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Knox 32 O’Con­nell St, Sligo 071-9141575 knoxs­ligo.ie/ ¤¤

Pa­trick Sweeney and David Dunne opened Knox in May 2015, af­ter leav­ing ca­reers in bank­ing to fol­low their dream of open­ing a food busi­ness. Their ef­forts haven’t gone un­no­ticed, and they won Best Café in Sligo in the Con­naught round of the Ir­ish Restau­rant Awards ear­lier this year.

The kitchen team is led by Shane Mee­han and Kai Puls, and their cakes and muffins are baked by Stacy McGowan. Knox St was what O’Con­nell St was known pre-1920, and the orig­i­nal street sign hangs on the wall of the café, a present from a cus­tomer who un­earthed it for Sweeney and Dunne.

Served from 6pm to 10pm, Thurs­day through Satur­day, the menu in­cludes tapas stal­warts such as char­cu­terie boards (¤12) along­side in­ven­tive spe­cials such as scal­lops with crispy chicken skin and bites of ham hock ter­rine.

For break­fast, I go for a pot of crunchy house gra­nola (¤4.50).

It’s gen­er­ous in size and the pro­por­tion of gra­nola to yo­gurt and fruit is well-judged. It’s an ex­am­ple of the sub­stance be­hind pleas­ant pre­sen­ta­tion at Knox. I also in­dulge in the the Sligo Break­fast Bap (¤7), which is made up of a meat patty made for Knox by Sheerin’s Butch­ers in Bal­ly­moate.

I ad­mire what Sweeney and Dunne have done with Knox. They’ve taken their ex­pe­ri­ences as cus­tomers and ap­plied them to their own space, by sourc­ing good pro­duce and bring­ing in culi­nary ta­lent such as Stacy McGowan, whose muffins are well worth writ­ing home about. AMcE

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