Dear Coffee I love you

There are so many coffee places to have a cup of coffee in Navan. But who really is making a good coffee?

I wrote a blog a while back about coffee and the top 5 coffee places in Navan. My opinion has changed. ( you can read it here )

The brand of coffee is important, and everyone likes different brands. So opinions change. But what it really comes down to is the barista. And as I’v found in Navan no one is a trained barista. 😞 The coffee in some of my favorite places change depending on who is making it. Which is quite frustrating. There is one place I know if I go at lunch time any day the same lady is making it and she is very serious about her job, her presentation and her COFFEE. I have no problem telling you that its Margaret from Ryan’s Bar on Trim Gate Street.

Ryan’s bar has everything to offer, scones from 10am, lunch daily from 12pm-4pm and an evening menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are the best sports bar in Navan and as I said in a previous blog it’s so nice to see the owners working there and been apart of the team. Just when you think Ryan’s couldn’t possibly do any more for its customers they now serve Pizza in their beer garden every Saturday and Sunday. Local lads RBs pizza are rolling out the dough. I haven’t had one yet but looking at their social media the guys are doing a great job.

I digress, food will always get me excited. There are 2 other places in town that I pop into for coffee. Ode on Market Square is really good, the coffee is consistent. They use lavAzza coffee, which I like, plus I love to sit outside and watch the world go by. The other place I go to is The Central, the coffee is really good and the staff are friendly. I’m a regular there and it’s lovely to see one young lady recognize me and remember how I like my coffee. I love the front coffee area, and again you can sit and people watch from there. I love The Centrals branded takeaway cups and always get my coffee in one.

To finish up guys. This is my opinion and my personal taste. There are few places out there with staff that can’t use a coffee machine, they serve good quality coffee badly. Beware.


Iv been finding it difficult lately to find a decent breakfast in Navan. And one that does both a good breakfast and a coffee. Very rare. The other off putting thing about eating during the day in Navan is parking.

The only decent coffee shop in Navan is Room 8. Fresh food, friendly staff and a clean building. The only negative is that it’s so small. If there’s a buggy in there, forget about having a quite breakfast.

Sunday is my treat day for a good breakfast. Room 8 is not open and I’m left with the “Greasy Spoons” type of places. So last Sunday I drove to drogheda for breakfast.

Stopped off in Boyne Pantry, and wasn’t disappointed. I got the Pantry Breakfast. I love the fact that they use local produce. Excellent coffee and friendly service. Can you open in Navan?

Top 5 coffees in Navan

Whether it’s an Americnco , a Flat White, or a latte, if you have a love for coffee, there’s a high chance that it’s a fierce love. An all consuming love. An “I can’t live without you” love. Sure, you may take a break every now and then, but once you’ve fallen in love with coffee, it’s hard to ever really commit to a long term separation.

A few weeks ago I set myself the challenge of finding the top 5 coffees in Navan. A challenge that I didn’t mind taking. I’m not a coffee addict, I love coffee but like most things I like it in moderation.

The list is totally subjective. Its my opinion. I have had coffee several times in all of these places so my opinion is based not just on the best coffee but consistent.

Why not try out the list and tell us what you think – but maybe not all on the same day, unless you’re prepared for serious caffeine jitters!

No 5

Ryans Bar, Trimgate Street Navan. A very decent coffee. Clean presentation. I Love their lunch menu here. Its fresh and supports local. Their fish cakes are a must.


No 4

Chekhovs on Trimgate street is another great cup of coffee. A nice balance and goes very well with their Tuna Lemon Caper and Sweetcorn wrap. The coffee is from Bell Lane coffee Mullingar. Nice to see a local supporting another local.


No 3

Ode Design is Home Deco, Coffee shop and Gift shop on Market Square. Not only is the coffee great but they have some very nice gourmet sandwiches.


No 2

No 2, is The Central Bar  Trimgate Street. The coffee here is always consistent and is always served with a smile. They serve some very good pastries that are made in house. Fresh is best.


No 1

Drum Roll……  Black Bird Books, Old Corn Market. I love the coffee here. Its a book shop that serves Coffee and pastries. Not only is the coffee great but it also supports a Boyne Valley Producer, a big plus for me. The coffee is from Ariosa Coffee Ashbourne.