Weekend Eats: These Are The Best Places To Eat Brunch In Leinster Right Now

Because it's not all about Dublin, y'know.

As part of our Weekend Eats series, we’ve scoured the country’s best eateries and created an exhaustive – and extensive – list of Ireland’s best brunch spots.

In this week’s edition, we’re finding out the best places to chow down in Leinster.


The Donkey Shed

Donkey Shed Restaurant

Newbarn Farm, Ashbourne, Co Meath


Be there before 12pm, because that’s when brunch is dunzo at this open farm outside Ashbourne. Local produce is used to create menu items like the Newbarn Mini Grill, laid-on-the-farm eggs , French toast and the Donkey Club Special, a breakfast sandwich with the works.


Beans and Leaves

Beans and Leaves

Lloyds Lane, Athlone


Soakage is the name of the game at this Athlone cafe: all-day short and tall pancake stacks, southern fried chicken sandwiches, smoked haddock fish cakes, waffles, wings, the full Irish and lots more are on its weekend menu.

The Corner House Bistro

corner house bistro
Dublingate St, Athlone


Saturdays only and the menu says breakfast, but relax, there’s enough here to satisfy a dedicated follower of brunch, like sweet or savoury crepes, portobello mushrooms and of course, the requisite full Irish. Phewsies.


Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill

Eastern Seaboard

No1 Bryanstown Centre, Drogheda


Brunch is on offer both weekend days from 11am to around 1.30pm, and given the Eastern Seaboard’s foodie rep, it’s raved about. Eggs Benedict with ham hock or smoked salmon, apple monkey bread and moreish cocktails are all on tempting offer.


Mug Shot Cafe


25 James Street, Kilkenny


The Sunday Brunch Club takes place weekly from 11am – 4pm and means indulging in meaty offerings as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly choices like the wholesome vegetarian breakfast, organic porridge with apple syrup, granola and the Power Loaf, a seed and fruit bread.


Forty Main Street

40 main st

40 Main St, Portlaoise


Unless you’re a very early riser, it’s pretty much breakfast at Forty Main St, as service ends on weekends at 12pm. Expect eggs Benedict, great big fry-ups and pancake stacks. STELLAR readers rave about it, so the next time you’re passing through, go!


Miller & Cooke

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50 Pearse Street, Mullingar, Co Westmeath


Acai bowls make the offering different here and there’s also a bakery and speciality food hall on site. Traditionalists, relax: all the on-the-reg options including a veggie plate are on offer too. Warning: brunch ends at 1pm on Sundays.

This article first appeared in our September issue. The November issue is on shelves now! 

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