Organic restaurateurs announced as operators of Court Yard Café

Wednesday, May 17, 2023. 9:38am
Award-winning organic restaurateurs announced as new operators of the Court Yard Café at Birr Castle Demesne

Award-winning organic restaurateurs announced as new operators of the Court Yard Café at Birr Castle Demesne

Sean and Orla Clancy with Grainne O’Malley (centre) at the opening of the new Courtyard Café at Birr Castle Demesne

Good news in the Midlands! The Courtyard Café at Birr Castle Demesne is delighted to announce its reopening for the season, with new operators Orla and Sean Clancy at the helm.  The Clancy’s, who are well known in the midlands for their passion for local & organic produce, already run the Organic Kitchen at Lough Boora and the restaurant at Fallon’s Pub in Shannonbridge. With their expertise in serving up delicious dishes, the Courtyard Café at Birr Castle Demesne (BCD) is sure to become a must-visit destination for anyone visiting the Midlands.

The Courtyard Café is the perfect spot for those looking for locally sourced, organic fare. Visitors can enjoy homemade soup, sandwiches, and cakes made using the best local suppliers. The Café also offers great organic coffee and teas, making it an ideal location to relax and enjoy as part of a memory making day out at the Birr Castle Demesne.

“We are excited to welcome Orla and Sean to Birr Castle Demesne,” said the Grainne O’Malley, General Manager. “The have been leaders in this area running an organic farm since 2005 and their passion for organic food is evident in everything they create. We are thrilled that our visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy their delicious food and coffee in such a beautiful setting.”

Sean and Orla are thrilled to be expanding “We have got a great welcome so far. Our focus is on supporting local organic producers, which has been essential to our business from the very early days,” says Sean.

Award-winning organic restaurateurs announced as new operators of the Court Yard Café at Birr Castle Demesne

Pop in for a delicious slice of carrot cake when visiting

“We source milk, roasted coffee, cheese, salad leaves, seasonal vegetables and bread from excellent local organic producers, which has really been welcomed by our customers. We  love being able to support farm businesses in the area. The Courtyard Café is a great venue and we are looking forward to a great season both here and at the Discovery Café in Lough Boora.”

The reopening of the Courtyard Café comes on the heels of another exciting announcement for the Offaly food scene. Fallon’s Bar in Shannonbridge, run by the Clancy’s was recently awarded the Best Emerging Irish Cuisine award at the Irish Restaurant Awards, highlighting the growing reputation of the region as a foodie destination.

Foodies in the Midlands make sure to head to the Courtyard Café to indulge in sweet treats, delicious coffee, and so much more. The Café is the perfect spot to relax and unwind while enjoying locally sourced, organic food in a stunning setting.

Sean and Orla Clancy with their son, Johnny at the opening of The Courtyard Café and Claudia One of The Courtyard Café waitresses

The general admission ticket to Birr Castle Demesne offers exceptional value for money. Make a full day of it. Arrive in the morning and leave many hours later, with a delicious lunch in the middle. In the centre of Ireland, it’s the perfect place to meet up with family and friends. Go home after a day of fun, guaranteed that the rich heritage in science discoveries and inventions will have stirred some inspiration and curiosity.  The grounds are a magnificent outdoors space for all to enjoy nature trails, an adventure playground, the Great Telescope, and stunning wildlife.

Part of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, and a day trip from many places in Ireland, Birr Castle Demesne is one of Ireland’s most intriguing destinations and a must-see for all ages. A destination for those interested in wildlife, nature, education, science, engineering, astronomy, wellness, and heritage. Adult tickets at €10.50, Child Tickets €6, Family Ticket at €30 (2 adults and 2 children). For more information visit Public parking located nearby in Birr town.

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