Ann McDonalds Cafe is at the back of her deli and general store, while upstairs the Upper Deck hosts private parties and functions. The cafe is open from breakfast each day, and hosts a busy lunch trade. Tucked up a wooden staircase, is the Upper Deck, and this arty space adds a modern dimension
The Upper Deck Café is located at 8 Mary Street in the business owned and run by Ann McDonald since the early nineties. This is a very popular and charming spot in the town, popular with locals and it gets its fair share of visitors through word of mouth recommendations.
Breakfast is served daily up until noon, and then it’s into the busy lunch period when there is a wide range of sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as hot specials like rib eye steak, fish of the day or homemade bacon and cabbage.
During the summer and up until around 8pm you can also enjoy an early bite and a glass of wine, off a smaller menu of specials which changes regularly but keeps to the philosophy of home cooking using local produce.
A recent trip to New Ross saw me enjoy a simple, nicely presented smoked chicken salad, which was light and tasty, and as healthy as possible. There is a range of speciality teas, and an Earl Grey was just the ticket.
Ann’s homespun cafe is nice place for an informal bite and to meet up with friends for lunch or just a coffee. This is not about high end dining, just good, honest food cooked and served in a friendly and informal setting. We like it.