Monday, 30 January 2017

OUR FRIDAY TREAT

Regardless of the weather, be it rain, fog or pleasant sunshine, we drive to Birr [Biorra] in the neighbouring County of Offaly [Contae Uíbh Fhailí]. 




It is a pleasant forty-five minute journey on a mountain road that skirts the foot hills of the Slieve Bloom [Sliabh Bladhma] and almost always their weather is far better than ours. I ask myself whether this has to do with Birr being one of four Irish telegraphing stations reporting weather readings to the British Meteorological Office? 
It was once operated by part-time Observers who transferred to the Irish Meteorological Service on 1 April 1937 and the records for Birr date back to 1872/3. 
The other stations, whose readings are now used solely by the Irish Meteorological Office, were Malin Head, Blacksod Point and Roche's Point. 

Yes, we very much like Birr and the convivial atmosphere that flows in and out of the shops and along it’s streets. There is always someone to speak to or exchange a friendly nod with and a short greeting of “How are you?’ as we pass each other by. 
The shopping is great, several shops sell similar items so the competition is keen. For me the friendliness and helpfulness of the assistants gives one the edge over another in a similar business.

After all the shopping is complete the final important part of our day is to have a leisurely cup of coffee and a bite to eat. 

At the edge of Birr, on the Tullamore side, is a recently opened business the WOODFIELD CAFE,  just within the 60kph limit. Very conveniently it has off road parking, small at the front with a much larger car park at the rear. 



This is a comfortable, warm and airy building where every piece of furniture seems to have been placed with a great deal of care and attention.

Every time I see this painting it speaks to me and says
'Lifeforce'




The attractive counter display !



Hannah (the Boss) busy in the kitchen working away.



Delicious coffee with a mouth watering coffee gateaux.
I nearly had a second slice - until I remembered my cholesterol.



The convivial staff on their lunch break.



The choice is yours and it is all made on the premises using Woodfield eggs.



Two happy and satisfied customers.



The workers who provide the eggs.



Beyond the cafe is the garden centre where the Real Boss struts his stuff.



To the left of the poly tunnel is the large rear car park.



I like to think of this roadside sculpture as a sentinel marking 
Woodfield Cafe as the place for good food at reasonable prices 
and hospitality.






30 comments:

  1. Hi Mel - what a lovely day out ... and if it suits you - with excellent staff, a convivial atmosphere, and good food - with by the look of it an interesting site in a lovely village ... lucky you - enjoy each visit. Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank You for the comment Hilary. Indeed visiting the Woodfield Cafe is one of the weekly highlights.

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  2. I love chickens... I always say they will outlive us humans on this planet...

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    1. Gwen, I shall have to take some photos of their Polish Bantams for you because they have feathers all the way down their legs that look like trousers :-)
      Thank you for the comment.

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    2. Oh love them, Mel.. my dad use to have them.. I had the green egg layers and Rhode Island Reds

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    3. I really can appreciate how you feel about them because they very attractive birds and Woodfield seem to have some non-ordinary varieties.

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  3. Wonderful cafe and surroundings! Wish I could visit and taste

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    1. Am certain that you would enjoy yourself AL for we always find it difficult to leave the table :-)

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  4. That does look great. When I finally make it to Ireland I must check with you on "must sees"

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    1. I would be delighted to advise you on an itinerary Sue, just give me an advanced warning of the date :-)

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  5. It looks a great place to visit Heron.

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    1. Yes it is and I think that you would enjoy a visit there for a variety of reasons Dave... :-)

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  6. Such great places you find, Mel!! That little café looks like heaven in all it's simplicity. The cake did look good, I can understand you were tempted for another slice. But I came to a halt reading "Malin Head". Our oldest girls name is - Malin! It looks like winter has passed you by, nice going, if so!!

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    1. Thank you for the appreciation Solvieg and give my regards to Malin please. Our winters are rarely white ones, what we have instead is lots of cold rain that bites into the bones and can go on and on such that it can be colder in April than in January. Then if we are lucky May can be roasting.

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  7. Seems like a great and adventurous destination. Warm greetings!

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    1. The coffee is superb Blogo am sure you would enjoy it.

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  8. I thought that said "Worm Quinoa" for a moment, still chuckling about that

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    1. Ah' No Sir Simon ! May be you need new spectacles ?

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  9. What a wholesome looking place, Mel! I love the 'real workers' and have a great fondness for them as well as their products!

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    1. Thank you Val, so glad you liked the feathered workers. The management and staff are also very good too :-)

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  10. Carmen W IN Switzerland said: Dear Mel
    Great Coffeeshop, I like the stary decoration. They reminded me of mine I made at Kindergarten with the kids this year.��

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    1. When you are next visiting Carmen we will take you there :-)

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  11. Your weather is a lot different then ours. Still have snow! Looks like a nice a little place to have a bit to eat and cup of coffee.
    Coffee is on

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  12. What an inviting looking place... and a garden center! We'd be there regularly, too. Areas of the Southern California coast are now for periods of "May Gray" and "June Gloom." One June was so bad, we had houseguests who drove a half hour east over the mountains to find the sun every day.

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    1. Hey ! Good to hear from you Mitch, am pleased that you like the look of the Woodfield Cafe and perhaps it might help entice you pair to make a visit to Ireland one day (?..)
      Thank you for the comments.

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  13. Love that real boss strutting his stuff. Shall not comment on the cake which looks so good but which is forbidden on my diet.

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    1. Hello Weave. Now that cockerel has what can only be described as ATTITUDE and I have been up close...and when out in the field he truly keeps his harem in order.
      Oh the cakes are a real enticement! So mouth wateringly delicious that I have to engage self discipline.
      Thank you for commenting x

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  14. I love the cafe and the staff and the painting. My kind of place. Thank you for this.

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    1. Similarities in taste then Rachel and your comment very welcome :)

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