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Indulge at ... BUDGET Traders Coffee House (1 St Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co Louth) serves a fine brew – Solaris teas, Ariosa coffees and elegant sandwiches with artisan cheeses and dry-cured hams. Grab a window seat and watch Drogheda stroll by. Don’t let Brown Hound Bakery’s unlikely location (2 Bryanstown, Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth, 041 983 3792) in a shopping centre just outside Drogheda deter you. This spot is worth the detour. With a blackboard listing the times its goodies are expected out of the oven, a counter groaning with savoury pies, tarts, cookies and cupcakes, and décor full of offbeat touches. CREATIVE Locally caught fish is big on the menu at one of Drogheda’s hippest restaurants. Check out Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill (Bryanstown Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth,

041 980 2570), the grown-up sister to Brown Hound Bakery down the block. This spot cooks up locally sourced goodies in just the right sort of fancy ways. Think grilled lamb steak with gooseberry salsa; skyscraper sundae with summer fruits, meringue, ice cream and a jaunty cherry. Delicious. TOP-NOTCH Chef Robbie Krawczyk took over the kitchens at Tankardstown House’s Brabazon restaurant (Rathkenny, Slane, Co Meath, 041 982 4621; tankardstown.ie) earlier this year, having polished his skills at the O’Brien Chop House, Dunbrody House and The Cliff House. This unflappable chef produces spectacular dishes with ingredients plundered from the gardens where possible, and magicked into mouthwatering platefuls. Vegetarian? You’re in for a treat. This is special occasion dining. OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2014

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