Foodie Itinerary - Visit Ballyhoura

Ballyhoura, with its rich food heritage, is the home to some of the tastiest cafés and restaurants in Ireland.

As the saying goes, ‘You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food’, but here are some of our top picks for all the foodies out there.


Breakfast at The Thatch and Thyme

Kildorrery, Co. Cork

The Thatch in Thyme is a fab café located on the main street in Kildorrery. You can look forward to the warmest of welcomes and the freshest in home-cooked food. From breakfast to dinner, you will be sure to find something on the menu that tickles your fancy!

Their breakfast menu offers an array of different options, such as Eggs Benedict or a Full Irish to options for those with a sweeter tooth, like their delicious cinnamon French Toast and American style pancakes! Tuck into delicious delights for lunch and dinner, such as their Mexican Pulled Pork with dirty rice and salsa or why not grab steak sambo to go!

Thatch & Thyme are currently offering take away service and ‘Heat at Home’ meals, so be sure to check out their Instagram and Facebook page for all of their delicious specials!

Instagram- @thatchandthyme


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Brunch at Spruce & Willow

Ardpatrick Co. Limerick & Charleville Co. Cork

Spruce & Willow offer hearty & healthy meals and freshly baked treats, that are bursting with flavour. This café is the perfect ‘brunch’ time spot, serving up Badger and Dodo coffee, for your daily ‘pick me up’ and offers yummy weekend treats like their Double Choc Pancakes!

Offering a slightly different menu each week, their menu consists of a selection of their favourite foods. They don’t take making sandwiches lightly, with their specials being served on anything from toasted sesame seed paninis and malted sourdough to brioche buns and rustic ciabattas.

Their vegetarian options are sure to satisfy your tastebuds, serving up dishes like their Thai Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup and Avo toast with fried halloumi and a balsamic glaze.

Spruce & Willow are currently operating a take-away only service, with ready to go meals and treats available over the counter.

Instagram- @spruce&willow


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Lunch at O’Callaghans Café & Bakery

Mitchelstown Co.Cork

Situated on Lower Cork Street in Mitchelstown, this family-run business has been serving hearty homemade food since 1988. Their food is served all day and is sourced locally ensuring the best possible ingredients and flavours.

Dig into their Sticky Asian Pork Warm Salad or grab a freshly baked pastry or dessert! Their homemade sausage rolls are a real crowd pleaser! They offer a wide selection of healthy salads, which are perfect to take home and enjoy will all of the family.

We can’t forget to mention their homemade chocolate brownies, which are drizzled with Nutella and topped with crushed hazelnuts! Need we say more?

O’Callaghans is currently operating a take-away only service.

Instagram: @ocallaghansmitchelstown


The Mustard Seed Restaurant, Ballyhoura

Dinner at The Mustard Seed Country House & Restaurant

Ballingarry Co. Limerick

The award-winning Mustard Seed Restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Golden Vale, overlooking the rustic village of Ballingarry surrounded by countryside bliss. The team have created an unpretentious, relaxed environment for you to enjoy their exquisite food and wine.

A trip to the Mustard Seed is a real treat, with them offering their four-course Classic Dinner to both residents and non-residents. Head Chef Angel Pirev carefully creates his menus depending on the ingredients available to him each season, but you are sure to be impressed.

This venue is perfect for romantic escapes and special occasions, allowing guests to escape reality whilst enjoying superb food.

The Mustard Seed is currently closed due to the Covid-19 Government guidelines, but we look forward to visiting them again soon!

Instagram- @themustardseed