Aisling Stone is the proprietor and chef at the cafe and I’ve already enjoyed food from her at her Homecooked van which you may have spotted at the Farmer’s Markets.
The Grass Roof Cafe is bright and cheery and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. I was a bit torn as to what to have to eat as I’d seen the pizzas on the Facebook page and they looked amazing.
In the end I went for the beef, in a Mark’s and Spencer type voice: ‘This is not just any old beef, this is slow braised rib of beef in Meabh Rua Irish Bog Ale (from White Hag), served on buttery crushed potatoes, with seasonal vegetables and Jordan’s Peat smoked salt.’ It was delicious, the beef was melt in the mouth and it was all seasoned perfectly.
Lucy went for the minestrone soup, and it was great that there were two vegan options. There are also gluten-free options so everyone is catered for.
Of course I had to have dessert…even though I was so full up! I had the chocolate cake, which is made by Aisling and was absolutely delicious. It came with a White Sow chocolate stout shooter, which is also by White Hag and really tasted like chocolate. I was never a beer fan until I tried White Hag, Aisling is a great ambassador for them.
So I waddled out of the cafe after our wonderful lunch. You can find The Grass Roof Cafe on Facebook. It’s open every weekend and the menu is different but all are catered for. The Organic Centre runs courses throughout the year. On Sunday the 13th of March they have their annual potato day with free admission and guided tours of the centre. Huge thanks to Aisling for such a lovely meal and I will definitely be back.