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Carlow’s Café Formenti wins Irish Scone making Competition

Goodall’s of Ireland have announced the winner of their search for the country's Best Scone! The competition was run to find the best commercially-made scone for sale in restaurants and cafes around Ireland and started from a simple comment on Twitter.

This morning, Carlow’s Café Formenti has been revealed as the winner of a €1,000 prize fund, but more importantly the coveted title of ‘Best Scone of Ireland’!

Husband and wife team Richie Fenner and Christina Caratti from Formenti Cafe 
The competition caught the public imagination with #bestscone becoming one of the top trends talked about on Irish Twitter last week.   A shortlist was compiled from public nominations cast on Twitter and Facebook and was  then voted for on the blog, with almost 10,000 votes being cast from around the country.   

Café Formenti’s unusual ‘Scruffin’ a cross between a muffin and a scone, encouraged loyal customers and fans to get behind the Carlow based café, and owner Richie Fenner commented on his delight at the victory for the café, “Cafe Formenti, along with being a working cafe where we cater for all tastes in Carlow town, is also a community, where all walks of life come to interact" he said.

Cafe Formenti's ‘Scruffin’ - a cross between a muffin and a scone
Four regional winners were also selected from the shortlist of 12 finalists; The Halo Café in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Keogh’s Café on Trinity Street in Dublin, Tierney’s Costcutter in Ennis, Co. Clare, and The Tuckaway Coffee Shop in Waterford, and each eatery will receive a €500 prize.

Speaking on behalf of Goodall’s Gareth Watkins commented, “We wanted to celebrate the best of Irish baking – not the fancy stuff but tasty everyday stuff, that when it’s done well can be fantastic.  We all know scones can vary from the mediocre to the truly great and Café Formenti  represents the best of modern Irish food”.

The Goodall’s brand was first manufactured in Ireland in 1933, but was well known and popular among the Irish people long before that. “Yorkshire Relish” is even mentioned in Ulysses! Nowadays the Goodall’s brand is renowned for its high quality range of herbs, spices, flavourings, colourings, peppers, pastes and seasonings.

Goodalls have been a household name in Irish kitchens for  80 years!

Any bakers wishing to try their hand at making Ireland’s best scone can have a look at where Goodalls will  publish the café’s top tips on scone making .  You can join in the great scone debate on or follow the conversation on


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