Diva Boutique Bakery & Cafe
A little secret. Ballinspittle in West Cork has a gorgeous place to eat. Diva Cafe is a haven for those who want good food and good company in a spot where there’s always a buzz. This little cafe is right in the heart of the village. You can’t miss it. You can’t miss the owner either. Shannen Keane is a generous and genial hostess. She combines many years of experience in cooking with a natural talent for running this cafe - which has a touch of class about it. Funky, relaxed with enthusiastic staff from the local area who are proud of the produce on the menu. Diva is close to Garretstown beach and Garretstown woods. A handy stop before you take to the sands or forest. Relocated here in 2007, from a small premises in Kinsale. Initially, the cafe was tiny, with a bakery kitchen out the back. As demand grew and space got tighter, the cafe was extended, and a dedicated bakery with small shop and deli was opened in 2011. Just across the road. Two superb locations in one little West Cork village.
Produce for the menu here comes from the immediate area. All meat is from the butcher in the village, who has his own abbatoir and dry ages in the traditional way. Free range eggs, fresh fish and organic seasonal vegetables are from Kinsale. Suppliers are named on the mirror on the wall. Breads and baking come from Diva bakery, where Shannen’s brother Taylor Nelson is head baker. A lively regular clientele is joined by various visitors to the area. They come to enjoy good coffee and breakfast from 9am, a lunch menu of ‘Sambos’, ‘Burgers and Large Plates’, from the a la carte choices, or a special from the blackboard. Homemade pastry or dessert from the counter or dresser is also a tempter. Diva cafe is open ‘most days of the week’, during the day. Always on a Sunday for brunch and lunch through till five o’clock. Open every day in summer, and with an evening menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, under the name The Lush Life. And so it is. The quirky retro space turns from busy daytime venue to convivial and intimate bistro with a sophisticated feel. Pop ups sometimes happen on Monday and Tuesday evenings also in summer – you never know who you might find cooking here on a one off visit to the cafe. Shannen has great connections in the chef world. We suggest you pop by on your travels, grab yourself a table indoors or on the pavement in good weather, and enjoy the Diva life down Ballinspittle way.
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