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US$4 - US$13
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Irish, Cafe, European, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 29 April 2022 via mobile

This is a little gem . We had brunch in the garden . The food was unreal. The staff were so lovely . All in all it was a really lovely experience.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 21 February 2022 via mobile

Stumbled upon this little cafe when in Portlaoise! The coffee was great aswell as the cakes we got. Will return when in the area again.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 8 February 2022 via mobile

Popped into the Pantry for a quick lunch and it was really good. The service by the friendly staff is top class, given the current crisis in the hospitality sector it was so refreshing to experience a well run friendly establishment like the pantry. Our...food was delicious. The selection of cakes and pastries was Also really good if not too tempting. If your Portlaoise please pop in and sample there great food.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 18 December 2021

Visited on a Saturday morning in December. Covid guidelines well followed. NIcely decorated and a bit of Christmas spirit on display which was nice. I went for the broiche French Toast with bacon and spiced apple butter with tea. I was asked if I needed...sugar with the tea which is a great thing to be asked as I don’t take sugar in tea and it can be wasteful to hand it out with every order only to have the unused sachets thrown afterwards. Tea arrived out promptly and it wasn’t too long a wait for the food. The syrup drizzled over the dish didn’t look or taste like maple syrup which is a pet dislike of mine, the maple flavoured golden syrup is much cheaper but just looks like cutting corners and I always find it isn’t doesn’t soak in well to French toast as it's that much thicker than maple syrup. The bread slices were very thick which would usually be a plus in my book but in this case there was very little of the egg coating to give the ratio of egg to bread that makes French toast worth ordering in the first place. The bacon was very good and well cooked, the spiced apple butter was nice too and I’d imagine made on the premises. I couldn’t understand for the price why proper maple syrup couldn’t be used and why the bread couldn’t be soaked in the egg mix a bit longer before frying. I ate one of the two slices and left the second. I was asked on paying how I’d found it and gave pretty much the feedback I’m giving here, the staff member did listen but didn’t give much of a response. I would say the baked treats looked very good and I’d try those if I were in the town again. There’s definitely people with good ideas running the place and with an understanding of food and flavours but I’d hold back from having a brunch there again myself.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback and for outlining your experience with very fair detail. It's clear you are a foodie too and on this occasion we'd have to hold ourselves accountable for not meeting the standard that we'd normally...More

Reviewed 18 November 2021 via mobile

Regular visitor to the Pantry, if possible only getting better Superb selection and as tasty as ever Staff who are a credit to the business the work for and to themselves as individuals in the manner which the carry out there work Will always be...a regular because this business knows the value of doing something correctlyMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hi there, Your review is so deeply appreciated, as is your custom. Thank you.

Reviewed 17 November 2021 via mobile

Brilliant food , service excellent . Couldn’t fault a thing . It’s not cheap but it’s excellent . Defiantly will come backMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hello there, Really appreciate your kind review, which will be shared with a team, that works hard to bring all that is good about the business to our Pantry Cafe. We are grateful for your custom and promise to continue to work hard to deliver...More

Reviewed 17 November 2021

Beautiful setting sitting in the heated outdoor area of the walled garden out back. I had a vegan decaf cappuccino with the vegan sausage roll. So tasty. Service excellent.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hi there, Man! that vegan roll sure is good - isn't is...(One of our own staff faves!). Thanks for your kind feedback, which we value greatly. Hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 22 September 2021

Wonderful restaurant,an oasis with beautiful ambience in the garden and outdoor dining area. Apple tree laden with apples forms the centre piece. Nice food and friendly courteous staff.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hello there Many thanks for your very kind review. We're sure looking forward to the Summer rolling around again so we can offer our full garden for the enjoyment of our customers (who can lose some of those Winter layers!!!).

Reviewed 21 September 2021

Terrible service, waited 35 minutes for lunch and we had only ordered 2 pre made wraps. How long does it take to heat up 2 wraps. Other customers that ordered after us were being served before us. We ended up walking out. I will most...definitely not be back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hi there, I'm very sorry to have read the detail of this review. The wait time you describe is not at all customary in our cafe, so I can only (regrettably) surmise that there was a rare system glitch somewhere along our usually efficient service...More

Reviewed 31 July 2021

On my early morning trip to the west lof Ireland last week I made a point ofcoming off the mororway for a proper breakfast in the beautiful Walled Gardens at the Pantry. Fresh coffee was served immediately & I was invited to choose a table...in the many delightful settings in the Gardens. I settled on the wildlife corner decking where I observed abundant & undisturbed joyful birdlife. My order of Eggs Florentine from an extensive breakfast menu proved to be an excellent choice. I savoured every mouthful!!!! Attentively served by such pleasant staff it was delicious & wholesome. It is now my habit when on this stretch of motorway to make time for a truly worthwhile break with the kind of setting & quality unique to the Pantry. Ladonna, Mark & the staff here have created an oasis that remains at the top of my list anytime I am in the environs of Portlaoise.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hello there, Well it has warmed our hearts to read your very kind review and to know that our team has helped to earn your valued custom. Thank you. We hope your travels bring you to the environs of Portlaoise in the not too distant...More

Reviewed 23 July 2021 via mobile

Had a really nice lunch here served by really nice staff in very pleasant surroundings. Definitely recommend!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hello there, Such a lovely review to read - thank you so much. Your recommendation is much valued.

Reviewed 16 July 2021 via mobile

Always very impressed with the pantry when I go. Their coffee is the best in Laois I would say after trying all the other sports they put effort into making theirs. And it’s actually as good as any I had in most places in Ireland....Their cakes and brunch is also very good and highly recommended.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hi there, So you're a bit of a coffee-head too then eh!.... Delighted to have earned your lovely review. Thanks so much. Hope to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 7 June 2021 via mobile

Amazing place to grab a coffee and some really tasty pastries ! Totally enjoyed my experience there and would recommend it warmly

Date of visit: March 2021
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hi there, Thrilled to read your very kind review and thanks so much for sharing it. Your custom is valued and we hope to welcome you back again this Summer, if not before!

Reviewed 7 October 2020

I hd lunch with 2 friends and we enjoyed wonderful quiches served with 2 very different salads that were filled with flavour which we finished off with great coffees and to die doe almond and pear tart.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hello there, Yep, that the recipe for that pear & almond tart is held in a secure, locked location (he heh!)... Really appreciate your kind review, which will be shared with our kitchen team. Thank you

Reviewed 2 October 2020

A superb selection of decadent cakes and treats are always to be found at The Pantry which makes it difficult to choose just 1 thing. The sandwiches are inventive and totally delicious with top class ingredients. Staff are very attentive when it comes to sanitising...tables and chairs between customers which is much appreciated. If you manage to visit on a good weather day be sure to sit outside in their incredibly beautiful and simply joyful walled garden. Love our visits to The Pantry!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Layla, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2022

Hi there, Well thank you so very much for such a detailed and kind review. We really appreciate it and love that you love your visits to the Pantry. That's a whole lotta love right there ...

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The Pantry is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5