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 been recommended again by Georgina Campbell's Ireland guide for 2014 and that we have retained the Bridgestone Award for 2013, building on the success of our previous listings since the 2010 Guides.  This is what the Guide had to say about the café:
They really enjoy cooking at the Garden Café, and you might find a spinach and Stilton tart as the choice of the day or maybe Jerry Kennedy’s Blasket Island lamb sausages with mash, or even a rabbit stew concocted by chef Ruggero.  As well as the food they exhibit local art, sell local crafts and enthusiastically throw their support behind the local festivals.  So it’s a café as community endeavour as well as for culinary delights.
Winter's Here and the Fire is Lit!
As Winter draws in, a cosy, warm welcome awaits you in the Garden Café with the open fire lit every day. We remain open during the Winter, from Wednesdays to Sundays,serving our usual range of hearty, home made food and delicious cakes.
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, baked cheesecakes, lemon/lemon & orange  sponges, 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.
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.
We have both a breakfast and a lunch menu in addition to afternoon platters of artisan cheeses and/or cold meats.  Our daily lunch specials include beef lasagna, goat's cheese tart, aubergine bake, freshly baked pasta with a range of sauces, spinach & stilton tart, quiches, courgette & feta tart and smoked salmon and courgette tart.  We also have a daily salad special.
 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)
Home made soup served with home made brown bread                  
Open Sandwiches (home baked ham/tuna/cheese/egg mayonnaise)
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                                                 
Omelette (fillings: cheese, home baked ham, tomato, onion)
served with salad                                                                              
Smoked Salmon 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, Bairbre & Sarah - will 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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