The Stuffed Olive

Butterbean, Chorizo & Cabbage Soup, Roasted Red Pepper Paté, Aubergine Chickpea and Mushroom Tagine…at last, The Stuffed Olive has re-opened!

I cannot tell you how delighted I was to step into the newly re-opened Stuffed Olive in Bantry last week.

Stuffed Olive 9Owner, Trish Messom and her daughters, Grace and Sarah have re-opened the amazing haven for foodies in their new premises on Bridge Street in Bantry. I think I speak for every food lover in the West Cork area when I say it is such a pleasure to see this place open again.

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On walking into the new Stuffed Olive, the smell of fresh coffee, coupled with a warm welcome from Bernie was enough for me! Already, I loved the atmosphere in this place – small, yet airy, cosy and bright. The staff are extremely friendly and could not have been more helpful. I spoke with Bernie who told me about the re-open. Her enthusiasm for the place was contagious – which says a lot!

The Stuffed Olive is full of wonderful local Irish produce, chocolate, coffee, juices, chutneys, jams, olive oils, cakes, cookies, crackers, sauces, marinades… you name it.

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Trish owns and runs The Stuffed Olive with her two daughters, Grace & Sarah. Raised on a farm in West Cork and the youngest of 14 children, it is no wonder Trish has a deep appreciation and respect for good, simple food. “I love food and what can be done from a few simple ingredients and if at all possible I use only Irish products and no shortcuts.”

Everything in The Stuffed Olive is freshly made by Trish and her daughters, hence her 4am start! Trish is so enthusiastic about the products she stocks and the food that she produces. I was really impressed with her selection of salads and she even has a lot of flour free delights such as lemon polenta cake, seriously rich chocolate cake and Moroccan orange cake, (celiacs, breathe a sigh of relief).

I left TStuffed Olive 1he Stuffed Olive with a warm fuzzy feeling having met the ladies behind it all, or maybe it was the lovely coffee from Cork Coffee Roasters I was holding… the Rebel City Espresso Blend, like!

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