

They have spe­cials on ev­ery week. You might be lucky and catch their Buttermilk Pancakes with dry cured ba­con (¤6.95) or maybe their roast chicken, av­o­cado, hal­loumi, cheese and spicy mayo toastie (¤9.50 with a side salad and chips).

They love do­ing break­fast sal­ads as well; when I was last in I had a pork belly salad which came with chunks black pud­ding and a per­fectly poached egg. Woah, momma.

They’re open from 9am-6pm Mon-Sun­day, serv­ing break­fast, lunch and din­ner. There’s home­made cakes, Ir­ish-roasted cof­fee and glasses of wine on of­fer, too. They opened a shop next door sell­ing some of their favourite things. There’s food pro­duce, ce­ram­ics, fancy pa­per and other lovely things. Oh, and did I men­tion the cou­ple have writ­ten two cook­books? Turns out you can get a lot done when you’re living your dream.

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