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Markets galore this morning.
Where to go? Midleton, Douglas, the Food Fair in Castlemartyr? In the end,
settled for the return of the market to the Coal Quay and then a trip to the
The Coal Quay, which should have been
back in action last November, finally had reason to celebrate today. Quite a
few stalls back in the renovated street, many selling clothes, plants, and so
on and a decent section of food stalls (including Tom’s Bakery – love their country
baguette) at the river end.
No meat or fish there so that
meant a visit to the English Market. So, following a Charlie Chaplin figure who
was getting lots of looks, we made our way to the Grand Parade entrance and
made calls to stalls such as Tom Durcan, Bubble Brothers, On the Pig’s Back and
Iago as the bag filled up with lamb’s liver, Rosscarbery Recipe Cured Rashers, Manchego
cheese and more.
Enjoyed a fine meal in the
Cornstore last night but today it was their neighbours The Bodega who were open
and ready to serve teas and coffees and more to the customers and stall holders
of the newly returned market.
I made my way to their vacated temporary
base at Emmett Place, a base they seemed quite at home in for the best part of
two years. Called into the Crawford Cafe for a cup of coffee and scone, both
top class. Price though was €5.15 while it was just €3.90 across the road at
Luigi Malone’s. Make you wonder.
Coal Quay Market - back to base (Click to enlarge)
The Crawford Cafe, in the art gallery of the same name, is a lovely place to visit, not least because of the friendly and helpful staff. With walls painted light blue and art works exhibited all around, the cafe is spacious and a great city centre spot to meet someone.
The menu is quite inviting with excellent lunchtime mains courses and plenty of drinks from water to apple juice to wine available also. The prices range from about ten to fourteen euro.
With a dinner date on the agenda for the night, I didn't need that much when I called at lunchtime today. Got myself the most beautiful tomato soup (€5.50) in a big bowl and that coupled with two lovely slices of brown bread was a decent filler.
Thought I’d finish off with a coffee (2.40) but then spotted some cakes and went for a chocolate and orange shortbread (pictured), recommended by the manager. Gorgeous, but will have to put the dinner back a bit.