Your Favourite Place for Breakfast in West Cork?

We want to hear from you! A while ago we asked you who makes the best coffee in West Cork – we were astonished at the breadth of choice and the votes that came pouring in. So now we want to know – where can you go in West Cork for a really great breakfast, however you define that?

Robert’s favourite

The wonderful A Taste Of West Cork Festival is on at the moment so we are naturally thinking a lot about food and we wondered about our readers  – are you breakfast people? Is it the Full Irish for you or a modest bowl of cereal? Are you a traditionalist (bacon or nothing!) or quite taken with mashed avocado on sourdough with micro-greens?

I love a good bowl of well-made porridge. 

They say it’s the most important meal of the day and we’re not supposed to skip it.  We agree! In fact, one of our favourite things to do in West Cork is to go out for breakfast. And this being West Cork, we have found lots of places to have delicious choices.

Happy with scones and tea? Upper photo, my own version of pear and almond scones

Brunch is great too – now widely available on weekends all over West Cork. Do you like it more breakfasty or more lunchy? Eggs or soup? How about gathering up the superb ingredients available in our wonderful markets and browsing all afternoon at home?

Upper – a brunch sourced from the markets of West Cork. Lower – we know this place that has the yummiest black pudding potato cakes

Or are you a vegetarian or vegan? Gluten free? If so – what’s your go-to breakfast? Can you find good alternatives when you eat out in West Cork, like that luscious parfait in our lead photograph?

Eggs with lentils – whatever floats your boat!

Coffee or Tea? For us, it has to be a latte or a really good pot of tea, preferably made with leaves (I do hate fishing teabags out of a teapot, especially when there’s never anywhere to put them).

We know there are some grim places too – Lord save me from the breakfast buffet with the emulsified scramblers and the sliced white pan toast. Or the pub that ‘does’ a breakfast where everything comes on a plate swimming in grease. Don’t tell us about those – we know they are out there but we want to hear about your excellent experiences.

Topic: Best Places for Breakfast in West Cork. Discuss!


18 thoughts

  1. Well, it all looks yummy but I’m not often one for breakfast really, it usually elides with lunch I find. Up at 6, do yesterday’s washing up, check emails, walk dogs, drink about 3 cups of coffee and get on with stuff until I feel like a beer and something to eat, usually about 12. Exception is at sea – after a night on the water pounding across the ocean, one can eat a horse at about 8am no problem : it must be the salt air or something ! Going OUT for breakfast would be a very occasional luxury for me – I’ve had some lovely ones in Newman’s, Schull , out on the deck upstairs in the morning sun, in silence. On bad days, a nice goat’s cheese and honey crepe in the Creperie in Schull has often appealed, under the awning outside with a newspaper to deter too much unwanted conversation.

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  2. Organico in Bantry has my vote for best breakfast in West Cork. Delicious, beautifully prepared egg dishes, cakes and crumbles including gluten free choices, and great coffee and juices are served in a relaxed community gathering place.


  3. Some of the food is absolutely delicious looking (photos are all great!), some looks rather twee, some is a bit loaded with stodge (a very unamerican but useful word), and some looks like food for the chickens…………..I love the photo of the fruit and wish that there was more fruit featured because you have the most gorgeous fruit, and foraging (with permission of course, if needed) could produce some wonderful options.

    I wish that I was in Ireland to sample the options but alas, I am on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. Good food here is very expensive, but one favorite to eat at home is a breakfast sandwich made with a toasted Portuguese bolos levedos with some crisply fried sausage meat, maybe some crisp fried bacon, a poached or soft fried egg, sliced tomato, some cheese, and maybe a handful of sauteed spinach all run under the broiler for a bit. Add a handful of blueberries and raspberries, black berries and other berries on the side, or perhaps some nice cold grapes. Now there is good eating. But so not Irish so I guess it won’t make the cut.


  4. Best place for a good cup of tea isURRU in Brandon. We breakfast and lunch there on delicious croissants (Arbutus) or the best freshly made sandwiches. Generous fillings of delicious West Cork produce.


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