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The Firehouse Bakery, Delgany - Image via Firehouse Bakery
The Firehouse Bakery in Delgany, Wicklow is a busy neighbourhood spot handcrafting crusty sourdough and authentic soda bread loaves daily in their clay oven. Incredibly, where the Firehouse Bakery stands today there was once a number of communal ovens. Villagers would come together, chatting and catching up on local news as they waited for their bread to bake.
While you’re there, say hello to chef Patrick Ryan, an award-winning artisanal baker. The team even run a Bread School where budding bakers can hone their skills.
In the same building is Roasted Brown, a beautiful organic coffee bean roastery. The coffee company started out as a single cart that visited events, festivals and piers, and has built up a considerable following since. Try their speciality seasonal coffee beans, sourced direct through Fairtrade farmers.