The Lemon Leaf Café on Main Street in the beautiful seaside town of Kinsale in County Cork.

An old fashioned bell even tinkles over the door as you enter this oasis of calm that is the perfect location for a leisurely coffee, a light lunch or for that matter an indulgent afternoon of chai lattes and cakes. Take your pick of the comfy sofas, bar counter seating or cow hide covered benches. And, if you’re one of our younger customers, we have pint sized tables with you in mind too. Alternatively settle yourself in the calming outdoor courtyard against a backdrop of the old arched walls, faded red brick work and natural rock face.

The Lemon Leaf Café serves well-priced food made from local produce in a relaxing atmosphere. As well as the standard fare of scones, soups and sandwiches, the menu has an international flair serving American pancakes, feuille de Brick, Cheese and Bacon Rarebit and warm spicy chicken wrap to name but a few. The Café supports local producers with meat from Barretts Butchers, bread from O’ Keeffe’s Aritsian bread, Irish cheeses, Clonakilty Black pudding, free range eggs from Beechwood Farm in Kinsale and Our popular Gluten Free Cakes.

“We pride ourselves on freshness and good produce” says Tracy, “and try to make everything healthy, especially the kids menu which includes chicken wraps and fish cakes. We take orders for takeaway as well and try to accommodate peoples busy schedules as much as we can.”

While the Lemon Leaf make most of their own confectionery, they also serve delicious cakes for local producers. These can be ordered from the friendly and attentive staff at the Lemon Leaf.

At the Lemon Leaf Café, it’s all about the coffee. There’s a little chalkboard on the shelf above the coffee machine, letting you know when the coffee you’re drinking was ground. Ariosa are Irish coffee roasters based in Ashbourne in County Meath. They buy the coffee directly from the growers and are thus assured that they are paid fairly. The Lemon Leaf is the only café in Cork serving Ariosa. When you’re used to the best…you can buy the retail bags to have at home.

Don’t forget to check out G’s Jams and all the other artisan products on the shelves of our food store.

The Lemon Leaf is open 7 days a week and is proud to serve the community and beyond with the finest roasted coffee, food celebrating seasonal bounty, Wi-Fi access and most especially a space for ideas and conversation to grow. Tracy has loads more ideas for the place…it’s just a matter of finding the time to develop them.

We’ll have to get her to sit down and do it over a cup of coffee….

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