Barrons Coffee House & Bakery

4 Cook Street, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford

Meet Esther And Joe, baking bread for West Waterford as the Barron family have done for generations before

Open: Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5.30pm

Tours: Each Tuesday afternoon at 3:30pm. Cost €5 (book in advance by phone)

Contact: 058 54045

The Story

130 years since its establishment and Barron’s Bakery in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford has continued its evolution resolutely under the helm of third generation baker, Esther Barron and her husband Joe Prendergast.

The bakery has been at the heart of Cappoquin since the 1800’s and in 1980 Esther inherited the family business when it was left to her by her father Joe Barron.

As a student during her professional training, Esther worked in a coffee shop in Killarney and later as a manager in a bustling café in Cork city. It was during this time, Esther realised that a coffee shop combined with the family bakery would enhance the offering and offer something unprecedented to the town of Cappoquin.  In 1983, Esther opened the town’s first coffee shop and further developed the confectionery side of the business.

Esther’s vision for the bakery and coffee shop was to create a warm and inviting setting where quality, tasty and nutritious bread was served with a bowl of home-made soup, the perfect accompaniment to Barrons Bread.

“Nothing satisfies like a bowl of fresh warming homemade soup served with crusty well baked bread or a real sandwich with a tasty filling on good bread.”

The combined offerings proved a huge hit with not just with the local community, but with visitors from near and far.  Today the refurbished coffee shop seats fifty and the bakery produces a wide range of bread products, all baked fresh on a daily basis in the original Scotch brick ovens – the oldest such working ovens in Ireland.

From cobs, seed loaves, turnover, soda breads, bracks, spelt and sourdough loaves and Waterford’s very own PGI bread product, the blaa, the range from the bakery is as extensive as ever.

Esther is an advocate of healthy eating, with the goal of Barron’s Bakery being to continue to produce healthy, nutritious and natural bread.  Only the finest flour and yeast are used, with no additives or preservatives.  It is the same principle that Esther applies to the coffee shop, as fresh, locally sourced and in season ingredients are the mainstay of the coffee shops menu options, made fresh from scratch every day.

Mass produced additive laden breads were for too long a threat to small bakeries.  In recognising this Esther was determined to continue the tradition of giving Barron’s customers a fresh, natural alternative.  This combined with the public’s renewed interest in good fresh food and the willingness to support local artisan producers has ensured Barron’s continues to go from strength to strength.

Barron’s Bakery is an integral part of the Waterford Blaa Bakers’ Association which successfully assured Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for the Waterford Blaa in 2013.

This prestigious designation means that the Waterford Blaa now claims its place among the ranks of internationally renowned products such as Italy’s Parma Ham, France’s Camembert de Normandie Cheese and Greece’s Kalamata Olive Oil.

Guided by the enthusiastic leadership and foresight of Esther and Joe, Barron’s Bakery has flourished and is hugely interweaved into Cappoquin’s and Co. Waterford’s community fabric.

The support of local customers, retailers and food writers has assured the future of the business will continue to flourish.

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August 2019

Tour Barrons Bakery

August 20, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until March 17, 2020

Barrons Bakery & Coffee Shop, Cappoquin
Dungarvan, Waterford Ireland
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Tour this beautiful bakery, and see those famous Scotch Brick ovens – one of the oldest in Ireland still baking their bread each day. Tours take place 3:30pm each Tuesday afternoon – please do book in advance so as not to be disappointed.  Call the bakery on 058 54045 book!

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Dungarvan Farmers Market

August 22, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating until December 19, 2019

Grattan Square, Dungarvan, Grattan Square
Dungarvan, Waterford Ireland
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Come and meet the producers every Thursday in this traditional market square.  Buy your fresh bread, fish, eggs and cheese, or enjoy some contemporary food for now. Come and chat to some of our members here including Barrons, Early Bird Eggs, Mezze, Comeragh Mountain Poultry, Knockalara Cheese Bicycle parking available.  Ideal lunchstop following your Waterford Greenway cycle.

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September 2019

Bus Bia bus tour meet the makers in Waterford

Bus Bia – visit the Waterford makers

September 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 27, 2019

Meagher Quay, Meaghar Quay
Waterford, Waterford Ireland
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Hop on a bus and visit some of the food and drink makers of Waterford.  This food trail will bring you to meet the people who make so many things from beer to gin, blaas and breads, cheese or ice cream, there's a whole host of makers right here in Waterford. Take the opportunity to hop on a bus, either in Waterford city or Dungarvan town.  Each Wednesday the bus will bring you to 3 of our makers here in…

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Waterford Harvest Festival

September 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Apple Market, 6 John Street,
Waterford, Waterford X91 NT78 Ireland
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Eleven years on, Waterford Harvest Festival is set, once again, to shine the spotlight on the people who make good food great! From the humble blaa to the food from our fields, mountains and waters there’s something for every taste at the Waterford Harvest Festival. A staple on the nation’s culinary calendar, Waterford Harvest Festival, will fill the streets of Ireland’s oldest city with a banquet of inviting sights and aromas as the Waterford Harvest Festival returns to the city…

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