Best Places to Get a Hot Drink this Winter
A mug or takeaway cup of something hot and tasty does two jobs in winter. On a practical level, you can defrost your digits as you clasp your warm mug or takeaway cup in your frozen hands. Second, that warming blast of heat going down the gullet warms you from the inside out.
Discerning drinkers like to find good places to get their favourite hot bevvy. Coffee drinkers are like legal drug addicts, they will go to any lengths to get a good cup of the bean to brew that keeps them going! If it’s rich hot chocolate you’re after, you want one made with real chocolate melted into fresh milk. And maybe topped with marshmallows for effect! Tea lovers will have their fave brands, or perhaps a much-loved herbal tea to reinvigorate and energise. Good quality hot drinks are much in demand this time of year.
Never fear – help is near! Today we give you a heads up on where to find the best hot drinks in the Good Food Ireland collection!
THE PONAIRE CAFÉ, NEWPORT, TIPPERARY
Coffee is more than hot dark brown liquid made with powder from a jar to a discerning coffee drinker. Real coffee lovers can tell you more about their favourite coffee producing country, method of roasting and preferred brewing technique, than Stephen Hawking can tell you about the Big Bang Theory. Fact. So where better for a coffee-head to head than a man who sources and roasts the beans himself? AKA Tommy Ryan, who started Ponaire (Irish for bean) with his wife Jennifer in 2006.
The couple source their beans from top areas of the coffee producing world, mostly from farms they have visited personally. Tommy will tell you all you need to know about the coffee he dispenses in the cup from his little roastery. Like how he roasts by hand using his Diedrich Ir-24 or the Diedrich IR-3 roaster. Might sound like algebra to those not in the know, but to real coffee lovers, those words are music to their ears! The Ponaire Café in Newport Tipperary has been open since May 2016. A stylish spot to grab your favourite coffee to stay or go. Choose a pastry to go with it for a real treat.
BRETZEL BAKERY CAFÉ, DUBLIN
In addition to the fresh loaves and pastry served every morning at Bretzel Bakery Shop and Café in the Portobello area of Dublin, hot drinks are also on the menu in a big way. If you’re on your way to work around this area, you’ll smell the nostril twitcing aromas of fresh baked loaves and treats which are made in Bretzel’s state of the art bakery in Harold’s Cross and delivered every day to this original premises in Lennox Street.
Then you’ll get a whiff of fresh coffee on the brew and that will be enough for your brain to tell your feet to get in here, pronto! You’ll find a selection of hot drinks, from tea, herbal tea and barista coffees to real hot chocolate. All go with classic breakfast snacks like toast from homemade fresh bread, or homemade Croissants and Scones, served with butter and jam. If you feel a bit more peckish, dig into an Onion Bap with Cream cheese or Cream Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes. The Hot Weekly special of Olive Oil Rich Italian Foccacia will be on the board. Eat in or takeaway for food and beverages. So good it’s almost worth leaving home a bit earlier so you can sit down and enjoy your breakfast in peace in this divine little café. Lunch and All Day Specials also served.
URRU CULINARY STORE, BANDON, CO. CORK
When it comes to hot drinks, the staff at Urru Culinary Store have got it covered. Great range of barista coffees from the machine, made with hand roasted coffee from the McCabe roastery in Dublin. Beans are freshly ground to order for every cup, and you can choose from the usual Americano, Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte to Flat White, Macchiato and others.
Loose leaf teas include all the favourites like Irish Breakfast and Earl Grey, to herb teas like the fantastic Energizing Tea, which will really get feels going! If Hot Chocolate is your thing, look no further. Hot Chocolate here is made from real chopped chocolate from a Cork chocolatier. It’s melted into fresh whole milk to provide an intense hot chocolate experience in a cup. Can’t beat it of a cold morning! The great and the good of Bandon and those passing through flock in here daily to get their fix. Even the cycling postman can’t resist!
GLASRAI & GOODIES GOWRAN, CO. KILKENNY
Siobhan Lawlor puts a smile on her customers faces every day with her hot drinks and food to go. Glasrai & Goodies is an Aladdin’s Cave for food lovers. While you’re browsing this little shop, grab a Fresh Italian Coffee to go, made on the barista machine in all the usual styles. Decaff, dairy free and coffee alternative Lattes also served. Hot Chocolate comes adorned with marshmallows.
Irish Teas, herb teas and flavoured frothies are also available. If you’re hungry as well, check out the homebaking, pastries, sarnies and tartlets Siobhan makes daily. If there was an award for the most idyllic place to grab a hot drink to go, Glasrai & Goodies would win it hands down! Clasp your mits round that takeaway cup and step outside, to a beautiful view of the heritage site of St. Mary’s Abbey right across the road. Picture perfect, any time of year.
BARRON’S BAKERY COFFEE SHOP
Barron’s Coffee Shop is on the site of the original Barron’s Bakery in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Barrons is one of the few designated bakers of the famous Waterford Blaa, which now has PGI status. Esther Barron is the third generation of the family to run this business in this quaint rural County Waterford village. Freshly baked loaves from the bakery here line the walls of the shop. An open plan room with tartan clad chairs and dark wood tables lends a contemporary feel. Hot tea, coffee and chocolate to go or stay are all available, alongside a selection from the menu, based around the wonderful breads and baking of this business. Grab yourself a cup of fresh brewed barista coffee and a bacon filled Blaa to warm your cockles these cold mornings!
CAFÉ NUTSHELL, NEW ROSS, CO. WEXFORD
Patsy and Phillip Rogers have created a haven for food and good health lovers at Café Nutshell in New Ross. You’ll see by the queue for the takeaway and deli how popular their food and drinks to go are with the locals of these parts. Take your pick of styles of Italian barista coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other drink specialities, then fall prey to a home baked pastry or scone to go with it. Take your haul home or to the office or home. If you’ve got time, sit down in the café at the rear and enjoy your brew. Get a handle on the local happenings and browse the health food shop and natural beauty care on the way out.
Rua Deli is paradise for takeaway lovers. Simply nip into this sister premises to Café Rua and order your hot drink to go while you browse the deli section for a little something to go with it. Rua flies the flags for all good things Mayo when it comes to food. So even with a takeaway you’ll get a taste of this county in the west of Ireland. Coffee beans are roasted weekly by a local coffee roaster in Westport. Try an Espresso, Americano, Cappucino, Flat White or Mocha. You can choose an extra shot or soy milk for an additional 50c. Or have a cup of simple but seductive filter coffee, a super choice for purists. Hot Chocolate is made with Fairtrade Chocolate and Tea is the famous Barry’s Tea from Cork.
There’s Clement and Pekoe loose leaf tea in a variety of flavours including Sencha Green, Earl Grey, Peppermint, Turkish, Apple and Mango, Rooibos and Chamomile. Mmmm…