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The Pantry

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13 Market Square, Portlaoise, Ireland
+353 57 868 1695
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
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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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
Gorgeous food and reallt friendly staff

We stopped here on the basis of TripAdvisor reviews and so glad we did. Food was delicious, good coffee and the nicest staff I have come across for ages. Also very good value. Will definitely return if we're going in that direction

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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English first
Ireland
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped here on the basis of TripAdvisor reviews and so glad we did. Food was delicious, good coffee and the nicest staff I have come across for ages. Also very good value. Will definitely return if we're going in that direction

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Popped into The Pantry for lunch on Monday with my husband and daughter. Food and staff were fantastic. There's so much to choose from. We had sandwiches and salad which were so fresh and tasty. Unfortunately my daughter who'd already had lunch had her heart set on icecream which wasn't on the menu but the staff allowed us to get... More 

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

We were happy to have been able to facilitate your daughters request for ice cream when you visited. In fact, we often make our very own carmelised brown bread ice cream (when the sun makes an appearance). You might give it a try in the future. Thank you for your really kind review of The Pantry and we hope to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Came across this lovely little cafe while looking for breakfast. I had a great chicken caesar wrap. My husband had a bacon bap with tomato relish. He said it was simple but done very well the best he had tasted. Cost of breakfast with coffees and tea came to 20 euro. Very reasonable. Will return soon.

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Your review made us smile - cheers! Hope to welcome you back again soon. More 

Portlaoise
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Had lunch here on Saturday and was very disappointed with the quality of the food and the length of time it took to be delivered to our table.No natural mineral water available in the fridge so opted for tap water instead as it's the same as the bottled 'pure Irish water'. The menu on the board was very difficult to... More 

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we clearly remember your party and offer you an honest 'hands up' in reply - your order for two maple bacon breakfast baps was not given to the kitchen immediately - as it should have been. It was entirely a human oversight and rectified instantly once it became apparent you were still waiting. This... More 

Port Laoise, Laois, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I have eaten here on a number of occasions and have always enjoyed fresh and tasty food, really nice herbal tea and homemade desserts.

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Lovely to know you are a regular customer - thanks for your kind comments. They mean an awful lot to us. More 

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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Stopped here for lunch on the way Ashbourne, delightful little cafe beautiful decor spotlessly clean lovely friendly staff lovely clean toilets and the food is gorgeous, freshly prepared with a great selection of salads I had a turkey and ham salad plate the meats were as fresh as the lovely salad selection with very generous helpings would highly recommend a... More 

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

You've made us feel very happy with such a kind comment. Delighted that you like our fresh food and enjoyed your visit to The Pantry. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. More 

Offaly, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Excellent restaurant, food home made. Had soup, brown bread very good. Defineatly will recommend to all my friends

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

To be described as a 'gem' is a real compliment - thanks so very much. All feedback is shared with our team but I have to say the baker took particular pride in your comment about her homemade wheaten and soup. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

While I don't get to visit as often as I'd like to, I should have reviewed The Pantry a long time ago. An intimate, welcoming and friendly atmosphere awaits you once you push open the door. Whilst always busy, you will always be accomodated in terms of seating and I am indeed guilty at rush hour spending too much browsing... More 

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

It is with a sense of pride in our team that we read your lovely review. It's nice to know that we're on the right track in terms of meeting customer expectations. Very much appreciate your custom and look forward to welcoming you back soon. We might need to work on developing that sweet tooth of yours however.... baby steps... More 

Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Travelling through Co Laois we stopped for lunch in Portlaoise. Walking up and down the main street we were a bit worried we wouldn't find anywhere suitable to have lunch with a 3 year old but then stumbled on The Pantry. Lovely fresh food and cakes and very friendly service. Very good.

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

We're also delighted that you stumbled upon us and are so pleased to read your kind review. Hope your little person also approved of your lunching location choice! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

A real gem,excellent food,great choices served by the friendliest and most efficient staff you could ever hope to meet

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Well it was your review title that really made our day! ... Magic altogther. Thanks for that. 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: Cafe, 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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