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OverviewCafe Nutshell Bakery & Deli flies the flag for local Irish produce. This casual, relaxed and light-filled space offers a taste of the Wexford countryside that owners Patsy and Philip Rogers grew up with.
Patsy and Philip Rogers have been in the food game for many years. Café Nutshell and their ‘In a Nutshell’ shop and deli are well known in New Ross for supplying a great selection of wholesome foods since 1999. This lively hub of healthy and carefully-sourced products and cooking ingredients attracts locals and tourists alike. The café area to the rear of the shop was born as an extension of that – a place to find the best in casual daytime cooking which utilises much from local growers and suppliers.
Café Nutshell Bakery & Deli has been supplying wholesome foods since 1999 and the ethos at Café Nutshell is and always has been: “It’s where we come from”, owner Patsy tells us. She is a self-taught cook who knows how to rattle the pots and pans and work with seasonally available ingredients. A wander through her kitchens reveals floury Wexford potatoes from Kilmore, fresh firm cauliflowers and leeks from a grower in Dublin, early season ripe Irish tomatoes that have the smell of the greenhouse about them, and vibrant salad leaves from a revered market gardener in the area. This lady is proud to fly the flag for Irish produce – and more importantly – for local produce. A taste of the Wexford countryside she and Philip grew up in. This love for the local area is evident in the amount of regulars who come here daily for lunch or a quick snack during the day.
The morning menu offers organic baby oat porridge with local honey or a choice of hot croissants, rolls and paninis filled with breakfast savouries. Elevenses are a pleasure: tea or coffee with a homemade scone, cookie, traditional sponge jam-filled bun or a light-as-a-feather fairy cake. At lunchtime, the table menu offers a range of light bites and sandwiches. A quick look at the blackboard reveals the daily specials, all created around local and seasonal Irish produce.
The dessert cabinet is a wonder to behold. Homemade meringues, tarts, roulades, cupcakes, muffins, sponge cakes and gateaux, every single one of them begging to be devoured. A small selection of wines is on offer here by glass or bottle, plus a fresh smoothie and juice menu made to order.
Owner Patsy says, “We try to source as much as we can from our local suppliers. We believe in supporting them and, in turn, the people of New Ross support us.” The focus is on local produce up to and including the fresh herbs and edible flowers grown by co-owner Philip on the roof of their establishment.
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