Casual, good value and heartwarming, this is the perfect outdoor cafe

If you’re looking for a day trip from Dublin, with brunch or pizza, this is the destination

Laura McEvoy and Stephanie Myerscough outside Grangecon Kitchen, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Laura McEvoy and Stephanie Myerscough outside Grangecon Kitchen, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When the sun shines, and I’m invoking the help of a certain nipper from Prague here, we all have the same idea. We head for the usual places – coast, parks and hills – and you spend hours sitting in traffic with an Audi Q7 a millimetre behind your bumper while your blood pressure soars.

Well, I’ve discovered the quieter and lesser known roads of west Wicklow, all lush green countryside with meadowsweet wafting in the air. I had never heard of Grangecon until an Irish Times reader, Susan Cullinane, suggested I check out her local cafe. So, the next time the sun peeped out, I headed off, and was so captivated by Grangecon Kitchen, her local cafe, that I’ve returned a few times since.

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