The detail lies in the brown bread. Have a slice of brown bread with a bowl of soup in Apple Betty's, in the centre of Skibbereen, and you get not just a slice of fine Irish bread, but a piece of Celine Jackson's family history. Why so? Well, because the brown bread recipe that Ms Jackson uses is actually her mother's recipe, and when the Liz Crowley and Celine and the crew were working on their menus for the café, Ms Jackson was led back to her childhood by her determination to find the best brown bread recipe. And that recipe, it turned out, was her mother's.
That level of attention to detail is indicative of the standards they strive for in this busy café, and is indicative of the care they take. Each one of their much-loved toasties, or their clever wraps, of their vegetable lasagnes, are made carefully and precisely and individually, and plated with precision. Java Republic teas and coffees mean the drinks are pristine, and there are scrummy sweet treats to go with that 11 o'clock flat white, or that afternoon cup of tea with a slice of carrot cake. The whole enterprise is modest, heartfelt and charming, a hive of hard work from a busy and dedicated team, folk who know the importance of making the best loaf of brown bread, and the best of everything.
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