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Holly's Cafe is a wonderful new food outlet in Kilkee, County Clare

Holly's Café, a new coffee shop offering a sophisticated array of ‘to die for’ desserts created by two chefs that have worked in Michelin star kitchens in the UK and Ireland, has recently opened by the sea in Kilkee, Co. Clare.

Jon Butler & Holly Kelliher
outside the entrance to their new business, Holly’s Café, in Kilkee, County Clare

The café, whose eye-catching pastries, cakes and cookies along with their scones and soda bread are all freshly made in house each day, has initially opened for takeaway only in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Once it’s safe for them to do so, the café will have the capacity to comfortably seat thirty people inside and a further twenty people outdoors.

Having spent years mastering their trade at luxury five-star hotel, The Ritz London, and honing their skills in the likes of Adare Manor’s Michelin-starred The Oak Room restaurant, in Co. Limerick, it comes as no surprise that Co-Owners, Holly Kelliher’s and Jon Butler’s picture perfect pastries are as enjoyable to eat as they are pleasing to the eye.


Chocolate Macaroons, Baked Alaska, Carrot Cake, and Manjari Chocolate Mousse with Caramel
at Holly’s Café in Kilkee

All of the café’s French-style patisseries are painstakingly hand-crafted on-site daily and created using premium ingredients from the likes of Valrhona Chocolate, Cocoa Atelier, Callebaut Belgian Chocolate, and Ponthier (fruit purees).

Visitors can expect to choose from a list of signature pastries including a Manjari Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Cremeux and a Caramel centre, a Passionfruit Mousse - White Chocolate & Passionfruit Mousse, Passionfruit centre and Coconut Sable, a Vanilla Choux Pastry filled with Madagascan Vanilla Creme Diplomat, and Pistachio Macaroons filled with Chocolate Ganache and Raspberry Gel. Counter Cakes include a Hazelnut Gianguja - Hazelnut Sponge with Chocolate Chips & Hazelnut Chantilly.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse

The breakfast, brunch and lunch menus include a wholesome selection of homemade breakfasts, salads and sandwiches that will change weekly. These are served alongside specialty coffees made using beans from the Burren-based coffee roastery, Anam Coffee, and loose leaf teas from fellow Co. Clare business, Guru Tea House. 

There is a real focus on, and passion for, using and showcasing locally sourced and organic produce as much as possible. The lunch menu includes a Ham & Cheese Toastie featuring Limerick ham paired with cheese from Mossfield Organic Farm in Co. Offaly alongside Ballymaloe Relish, and the sausages for their Breakfast Bap come from Kelly’s Meat Store, just down the road in Kilrush. The café also uses Ballybrisk Brie in its sandwiches and salads, and stocks products from popular Limerick-based Chocolatier, Braw, among others, in their retail section.

Holly's Café is open six days a week (closed Mondays), Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Check out their Facebook Page at


Head Chef Required for Friels Award Winning Bar and Restaurant, County Derry

Friel’s Historic Bar & Restaurant is a 5th generation, family run, award winning Irish Bar & Restaurant. Nestled in the heart of the South County Derry countryside, at the foot of Carntogher Mountain, in the picturesque village of Swatragh, Northern Ireland, BT46 5QF. 

Friel's is a pub with an original wooden ceiling, ornate bar counter and a roaring fire. Walls are lined with historic photographs and Guinness memorabilia. They are one of those places with all the charm of an ‘old man’s pub’ but with the buzz of weekend cocktails, family Sunday lunch and coffee catch-ups. 

Renowned for the welcome as warm as the turf fire that burns in the hearth, Friel's usually host a vibrant mix of both locals & tour groups who come together to enjoy the craic and music with live bands & traditional sessions set the scene where memories are made. They intend to get back to all this after Covid!

The award winning Restaurant in Friel's has recently undergone an elegant refurbishment with new dessert and coffee bar. The menu reflects the finest local produce with prominence placed on farm to fork. Friel’s outdoor eating areas are spread over three spaces, home to the Market Bar, BBQ stone fireplace, enclosed children’s areas & where dogs are welcome to relax in the shade.  The recent addition of the Friel’s Motorhome Park offers full amenities for camper vans.

Currently operating weekend take away menu, after the easing of localised restrictions they aim to return to daily operations 12pm - 8pm.

Friel’s Bar & Restaurant is now seeking a Head Chef, for immediate start, who is a strong team leader and can achieve great things alongside the existing hardworking team.  They want a Chef who can lead by example, is a reliable, responsible and trustworthy person, who is willing to treat the business like it is their own.

Duties to include:

- The ideal candidate will have experience in this role & possess a passion for sourcing local produce from local suppliers.

- Have the ability to create exciting new dishes telling our story through our food

- Assist owners in developing farm shop on site 

- Opportunity to expand lunch time offering

- Have a committed approach to the development of creative service in the kitchen

- Overall responsibility for the daily operations in the kitchen

- Strong communication & team motivational skills

- Assist with training new staff, also continue the ongoing training & development for existing team

- Meeting all KPI's such as, raising food GP%, maintaining labour costs, etc

- Costing all menu dishes & ensuring quality standards are met

- Stock management & ensuring they are kept to minimum levels

- Implementation of health & safety HACCP procedures in the kitchen

- The ability to work in a fast-paced kitchen environment

This role is a great opportunity for a Head Chef to make their mark on an established forward-thinking business, through the power of their creativity.

Start Date: Immediate Start

Salary: st£35,000 - st£40,000 

Hours per week: 45

Work Time: Flexible shifts

Term: Permanent Full Time

Accommodation: Can be sourced, if required

Application Method:

Email CV to 

Please state Head Chef in subject box 

Friel’s Web and Social Media Links:

Best of Success!

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