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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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  • 48
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 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
Most recent review
Gem

Fabulous place to go for lunch,great selection of good quality foods and salads,nice friendly atmosphere and very clean.I was a student at the near by hair and beauty college and Met my sister here for lunch one day and she had parked in the underground car park at the local hotel, I was returning... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Theresa K
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dessert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Fabulous place to go for lunch,great selection of good quality foods and salads,nice friendly atmosphere and very clean.I was a student at the near by hair and beauty college and Met my sister here for lunch one day and she had parked in the underground car park at the local hotel, I was returning to the college after lunch and... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Wow how did I not hear of this restaurant previously? I visited at lunchtime on a Monday and was very pleasantly surprised at the very good quality of food. We had the chicken tikka Quiche with a selection of salads and an excellent honey and mustard dressing. A steal by comparison to Dublin prices. The staff are so helpful and... More 

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Westmeath, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Had lung here a few times now and it's always great. Best salad bar I've come across really good healthy and tasty options for lunch or a snack. The fresh coffee and cakes are amazing too. Venue is lovely, clean & bright. If dining alone there's always a paper or magazine available to read. Great spot.

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Portlaoise, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Very nice fresh salads, wraps etc. excellent cakes and pastries. Great service always with a smile and comfortable atmosphere even if you are eating alone.

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

This was a truly lovely review for us to read and we're most grateful to you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Laois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Food was very bland. You would make much nicer yourself at home. Most things already made up sitting there God knows how long. Way way overpriced for very bland food. Also tables are cramped on top of eachother. Very difficult to converse in peace while having your overpriced tasteless lunch

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Very disappointed to read this review but thank you nonetheless for your opinion. It's our genuine desire to ensure that every customer leaves us having had a positive experience however we also accept that this will not be achievable 100 per cent of the time. I do wish to clarify that, for the convenience of customers (many of whom visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

On entry to the cafe we were made very welcome. The lady behind the counter went through the choices of fresh home made food. We had the chicken and spinach lasagne with Greek salad and this was unreal. Great place for lunch. Service exceptional. Roomy dining area. Definitely will stop by again when in the area.

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Can't thank you enough for your kind review. We love meeting new customers and it genuinely makes our day to hear that, in your opinion, we have done something 'exceptional' - so thanks again. More 

Portlaoise, Ireland
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I was looking for hot chocolate drinks for my two children in which they were not disappointed. They got large glasses with marshmallows and they found it not too hot. They were delicious. I had a cup of tea with a snack. The cup was pink with love hearts on it and as it was christmas the place was lavished... More 

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Delighted that you had a chance to visit over Christmas (our absolute favourite time of year!). Thanks for your kind words which we really appreciate. More 

Portlaoise, Ireland
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The cafe is spacious and is regularly busy, which is always a good sign. I'm a big fan of their cakes, particularly the Toblerone Cheesecake, which I usually grab with a mocha, offer of cream always a plus. I've yet to try their savory foods but there is a pretty good selection and they look delicious. Coffee is at a... More 

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review. Its true we are very busy at lunchtimes especially and we do our very best to ensure customers are tended to and seated with minimal waiting time during peak periods. Thanks again. More 

County Laois, Ireland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We moved to this area in recent weeks and just after the lunch rush we called into the Pantry in Portlaoise. It was a wet cold Tuesday and when we walked in we could feel the warmth in the restaurant. We ordered a chicken salad and my wife had a frittata( I think that what it was called). The menu... More 

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

It was genuinely lovely to receive your review and genuinely rewarding for our team. Thanks for this and hope to see you soon. More 

Dublin
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Excellent coffees and seasonal mince pies.Gluten free mince pies available as well as several GF lunch options. Very good Lemon cake. Busy cafe with pleasant atmosphere. Art for sale .Different display every month.An oasis in a very dreary town centre.

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

What a nice review - thanks so much. We aim to always accommodate a varied range of customer food preferences with several tasty homemade menu alternatives and hope you have an opportunity to visit us again soon. In fact, when you do - remind us of your post so that our team (who are mostly all locals) can share with... More 

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Restaurant Details

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: Bakery, Delicatessen, Dessert, Café

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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