The Wildflower Café is located in the Ratoath garden centre. It iis situated to the left of the shop but very much with it’s own identity. High ceilings, wooden floors and light wood tables and chairs that have been hand painted create a homely and comfy feel.
Lisa Quinlan and her sister Amy opened the cafe a year ago, and this is their dream realised. A country dresser Lisa brought from home and paintings from local artists fill the walls and give that relaxed feeling the girls wanted to achieve. Double doors to the rear of the restaurant lead to an open terrace overlooking the gardens, the perfect spot on a summer afternoon to enjoy the award winning displays in the garden centre.
Head chef Alan has personally created all the menus and in only the first year Wildflower Cafe has already built a strong following with their honest food and friendly service.
There is a breakfast/brunch menu which is served 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday and all day through weekends and bank holidays, with prices running from €3.95 for a breakfast smoothie to €11.00 for the full Irish. Lunch kicks in at 12noon daily and with most dishes coming in inder a tenner there’s great value to be had.
On our recent visit I had a lovely piece of salmon, simply cooked with lemon and served with crunchy asparagus and a selection of salads including my favourite of chunky homemade potato salad. The salmon was cooked perfectly and was a light tasty lunch. My mum with the lasagne and fries which she said was delicious, and she managed to finish it all.
I then succumbed to the rhubarb, meringue and custard tartlet which was delicious and finished off with a good latte.
The Wildflower Café does exactly what they set out to do, good food in a great setting. Every Wednesday afternoon at 3pm there is a guided tour of the gardens followed by afternoon tea in the café and at only €15 I can’t think of a nicer way of passing an afternoon.