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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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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
Such a Welcome

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Maura C
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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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Galway, Ireland
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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 

Dublin, Ireland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great spot for light lunch or pastries; or both of course! Had lunch with colleagues lovely casserole pots, and the finest range of salads on the side! Good coffee and service always present! Great spot for morning coffee and to chill reading a paper!

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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed our freshly prepared salads and lunch options. Its kind of you to share this feedback on Tripadvisor. Thanks again and hope we have the chance to serve you again soon. More 

1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Glad to be able to reunite you with your parking ticket,. Often thought Mark would make a good detective!.. Thanks for your kind feedback and for your repeat custom. Hope your course is going well. More 

Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
46 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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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for visiting us on a trip back home. Thanks for your truly lovely review. We are delighted you stopped by and look forward to serving you again soon. More 

Westmeath, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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pita1969, Owner at The Pantry, responded to this review

What a lovely review. Thanks so much. So glad you enjoyed your lunch with us. More 

Portlaoise, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
18 helpful votes 18 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 

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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: Café, Dessert, Bakery, 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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