The Garden Café, Dingle - Great Home Cooking in the Heart of Dingle
Fáilte to the Garden Café, Dingle
 
Green Street, Dingle, Co Kerry
Sráid an Deorín, An Daingean, Co Chiarraí : 087-781 5126
 


We are thrilled that the Garden Café has achieved a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and retained its Georgina Campbell &BridgestoneAwards for 2014, building on our consecutive listings since 2010.  This is what the Georgina Campbell Ireland Guide had to say about the café:

 With its homely surroundings of ‘rescued’ furniture and open fire, Sheila Egan’s friendly café is the heart of Dingle, where people meet to catch up with all the news and have some comforting and very tasty food. Don’t miss the daily ‘Dingle Dog’, made with Kerry Kennedy’s much-celebrated sausages , you can even read local baker-bard Gene Courtney’s poem, Ode to the Dingle Dog, while you eat.
  
Summer's Here and the Garden Is Open!
With the arrival of summer, our garden is open for business.  We invite you to come and sit in the lovely walled garden and relax in the ambience, enjoying the plants, flowers, butterflies and birds, including our family of blue tits that nests with us each year.  We look forward to serving you from you from our range of hearty, home made food, delicious cakes and excellent coffees and teas.
 
Located in the heart of Dingle (opposite the church on Green Street), the The Garden Café offers hearty home cooking using local, fresh produce at a reasonable price. We go out of our way to source quality local produce and use local producers as much as we can.
 
We bake our own cakes including apple pies, lemon sponge, chocolate marble cake, plum sponge, fairy cakes, brownies.    NEW TO THE CAFE - we are now offering a range of Gluten -Free Cakes, for example, Orange & Almond Cake, Carrot & Pine Nut Cake (also dairy free).
 
We source our coffee from the award winning Java Republic coffee which supplies high quality, ethical fair trade coffee and (real leaf) teas which we serve in real tea pots and real china cups.  We offer a choice of wines that have been specially selected for the café.  
 KEEPING IT LOCAL – THE DINGLE DOG
 To celebrate the quality and range of food produce on the Dingle peninsula, three local producers/suppliers and the Garden Café have come together to create a locally sourced signature ‘hot dog’ dish – THE DINGLE DOG.
 
The DINGLE DOG showcases Jerry Kennedy’s multiple award winning sausages inside specially created buns baked by Courtney’s Bakery, topped with onions and salad sourced locally by Kingdom Fresh.  The Garden Café  offers a “Dog of the Day” using the variety of sausages available from Kennedy’s Butchers and the range of buns available from Courtney’s Bakery, alongside in season salads from Kingdom Fresh.
 
The DINGLE DOG was launched at the Cafe on 11th March and was saluted with
a poem penned specially by Gene Courtney seen below reading his 'Ode to the Dingle Dog' along with others enjoying both the launch night.  
                                     Ode to the Dingle Dog
There’s many a famous madra from Lassie to Rin Tin Tin
Those madras were famous for the movies they were in
They put out fires, they rescued dames, they even tried to talk
But those dogs could not hold a candle light to the new dog on the walk
 
Here's this new hot dog in Dingle, he’s local through and through
Jerry's gold medal (wiener) winner it's here for all to chew
It’s the Dingle Dog by crikey all wrapped in a Courtneys bun
Topped off, not just with local Duffy’s onion, let your imagination run
 
  So keep your Cordon Bleu me boys, your French nouvelle cuisine
In the Garden Café, Sheila makes the Dingle Dog Supreme
 Gene Courtney (AKA The Faker Baker)
 
 SAMPLE LUNCH MENU
Home made soup (gluten & dairy free) served with home made brown bread                  
Open Sandwiches served with salad                                                                              
Warm Pear, Brie and Walnut Bruschetta served with salad                 
Baked Potato (fillings: cheese, home baked ham, hummus,
sour cream & chives) served with salad                                    
                                       
Examples of DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS - Aubergine & Courgett Bake, Three Cheese Quiche, Chicken & Sausage Hot Pot, Traditional Lamb Stew, Chille Con Carne,
 
Situated in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht area, we are more than happy to speak Irish to customers. Tá roinnt Gaeilge againn agus táimid breá sásta iarracht an Ghaeilge a labhairt le daoine tuisceanacha!
 
The crew at the café  - Sheila, Annette, Orlaith, Roisin, Nita and Sarah do their utmost to make sure your visit is enjoyable and relaxing. 
 
The following is a letter we received from customers to the café who were visiting from Cork: "To all the ladies in the Garden Cafe - just a short note to thank you for a wonderful lunch on Sunday last. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the setting and above all the service.  Wishing you all the best for the year ahead."
 
Next time you're in Dingle, come and join us in the Garden Café and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere by the open fire in Winter or soak up the sun in the walled garden in Summer.  We look forward to serving you. 
 
Vouchers for the Café are available in any denomination.   The Garden Café can also be hired for private parties and we are more than happy to cater to your particular needs.
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