The Doolin Cave Café re-opens this St Patricks weekend with a vibrant and fresh menu. New manager, Renata, shares a little bit about herself and what she has in store for visitors to the attraction.
Originally from Poland, Renata came to Ireland 20 years ago and has always run her own business. A successful entrepreneur, she also operates Shannon Fruit and Veg in the Skycourt Shopping Centre in Shannon. She is enthusiastic about her existing business and its complementary nature to her new venture.
“I opened Shannon Fruit and Veg nine years ago and luckily it has been successful. We are a one-stop shop for locally-sourced fruit and vegetables, and we also offer a selection of homemade baking, jams, soups, chowders and big range of locally sourced organic produce.”
Renata outlines the delicious fare that she has in store for visitors to Doolin Cave.
“We will be serving homemade soups, chowders, open sandwiches, take away sandwiches, coffee, tea, smoothies. A big range of homemade cakes such as: apple tarts, lemon drizzle, chocolate, carrot cake, homemade scones and pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup. There will also be a daily special, an example of which would be chicken or prawn curry.”
I get the feeling while speaking with her that she is passionate about the traceability of food and the ingredients that go into her dishes.
“The majority of the ingredients we use are locally sourced in Co. Clare, although we do get produce from outside the county also.”
The scenery and the range of local activities drew Renata to set up shop in Doolin.
“I love this part of Co. Clare. In my spare time I like to play golf, often in Lahinch. I like to drive up to Doolin afterwards to take in the unique atmosphere.”
Renata has yet to swap her apron for a hard hat on the cave tour, but the guides can’t wait to show her the menu of wonders that exist in Doolin Cave.
Lunchtime is about to get a lot more interesting! Best of luck Renata from all the team at Doolin Cave!
The Doolin Cave Café is open this Friday the 17th of March.