A day in Kilcullen and a review of An Tearmann

Sometimes I think, you forget what's on your own doorstep. I'm so lucky to live in Kilcullen, I've loved it from the moment we moved here many years ago.
There are lots of great shops and places to eat in the town and as today was so gorgeous we decided to take a stroll down to the town and have some lunch. Mark had some paintings exhibited in An Tearmann so I wanted to have a wee look and also have a ramble around the nature walk in the Bridge Community. This is such a fantastic amenity to have near us, it's a really peaceful place to have a wander or even to just sit by the river. Today it looked particularly beautiful as the sun shone and lots of flowers were still in bloom.

Kilcullen Bridge Liffey

The Bridge Kilcullen, River

Kilcullen Bridge Community

Orange Flower Kilcullen

Rose, Bridge Community Kilcullen

There are hens and ducks, pigs and sheep to be seen, lots of nice places to sit and relax, a perfect chill out place for all the family.

Ducks in the Bridge Community Kilcullen

Brown Hen Bridge Commmunity

Hen Bridge Community

I was getting pretty hungry after we had walked for a bit so we headed up to An Tearmann for some food.

An Tearmann, Kilcullen, Kildare

We ordered and went to sit upstairs and had a look at some of the paintings on exhibit by the Kilcullen Art Group, including Mark's which were my favourites naturally :)

Mark Reid Painting Woodland

Woodland Sunlight Mark Reid

The shop itself is lovely and we've been going there for a long time and lived in the Camphill Community for a year as volunteers, so I always feel right at home there. It does have a really cosy relaxed atmosphere, very far from corporate coffee shops that have sprung up everywhere. It is also a really important part of the community as it provides a place for the villagers to work and interact, villagers being the term used for the adults with special needs who live and work in the Bridge.

Food arrived...

Caesar Salad Kilcullen

Veggie Wrap An Tearmann

My chicken and bacon caesar salad was perfect, just what I wanted. The chicken and bacon were warm and had just the right amount of dressing as well as homemade croutons and a slice of brown bread (again homemade) on the side. Delicious!
Mark really enjoyed his veggie wrap, it had roasted peppers, mozarella and sundried tomatoes with a pesto dressing as well as crisps on the side and freshly made coleslaw. 
I really like the fact that the soft drinks are organic and the desserts are pretty amazing too but we saved ourselves for another treat, more of that in a little bit.
It was €17.00 for the two of us including one coffee which was great value for such a lovely lunch. I also have to mention that their scones are the nicest I have ever had!

Here are some pics of the shop, also a great place to buy gifts and homewares..

Upstairs in An Tearmann

An Tearmann Gifts

Upstairs View An Tearmann

Onwards we went, heading home but this is where our dessert comes in - we popped in to our friend Armelle's shop which is called Armelle's Kitchen for a tarte au fraise which I had spotted on the way down. Luckily there was one left for me and we also got a tarte au citron and a selection of macarons which are the best macarons anywhere. Home to coffee and our yummy treats -

Box of Goodies, Armelle's Kitchen

Macarons Armelle's Kitchen

What a glorious day it was and you can see we were having a good time - 

Mark Reid Cliona Kelliher

So if you haven't yet been to Kilcullen, you're missing out ;)

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  • Heart2Art
    Heart2Art 29 September 2015 at 10:43

    What a gorgeous place. It's funny how you never really take advantage of something that is on your doorstep. I live on the coast but I can't remember the last time I went to the beach.

  • Unknown
    Unknown 29 September 2015 at 14:02

    Yeps, I definitely feel like I'm missing out now! Lovely review of what seems like a very lovely place.
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  • Sarah
    Sarah 29 September 2015 at 16:01

    Kilcullen looks like an amazing place! My children would love the ducks and hens, hehe. And the food looks AMAZING! I'd love to visit Kilcullen one day. Lovely post and lovely photos, too :)

  • Linda
    Linda 29 September 2015 at 18:38

    Wow what a beautiful place. Your very lucky. Those macaroons look more like a present than a snack! What lovely presentation

  • Rachel Neal
    Rachel Neal 29 September 2015 at 20:40

    Looks amazing and 100% the sort of place that as a family we would love to get out and explore. We have a couple of lovely places on our doorstep but its big lakes and fields. This place however looks like a more all round place to visit. WOW That strawberry tart is my fav too he he xx

  • Unknown
    Unknown 29 September 2015 at 22:08

    I don't spend enough time in Kilcullen! What a beautiful place x

  • Emma T
    Emma T 30 September 2015 at 00:11

    Looks like it's a lovely little place to visit. That cafe looks my ideal place to eat - that chicken looks delicious.

  • Ana De-Jesus
    Ana De-Jesus 30 September 2015 at 08:08

    Where is this magical picturesque place that appears to have been lifted straight out of a fairytale? How gorgeous is the bridge and loved that colorful building too.

  • Stephanie 139a
    Stephanie 139a 30 September 2015 at 10:27

    That looks a lovely place and you're right we often forget what's on our own doorsteps. And those cakes, wow - they look gorgeous, I bet they tasted fab too

  • K Elizabeth
    K Elizabeth 30 September 2015 at 12:12

    Beautiful place! I often have to remind myself just how lucky I am where I live to have so many lovely places right on my door step! xxx

  • Unknown
    Unknown 30 September 2015 at 12:19

    Kilcullen looks so lovely! I think we all need to remind ourselves of the beauty where we live. We often take it for granted. I particularly liked the pics of the shop.

  • Unknown
    Unknown 30 September 2015 at 21:34

    What a lovely review. Those macroons look so yummy, I want so now haha. Looks like the sort of place I'd love to spend the weekend with himself.

  • Ickle Pickle
    Ickle Pickle 2 October 2015 at 10:33

    This looks such a beautiful place - and that food looks yummy! I would love to visit one day. Kaz

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