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13 Market Square, Portlaoise, Ireland
+353 57 868 1695
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Description: A taste of home cooking is on offer at The Pantry where every single menu...
A taste of home cooking is on offer at The Pantry where every single menu item is prepared in our own kitchen by a small team of enthusiastic foodies. In addition to a wide range of fresh salads, customers enjoy savoury tartlets, frittatas, quiches, roulades, ciabattas, wraps, paninis, open sandwiches in addition to a hot lunch daily special. Wellknown for outstanding homebaked pastries and cakes, this is a fulltime owner operated neighborhood eaterie where a warm welcome and friendly, efficient customer service is guaranteed. We also serve really good coffee.
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  • 6
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A gem!

Myself and my boyfriend pop in here for some breakfast or lunch from time to time, and it's always a delight! The staff are very friendly and always smiling. The food is delicious and there's a large variety of things to choose from. The place itself is pretty, bright, and they always have great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Aoife C
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Portlaoise, Ireland
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English first
Portlaoise, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Myself and my boyfriend pop in here for some breakfast or lunch from time to time, and it's always a delight! The staff are very friendly and always smiling. The food is delicious and there's a large variety of things to choose from. The place itself is pretty, bright, and they always have great music playing in the background. It's... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Love popping in here, from the window front to the delicious food calling you from behind the deli counter, this spot is a delight. The service is quick and friendly & the place spotless and beautifully decorated. They also display the work of local artists which is lovely to look at it while enjoying your food. The food, which is... More 

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Ladonna M, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Dear Joff F, To be referred to as 'a delight' has made our day! Thank you. So very pleased to receive such lovely feedback on our food. We promise to never change our philosophy to 'cook everything from scratch' at The Pantry, More 

co. laois
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I would usually go to this restaurant for coffee and cake in the afternoon once a week with my friends, Always a lovely experience Spacious very easy to chat and the staff are pleasant, fast table service Reasonably priced,we are never disappointed with the lovely fresh homemade food. When I see other meals coming out I want to have lunch... More 

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Ladonna M, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Dear Rambo0 What a lovely review title. Always nice to receive a review from a returning visitor (and thank you for your repeat custom). Hope we're getting closer to tempting you in for a lunchtime visit :) More 

Hacienda Heights, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I visited the pantry on my way to the Rock of Dunmase. It was one of those shop fronts that draws you in. Once inside, the food does not disappoint. Each of us had a different panini or sandwich and not one of us had a negative thing to say. Great lunch menu with generous portions. The coffee was Waldo... More 

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Ladonna M, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Dear IloveIreland13, First of all, we just love your tripadvisor name. (We think there's a lot to love about Ireland too!..). The entire team at The Pantry is so very touched by your kind review and thank you for taking time to share it online. Delighted to have earned your recommendation. Thanks again. Ladonna More 

Portlaoise, Ireland
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We had a tailor made ciabatta with turkey and ham and greek salad made order to suit our dietary requirement, pastries looked wonderful but unfortunately out of bounds for us. The atmosphere was good in a busy way, we had a wonderful table watching the main street.The daily news paper (Irish times) was available for a euro a very nice... More 

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Ladonna M, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Dear Retired039 Thank you for acknowledging our helpful staff. We value each and every one of them very highly and are proud to have them on our team at the Pantry. Your kind comments have been passed along to them. Regards & thanks again. Ladonna More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Always friendly service, with the most delicious salad bar. Always something tasty for us vegis. Relaxed and calm environment 👍

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Ladonna M, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Dear Charliemousey, Great that you are a champion of our efficient service! . Our wholesome home cooking takes into account all dietary requirements - including veggie, gluten free and vegan. Many thanks for your kind words. Ladonna More 

County Laois, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Set at the top of Main Street at the edge of market square , the Pantry is a jewel in the crown of Portlaoise's eateries. Friendly staff will welcome you to the Pantry's homely and cosy surroundings. Fresh wholesome good Irish food with a varying menu should provide a good choice for anyone's palate. Great place for a long or... More 

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Ladonna M, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Dear Drennan Family, Thanks for your review and for recognising the freshness of our menu items since this is a direct result of our policy to bake or cook every item from scratch in our own kitchen. Your recommendation is very much appreciated. Thank you once again, Ladonna More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I was here yesterday - by chance. I ordered a coffee and scone, early in the morning. I had a business meeting in the area and the decor and display of the premises was so tempting that I called in. I returned at lunchtime and the lady instantly recognised me and welcomed me back to the cafe. I was so... More 

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Ladonna M, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Dear Maura C, Your kind review was so nice to receive & has been shared with our team. Thanks for taking the time to make this feedback known. Your recommendations are deeply valued. Ladonna More 

Galway, Ireland
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a very pleasant café restaurant, and very popular with the locals. The staff are extremely helpful and the service is very good. The salads from the chiller were unbelievably cold. Yes I know there are regulations. Tomato soup was both tasty and hot with lovely brown bread. My carbonara was without flavour. French fries are not served. Maybe... More 

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Thanks for your honest and helpful review. The bechamel sauce from which we make our carbonara is made from scratch in our kitchen however I'm very sorry to hear it wasn't to your taste. It is one of the most popularly requested hot dishes. I regret that we didnt have a chance to provide you with an alternative dish during... More 

Portlaosie
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I like this little restaurant but I often feel that it is a summertime place with its nice salads and light foods. Very popular with my wife.

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Glad you like our offering and hope we have an opportunity to delight you beyond Summer time with some of our homemade hearty broths and casseroles, bread and butter puddings and winter berry crumbles. More 

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Additional Information about The Pantry

Address: 13 Market Square, Portlaoise, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 57 868 1695
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Laois  >  Portlaoise
Average Prices: USD 4 - 9
Cuisine: Cafe, Dessert, Bakeries, Delicatessen

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13 Market Square, Portlaoise, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Laois  >  Portlaoise
  • Phone Number: +353 57 868 1695

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 9
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Dessert, Bakeries, Delicatessen

Description

A taste of home cooking is on offer at The Pantry where every single menu item is prepared in our own kitchen by a small team of enthusiastic foodies. In addition to a wide range of fresh salads, customers enjoy savoury tartlets, frittatas, quiches, roulades, ciabattas, wraps, paninis, open sandwiches in addition to a hot lunch daily special. Wellknown for outstanding homebaked pastries and cakes, this is a fulltime owner operated neighborhood eaterie where a warm welcome and friendly, efficient customer service is guaranteed. We also serve really good coffee.

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