The last kilometre of any run always kills me. The finishline taunts me. Last Saturday, after a horrible rainy roadrace, my mother and I set off bound for the Brown Hound.
I had heard whisperings of this place and was intruiged by thoughts of ‘the perfect pastry’ as claimed by Dónal Skehan. Its setting is a little out of the way, in that, it’s basically a retail unit in the middle of a housing estate. Be that as it may, as soon as you open the door, you’re in a foodie paradise.
The interior is what I would call Manhattanesque, it’s big glass cabinets, quirky tables and handwritten notes all around. The cakes, cookies, bakes and tarts are piled high and look incredible. It’s chic and cool but not in an unfriendly ‘you’re not cool enough to come in here’ way.
We ordered two parmesan and chive scones, one with avocado and pancetta and the other with a vintage cheddar and chutney. They came wrapped up beautifully in paper with a little string on a pretty little plate. Both of them were gorgeous. We halved them and tasted each others, oohing and aahing over the texture of the scones and the poor standard of scones nationwide!
Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying some of the sweet treats. I picked some Carrot Cake and Mam got a an Almond and Raspberry slice, and we had two cappuchinos too. I have an aunt who makes a mean carrot cake, so this cake had a lot to live up to, and it did. The cake was moist, with a little spice and a gorgeous layer of icing. Mam was also impressed with her chewy slice.
The food was great, the place was packed and the staff were lovely. If you haven’t been, what is wrong with you?!
Brown Hound Bakery is in Bryanstown, Drogheda, County Louth. They’ve got a Facebook page too.