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?

On a lovely afternoon in the Boyne Valley we headed to Slane Castle for Lunch. Brownes bar is new and I had heard raving reviews. 

Living a short distance from Slane I had never been to the Castle before. Which is a real shame.  As we drove up to the castle it looked amazing. Fabulous grounds and something  so magical about it. 


The entrance into Brownes is really special. Decorated with out door chairs and planters. A really nice walk to the front door. You could close your eyes and imagine been a princess The weather was so good we could have been anywhere. But the real beauty was that we weren’t just anywhere, we were in The Boyne Valley. 

We were lucky to get a table. It was very busy. We opted to sit inside, as nice as it was outside it was a tad cold . Menus dropped by a very polite young girl. 


Really nice information on the menu telling us the story about where the Bar got its name. I can confirm I was as relaxed as Ms Browne was. It was nice to sit there and try to imagine what it looked like back then. 

The menu was limited for me, as I don’t eat red meat or cheese. The only fish option was crab claws and I wasn’t in the mood for this. I did see other guests enjoying them and they looked delicious. But for me I went for a dessert and coffee. Doughnuts with strawberrys. Flavours were Jam and Salted Caramel. Absolutely delicious. So soft and fresh and just the right amount of filling. Coming back again for this and just might treat myself to a glass of prosecco. 


The only criticism I have and it’s not a major one, it seemed to be over staffed, with this leaving the service a bit sloppy, everyone seemed to be a bit like “busy fools” It was difficult to get anyones attention to get the bill. Saying that however it was a very relaxed afternoon and I can’t wait to return with friends. 

Recently took a short break to Faro Algarve Portugal. We were looking for somewhere quite with a pool and a bit of culture. Faro was perfect. 


We flew with Ryan Air. The flight was about 3 hours. Getting from Faro airport to Faro was very simple. You have options of shuttle buses, Taxi or bus. We opted to take the bus. It’s bus number 16 and takes about 15 mins to get into faro. It cost €2.25, pay the driver and have the correct amount. The last stop is the bus station where we got off and our hotel was a 2 min walk. Hotel Eva. 


Hotel Eva is situated right on the Marina and is a very good 4 star hotel. Roof top pool, rooms and suites. There is 2 restaurants with amazing views and they also have a health club. 

Our booking included breakfast. What a great selection of cold and hot food. Friendly breakfast staff. Only one negative, the coffee was filtered, and not nice. But the sparkling wine was excellent. 


Faro is small and you would have it travelled in half a day. But it’s beautiful. 


We booked a boat trip to the islands for our second day. It was a hop on hop off boat. Luckily Faro’s season hadn’t started yet so there was no queuing for the boats. Our first stop was the lighthouse. And this island was our favourite. 


There was a lot of locals here and the beach was amazing. Unfortunately we could not go up the lighthouse as it was closed on a Monday. Our next stop was llha Deserta which was pretty gorgeous. The beach went on for miles. We stayed a while and got some sun and then stopped off at the restaurant. There is only 1 restaurant and is expensive as far as Faro is. 


Our last stop was the fishing island. Another great beach. 


Faro has some great restaurants shops and bars. We really enjoyed our trip here and would definitely go back. 

After a very busy day yesterday with back to back meetings I was way to tired to cook. So we decided to go to The Central for something to eat. 
I’m usually in the central for coffee or drinks. When you have a chronic illness like mine eating out can be extremely difficult, painful and sometimes embarrassing. 
Pizza and a  Pint offer was on. David the very friendly waiter took our order. I had the veggie with no cheese and I was very impressed. We ordered a side  of the sweet potato fries also, my new favourite. 

The deal is available Monday – Thursday and costs an amazing €9.95. 

Highly recommend and looking forward to having this again. 

Gods Own Country  was first used to describe the Wicklow mountains. Several other countries followed suit like Australia,  Wales and even the United States. I recently had the pleasure to visit Yorkshire, but I didn’t get to see much of it as my trip was to visit family in Hull.

I found Yourkshire people are very friendly and polite. And can see why my sister loves to live in such a beautiful place like Yorkshire. There are so many places I would love to see, I would love to visit the Peak District in South Yorkshire, and visit the greenest city in Europe Sheffield and try and count all the trees. The North York Moors looks like a lovely place to visit also. More trips to visit my sister I think. 

Saramique Studio is a family friendly pottery painting studio and coffee house. 

We were in Hessle village for breakfast and popped here after a nice walk around the shops for a coffee. The coffee is locally roasted, their signature Jones blend is very smooth and slightly bitter. Really good coffee. 


Lovely little outside seating area to the front and a great big courtyard  area out the back. 


Their pottery is not just for kids,  but they have adult nights too with a BYO Policy. Sounds like a nice girly night out. I’ll be back. 

I love the decorations in this place. On one side of the room its light and airy where you do your pottery and on the other side is a more relaxed chill out area with comfortable seats. They have sweet treats and local crisps and lemonade. I love love love that they support local. 

This place is good for loads of reasons. A quite cup of coffee, a nice chill area, or pottery. I’m looking forward to popping in again on my next visit. 
Well done guys. 

Last week I took a trip out to Drogheda to Easten Sea Board for lunch. I have not been overly impressed in the past, but decided I would give it another go. It’s been about 2 years since I was there last and seeing tweets from friends with great pictures, the food looked good. New chef maybe? Anyway I was delighted to give it another go. 

Arrived with no booking but was seated straight away. The chairs I do find and always have a little uncomfortable, maybe a good thing for them as your not likely to over stay. 

Quick look at the menus I was undecided between two dishes. Crab Claws or Mussels, I needed to see how both were cooked and if they were lactose intolerant. When I questioned the waitress she brought me the allergen menu. Mussels it was, served with home cut fries and I got to choose another side, I choose Puy Lentils. 

They mussels arrived in a massive bowl, and I couldn’t wait to dig in. They were cooked perfectly, shells  half open and every mussel still in its shell. Happy. 


My lunch guest had the veggie burger which was also served with a side of home cut fries. It looked great, and I was advised it tasted great too. 


My only few negatives are, 1. The mussels should have come with an empty bowl for the shells as I was left searching through the empty shells to find the ones at the bottom. And my 2nd negative is that the salt is rock salt which I hate, but what annoyed me was its served in a small container, and you have to use your fingers to pick it up. I wouldn’t dare, hygiene reasons. Apart from that it was a very enjoyable afternoon. 

I will return but might bring my own salt next time. 

Eating out for me has become difficult. Suffering with a chronic illness has changed my life. It’s not always easy for chefs to cater for my requirements but this wasn’t the case in StockHouse

Tom Darcy co owner was on duty, one of the great Gin experts. Stock House has alot to offer, famous for their steaks, but cater very well for vegetarians also. 
To start Tom said he would do me up a starter. It was mushrooms served with onions, peppers, tomatoes and a gentle sweet sauce. It was delicious. It was time to discuss gins and more importantly to taste some. 


What a cool label, and it tasted equally as good. Fever tree tonic perfect match. 

Next up was our main course. I love fish and chips but more often than not I find there is more batter than fish and the batter over cooked, but this wasn’t the case. I can honestly say the best fish and chips Iv ever tasted. Beer battered cod and proper chips. The batter was so soft. The peas were seasoned perfectly. Top class dish. 


To finish I tryed out this amazing gin, gun powder Irish gin. Again a great recommendation from Tom. 


Thanks guys for looking after me so well and what’s so great is that your not a million miles away. See you soon. 

A short trip home to Mayo last week and on our way back to Navan  we stopped off at Cafe Rua for lunch. I have read so many great things about this place and I was really looking forward to trying it. 

They were full when we arrived, and we decided to wait for a table and check out the menu boards. The cafe itself is fun and very casual. Lots of different people enjoying from family to friends. 

Once a table became free, we were sat by a very friendly waitress. There was so many great options to choose from . 

I decided on the Free Range Egg and Tuna and potato salad. It was a great choice.  The basil Mayo was to die for. A great portion. Fresh and full of flavours. I ordered some of their home made lemonade also. Very refreshing. 



My mom had the Chicken Salad and my sister had the Mayo Mezze Board, both declared it was fabulous. 


It’s going to be a stop off for me on my journeys back in future. 

They open late on Friday evenings also. I’d say it’s a real cosy spot to sit in. 

Well done to all involved, great to see another successful place serving great local and Irish food. 

On a cold blustery February evening I found myself with no dinner plans after been to the cinema. It was a little after 8pm and I had crossed over the river Liffey to the foodie side of the city, where you have an obscene amount of places to eat in. 
I haven’t eaten in Pichet in a few years. After a few medical scares and been diagnosed as been lactose and dairy intolerant it was always difficult to dine out. I started to advise restaurants days in advance of going  so the kitchen could prepare. But last night with no reservations I decided to take a chance and pop into Pichet. Im glad I did. 

We were greeted and it wasn’t a problem that we didn’t have a reservation. We were seated at a nice cosy window table with a great view of the kitchen. 
Wine ordered and bread dropped to the table, by a friendly Italian waiter. I explained my requirements and there was no problem at all. 

Crab to start. Served with clams potato and tomato. A nice delicate dish. Lots of crab and served with sourdough bread on the side. Perfect. 

  

Followed by salmon, charred broccoli with smoked almonds. The broccoli was simply delicious, cooked perfectly. A fabulous crunch. The salmon was perfect, nice portion and a lovely pink color. 

  
Pichet do a great lunch and early evening menu 1 course €15 2 courses €20 3 courses €25 
Thanks to Stephen and his team for a lovely evening. Looking forward to going back. 

My friend had been recently to the launch of Mcloughlins restaurant st Roganstown Hotel and country club. Reading her amazing blog and the pictures of the food made me want to go. So the 4 of us, her and her husband and me and mine booked a night away. 

Tom Walsh is the head chef here. I have seen loads of pictures of Toms food from when he worked in Samphire. He has gotten lots of recognition also. This was really going to be a great treat. 

Our room was spacious with a nice garden view. It was a cold November evening but we didn’t mind as we were not planning to leave the hotel.  

   
 
  

Pre dinner drinks in the bar were great. It’s a nice cosy bar and the waiter was friendly.   It was a nice chance for the 4 of us to catch up. The Prosecco was cold and the bar warm, makes for a very good start to any evening. 

Walked over to our table for dinner at 7.30 we were treated to an amazing meal. The food is fresh with lovely delicate flavours. To start (below) was soup. Do you think I can remember what was in it? Nope.  It was amazing and just what I needed on a winters night to get me all warmed up. 

    

Next up was a Salmon Tartare. One of my favourite dishes of the evening. A big portion but again some very delicate flavours. 
  

Followed by Fillet of Turbot,  confit potato , truffle jus, trompette mushroom, Jerusalem artichoke it really was simply amazing. Flavour after flavour. The fish was executed perfectly. All components matched.  A beautiful plate of colours, lease don’t mind my bad photography. 

    

I was curious to try the Boxty potato, been from the west of Iteland I was brought up on Boxty. Tom did a great twist on the original. The presentation of the food here is “Wow” but what’s great is that it follows through with taste. 

  

Last up was a Palate Cleanser , Strawberry, Ginger, Apple shot. Different flavours that worked in harmony with each other.   

  
 

I was too full to have dessert but everyone else did and they all equally declared that it was fabulous.  The food here is nothing but perfect served by friendly staff and of course cooked by a top chef. 
Opening times for Mcloughlins 

Dinner – Monday to Sunday: from 5:30pm last orders at 10pm,

Sunday Lunch: 12:00pm to 7:00pm

McLoughlins is a popular Restaurant near Dublin Airport and only 5 minutes drive from Swords in North Dublin.