Sunday, 31 July 2016

The Brunch Edit: The Happy Pear

Welcome to another instalment of my favourite brunch spots. 

Until a couple of months ago I didn't know this place existed, it was only on one of our weekend drives, exploring, did we discover this place and boy was it busy. There must have been a queue 50 people deep, heading down the road. I was amazed and curious to know why so many people were happy to wait but my the bf was not so patient. We headed away from The Happy Pear but I made a promise to myself I would definitely.

Reading into their story, The Happy Pear started out as a veg shop back in 2004 opened by the identical twins, David and Stephen Flynn. Ever since the family business has grown into a healthy food empire which includes their own-label food production line, a natural food store, two plant based cafés and a restaurant, two best selling cookbooks and to top it all off they are part of Jamie Oliver's food tube revolution. Massive accomplishments indeed.

With all this in mind, I was determined to make a trip out here and combine the visit with the cliff walk from Greystones. One Sunday, to avoid the queues I headed here early and it was lovely and quiet. During the day the café is self service and on Friday and Saturday evenings, table service is provided in the restaurant.

The cafe has two great initiatives; they provide porridge in the mornings for free (toppings for a small cost) and they also have provide suspended coffees for those who need it.

The menu is small but everything looks and sounds fresh and incredible with a mix of breakfast items including chia porridge and avocado toasties to mains such as black bean and sweet potato burgers. Salads, sandwiches and soups are also available and not to mention there amazing selection of tasty homemade treats and cakes.

As I needed fuel before the walk, I went with the delicious and beautifully presented 'Pimped up Porridge' (€4.50) a much needed latte and couldn't resist walking away without picking up some protein balls (€2.95) and a vegan 'twix' bar (€2.50) as snacks for later. 

The restaurant area upstairs is a lovely space, bright and airy with cute corners, window seats and handmade upcycled wooden furniture decorated with fresh flowers. 

Before leaving, I popped into the adjoining store and had a look at their amazing produce. It was great to see there own-label items on the shelves. I wanted to buy eveything.

I love the philosophy behind The Happy Pear, focusing on using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients that is wholesome, plant based and natural. 

The food here really does taste amazing and I would highly recommend a visit. I now understand why people queued that day, the staff are super friendly and is definitely a feel good place to be.

Have you tried The Happy Pear?

Linda x

The Happy Pear
Church Road
Co. Wicklow

Website here


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