The Firehouse Bakery
Easter holidays. Ali’s two weeks off from teaching coincides nicely with a quiet two weeks of work for me and we have plenty of time together to look forward to. We are also fortunate that the weather is good – a nice day out is certainly in order. After our drizzly trip to Glendalough on St. Patrick’s Day, we vowed to return far more often. It really is a wonderful place and the surrounding area, equally as beautiful. We set off early and after a morning exploring St. Kevin’s trail, we stop off at Glendalough for an ice-cream before driving to Delgany for lunch. I’ve heard lots about the Firehouse Bakery and am intent on getting there, even if it’s well out of our way!
The Firehouse Bakery is located inside The Old Delgany Inn on the way into the village. There is ample parking around the rear and entering from the car park, you pass through the Delgany Grocer with lots of fresh vegetables and artisan produce on show. The smell of fresh bread and pizza leads you through the door to the cosy cafe/bakery and spotting the table at the window is empty, we make a bee line for it. We both decide to try their pizza but upon ordering I’m informed of a twenty minute wait – it’s no problem, we order bread and dips to snack on as we chat.
Our drinks arrive quickly. Ali has a Wild Orchard Lemonade while I go for a flat white. The coffee is beautifully presented and smooth, even if it does lack a little depth. Our bread and dips arrive soon after – a board with a mixture of homemade bread with pesto, hummus, smashed avocado and olive oil. The hummus in particular stands out with a deep spicy flavour and the bread is magnificent. I momentarily ponder the sense in ordering bread for starter and pizza for mains but I don’t regret it for a second!
Not long after we finish the starter our pizza’s arrive. The Firehouse Special is perfect. A soft, thin base with a touch of semolina topped generously with tomato, wood-fired chicken, Gubbeen salami and mozzarella. It’s well seasoned and has just a hint of smokiness from the wood-fired oven. It’s a hefty offering and I do well to finish it, especially after the bread starter. After buying some sourdough bread and pastries it’s back on the road for a visit to the spectacular Powerscourt Waterfall followed by a drive home through the scenic Sally Gap.
The Firehouse Bakery is well worth a visit if you find yourself in the area. The pizza’s are thin and flavourful while the bread and pastries are the perfect take home treats. The service is friendly and efficient and although there can be a wait for pizza, you can browse in the attached Delgany Grocer or just enjoy the cosy ambience.
Old Delgany Inn
01 287 6822