The Lazy Bean Café is one of my favourite local cafés with a great variety of coffees, sandwiches, hot lunches and sweet treats. At lunch time it’s difficult to get a seat with locals and tourists alike crammed into the cosy nook, but call before one o’clock, or after two, and you can not only avail of free parking in the adjacent square for two hours, but you’ll probably get a seat fairly quickly too.
Food, glorious food
I find it hard to resist the goat’s cheese offering on the menu and almost always opt for it. Today, however, I went for one of the ‘specials’ – a seasonable wrap, bursting at the seams with chicken, homemade stuffing, ham, garlic and salad. Delicious! My own seams were fairly stretched as I attempted to devour the crisps that were served alongside it. The filtered coffee went down well, and with a free refill, what’s not to like?
Service at The Lazy Bean is efficient and friendly. There’s always someone ready to greet you at the door, even if you do have to wait a few minutes for a table.
With it’s beautiful 13th century castle and surrounding parkland, Cahir makes for a great place to stop en route from Cork to Dublin, or as somewhere for a family walk and a bite to eat. Take a walk from the castle along the tree lined riverside path as far as the Swiss Cottage and have a picnic, or enjoy a stroll around the Inch field and admire the wildflowers, sculptures and fairy garden.
The local Cahir Tidy Towns have done trojan work on maintaining the beautiful amenities that Cahir has to offer. And initiatives such as the beautiful memorial garden (pictured above) have raised funds that have contributed to the picturesque landscape, while giving people a unique way to remember their loved ones. Tastefully designed, the memorial garden incorporates an attractive arrangement of shrubs and trees facing the river, providing a peaceful, natural area for visitors to sit.
My tip for anyone passing through Cahir with a few minutes to spare? Park up, grab a takeaway coffee (the Lazy Bean do a mean chai latte), and take yourself down to the low wall beside the castle and do a spot of people watching in the sunshine.