Glanmire’s Cream Cafe is one of the nearest to me, just down the road in the Hazelwood Shopping Centre in Riverstown.
This is run by Ollie O’Neill who, six years ago, gave up his regular job to follow his passion. “We are seasoned now,” he jokes. “But those earlier years were probably the best. It is not getting any easier, especially over the last two years.”
It is a long day at Cream. It opens for breakfast at 8.30am and closes at 6.30pm. The scones there are delicious as I know from experience.
But there is much more at this Coffee and Sandwich Bar as Ollie points out: “We have a great coffee (from Mahers) and lots of home baking. Also bagels, wraps and paninis. Everything is done on-site and we are proud of it.”’
And they also have another reason to be proud and that is because of Cream’s community involvement. “We support local sports clubs and we also provide the venue for the House of Rock, a community based music programme for local teenagers who are, by the way, very good and talented.”