If you are not lucky enough to have a staycation planned in Limerick this summer, and of course it isn’t too late to take advantage of one of the amazing deals in the Double Your Summer campaign, you may find yourself passing through West Limerick in need of a caffeine fix at some stage.
With a multitude of perfect pitstops along the way, Sharon Noonan contacted participants on the West Limerick Food Series 2 and identified a dozen places serving great coffee.
First up it is Adare, the prettiest village in Ireland, and home to the Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel. Keeping it in the family, the resort uses ethically sourced Farmhand Coffee from cousin Garrett Fitzgerald.
Alternatively, you may find yourself on the Main Street where The Dunraven Arms Hotel offers Mahers Pure Coffee and opposite the Village Hall, David and Petra Hayes serve The Old Barracks coffee in Café Logr.
Just down the road in Croagh, dog friendly D&M Garden Centre has upped its marketing game with 'coffee countdown' signage so you don’t miss out on a cup of Matthew Algie.
Then in Newcastle West, the largest town in County Limerick, pull over into the Longcourt House Hotel to enjoy a leisurely Lavazza in the outdoor terrace or pop into the town centre and visit Sonas Health Foods, just off The Square who are also fans of The Old Barracks coffee.
Another dog friendly spot awaits you at the top of Barnagh. Check out Platform 22 on the Limerick Greenway, Ireland’s newest off road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line! Grumpy Mule coffee is on sale here as well as in its nearby relation, Leen’s Hotel in Abbeyfeale.
If your West Limerick visit includes a spin along the Shannon Estuary Way stop off at the family operated The Old Stand in Shanagolden or fly into Foynes to O'Regan’s Restaurant at the Flying Boat & Maritime Museum for a Bewleys. If you are not the designated driver, make yours an Irish one in the home of Irish Coffee!
And finally we highly recommend heading off the beaten track to search out Roots Community Shop and Café in Kilmeedy. We promise that their Ponaire coffee is worth it!