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Bowe's Foodhall and Cafe

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Sarah and Shane Bowe’s café and food hall is a food lover’s magnet. It’s the sort of destination address – in a hugely atmospheric 250-year-old building – that pulls people to pretty Durrow from all parts of the country, hungry people who are happy to make the detour off the M8 because they want the joy and consolation of great cooking and smart, attentive, engaged service from the excellent staff. There is real verve in the Bowe’s food – steak sandwich with Asian slaw and mozzarella; teriyaki salmon with pearl couscous; superfood salad with piri piri chicken and coriander creme fraiche – and it’s the small and telling details in each dish that show their determination to be their best. Charged with this ambition, there are fresh herbs from their walled garden scattered on the potatoes, there are shiitake mushrooms with the hake, and smoked cheese with bolognese on the baked potato, and every considered grace note in the cooking means each dish hits home sweetly, from a simple fresh scone with excellent coffee in the morning, to their special tapas evenings. Bowe’s is a soulful destination with soulful cooking.


Sarah and Shane Bowe
The Square, Durrow, Co Laois
+ 353 57 8740669

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