Thursday, August 26, 2021

Priory Coffee. Now in six locations. Coffee, Toasties and Much More.

 Priory Coffee. Now in six locations.

Coffee, Toasties and Much More.  

Americano & Portuguese Tart for a fiver!

Having enjoyed the walk (c. 7km in total) on the new boardwalk, we head into the heart of Youghal for lunch at the Priory Café on Main Street. It is our first time calling there but we can’t miss it as there’s a lively crowd enjoying themselves at the outdoor tables. As it happens, having been out in the sun for much of the morning, we are quite happy with an indoor seat. (Read post on new boardwalk here.)

After a warm welcome, we were soon seated and studying the menu. It included quite a few breakfast items but most of those aren’t available after 12.00pm; yet that Full Irish looked tempting.

Busy spot!

Plenty of choice aside from that though, including Lebanese flatbreads (one with chicken, one vegetarian), pancakes (the one with Nutella seem popular with the kids), the all-day Breakfast Blaa (very popular also we’re told), and a selection of sourdough toasties and more.

No less than five toasties on offer including Chicken and cheese etc; Special with natural ham, cheddar cheese etc; Chorizo (Chorizo and cheddar cheese etc); and one with Galway Goat Farm Cheese and more. I had been tipped off about the Reuben and that was my pick, a generous and delicious combination of Beef Pastrami, Cheddar cheese, sauerkraut, scallions, mayo and the all-important Ballymaloe Relish.

Super salad

Meanwhile CL was “working” her way through their massive Signature Salad consisting of Gold River Salad Mix, Semi sun-dried tomato pesto and Fresh Herbs Bulgar Salad, pickled beets, hummus, red onion & cucumber pickle, Maple syrup gazed & roasted almonds and cashews, with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Lots of pickle there but very tasty overall. You also had the option of adding chicken or falafel.

The counter is stacked with tempting pastries making it difficult to pick two! But we were more than happy with our Caramel Square and Portuguese Custard Tart. Indeed, that tart was one of the best local versions that we’ve come across.


By the way, they have some very good combo deals. We didn’t really spot this on the way but the servers and the system worked a treat and we got the benefit. For instance, my toastie (7.80 on its own) and superb Badger & Dodo American came to a deal total of €10.00. The coffee and pastry deal costs just a fiver. Good food, good value and good friendly service as well.

Prior have been in the news recently, as they have just opened their second city branch in MacCuratin Street. Youghal is their original café and they also have outlets in Fermoy, Mallow, Roverstick and North Main Street (in the city), an impressive six in all.


56 Main Street, Youghal (they are also known here for their burgers and Fish ’N Chips)


2 Riverside Grove, Riverstick (next to the Centra/petrol station)


1 Brian Boru Square, Fermoy


106 Main Street, Mallow


1 North Main Street, Cork City (next to the Gate cinema)

MacCurtain Street, Cork City (opposite Gallagher’s Gastro Pub); check out their Priory Hatch for quick service!

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