The Blackberry Café, Thomastown

Jackie Hoyne’s iconic Blackberry Café is housed in a historic, award winning building that was once a cobblers in the heart of Thomastown. Dedicated to local food produce, it serves quality foods using local suppliers, such as Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese and pork products, locally grown organic fruit and vegetables and employs traditional recipes. Fresh baked cakes, tarts and scones with Blackberry Café’s own jam are favourites and the café has attracted a loyal following for its coffee alone. A take away service is available.

Where: Market Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Open: Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 5.30pm; Sat, 10.00am – 5.30pm.
Mobile: 086 775 5303
E-mail: jackiehoyne@hotmail.com
Web: www.theblackberrycafe.ie
Lavistown Cheese and Organic Bacon Quiche or Knockdrinna Open Sandwich on Tess’s Triple Seed Loaf.
GPS: N +52° 31.546’ W -7° 08.342’


The Watergarden, Thomastown

Enjoy the natural food of The Watergarden Café where light lunches, salads, soups and home baked cakes are served in a relaxed and peaceful environment. The ethos is on using organic and local ingredients where possible. Stroll through the beautiful walled and stream side gardens, then browse the garden shop and art gallery. The Watergarden Café was established by Camphill Communities of Ireland in 1993 to provide day facilities for people of all abilities.

Where: Ladywell Street, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Open: Tue – Fri, 10.00am – 4.00pm; Lunch served 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Phone: 056 772 4690
E-mail: the_watergarden@camphill.ie
Web: www.camphill.ie
Watch out for arts & crafts workshops and special celebration seasonal events, e.g. Harvest and Midsummer Festivals.
GPS: N +52° 31.603’ W -7° 08.400’


Jarrow Café, Castlecomer

The Jarrow Café, run by Evan and Anna Stewart, is located in the beautiful and spacious oak timbered visitor centre at Castlecomer Discovery Park with outdoor seating available on the terrace. Listed in The Bridgestone Guide, The Jarrow Café provides a wide range of homemade delights including our wholesome brown bread and fabulous Sticky Toffee Pudding, breakfasts, lunches, tea, coffees, cakes and snacks served 7 days a week. Evening functions by arrangement.

Where: Castlecomer Discovery Park, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
Open: Mon – Sun, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Tel: 056 444 0019
Mobile: 087 686 8585
E-mail: evannastewart@gmail.com
Enjoy the Jarrow’s famous Sticky Toffee Pudding after a walk on the trails, a tree top adventure or a browse in the craft shops GPS: N +52° 48.386’ W -7° 12.203’ of the Estate Yard.€55.
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Café L’Arche, Callan

Café L’Arche in the Old Market House, Callan is a warm and inviting space. We serve home cooked foods, many locally sourced. Our specialities are healthy lunches, delicious homemade desserts and great coffee. Café L’Arche is part of the L’Arche Kilkenny Community which provides a home and meaningful work for all its members many of whom have an intellectual disability. The café provides a friendly welcoming space with healthy tasty food and good coffee. Coeliac friendly.

Where: Green Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
Open:   Tue – Fri, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Phone: 056 770 6891
E-mail: cafelarchekk@eircom.net
GPS: N +52° 32.628’ W -7° 23.438’