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Awarded ‘Best Café in the Midlands’ at the 2018 Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards & with a new Walled Garden Terrace opened in Summer 2018, this is a rather special Café just 5 minutes off the M7 motorway in the heart of the Irish Midlands. Here you will enjoy a taste of real home cooking and a welcome that’s warm. With speciality coffee (3fe) on offer at The Pantry, every single menu item is prepared in our own kitchen by a small team of enthusiastic foodies. In addition to a wide range of fresh salads, customers enjoy savoury tartlets, frittatas, quiches, roulades, ciabattas, wraps, paninis, open sandwiches as well as hot lunch daily specials. Tasty gluten free preference catered for. Well known
US$5 - US$15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Irish, Cafe, European, Healthy
Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed 27 September 2020 via mobile

Incredible coffee. I actually take the next exit home now just to stop by here to get a coffee. Such good quality!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 6 September 2020 via mobile

We are regular visitors to the Pantry with our toddler, and last Saturday's trip was excellent as always. Very friendly and efficient service, delicious breakfast, and lovely surroundings in the walled garden. Attention to detail is evident everywhere, from the presentation of the food, to...the cleanliness of the high chair ( which was immaculate) . Highly recommended .More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 12 August 2020 via mobile

The Pantry deserves so much credit for how it is handling the current situation. They have a beautiful garden area - you can sit literally in the middle of a secret garden with birds flitting and singing around you (seats 15 per current restrictions, book...in advance via Facebook page) or you can order online from their newly launched website. My parter and I ordered a takeaway on the 12th of August. I have often found that the food quality dwindles a little with a takeaway order, not so with the Pantry! Our wrap and panini were so good that we immediately wanted to order seconds! We resisted but we will definitely order again soon. The food quality is excellent, the staff are sweethearts and the coffee is damn good.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 7 August 2020

We had lovely lunch here in the garden out the back. Well set out with covid safety measures. Very helpful friendly staff. We got take away cakes & coffee.... cakes were really good & 3 GF options !!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2020

Hi there, Delighted to have welcomed you to our Cafe and big thanks for such a kind review, which the team will be thrilled to read. We're very proud of our kitchen team ... they make the most scrumptious cake for sure! Great you had...More

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There is an outdoor area. But I'm not sure about reservations.
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Yes, The Pantry offers takeaway services.

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