Olive Delicatessen & Cafe
Deirdre & Peter Dorrity
86A Strand Street, Skerries,
Telephone: +353 (0)1 8490310
Every time I visit the Olive Delicatessen and Café on Strand Street in the north Dublin seaside town of Skerries I think of how my mother would have enjoyed it. Like many ...
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In the center of Skerries town on Strand Street.
Good to know
8.30am - 6pm 7 days
Later in High Summer - check.
Casual Cafe Deli Irish & Continental Produce.
Heated covered patio area for outside dining.
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About The Restaurant
Every time I visit the Olive Delicatessen and Café on Strand Street in the north Dublin seaside town of Skerries I think of how my mother would have enjoyed it. Like many Dubliners of my generation we always took a house in Skerries for a month during the summer, indeed on one or two occasions on Strand Street itself. There weren’t any such things as cafes – it was either pubs or the local fish and chip shop at the top of the north beach – and there wasn’t anywhere to buy groceries apart from the very basics of bread and butter.
Deirdre and Peter Dorrity have created the most delightful ambiance in their delicious shop and café. Here you can not only buy all the joys of continental foods which are now part of the Irish staple diet but you can sit down and enjoy them too. You walk through the door and are met with a waft of exotic foodie aromas that transport you all over the world. They have a tremendous range of Artisan produce including homemade soups, salads, cous-cous, hummus, dips, an abundance of the eponymous olives in bowls on a table just inside the door, Greek salad with Feta cheese, rice, beans, pasta salads, charcuterie from Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, a myriad of cheeses, and a wide selection of wines and wonderful olive oils. Their amazing range of cheeses are seasonal and come from small Irish, France, Spanish and Italian artisan suppliers - these are selected specially for them by Sheridan's the Cheesemongers. They also do lovely French style patisseries - yum. Deirdre encourages customers to try everything so don't be afraid to ask for a taste of this or that. There are jars and containers of exotic vegetables, sauces, conserves. They do really good coffee and scones, artisan breads, muffins, panini filled with Parma ham, fresh mozzarella, and sunblushed tomatoes served on a simple wooden board, and other delicious casual foods, in fact their range of unusual sandwiches and combinations of same, are legendary, so you can sit outside with a glass of lovely wine or a cup of Paolombini coffee direct from Italy and come to the conclusion that you are far better off enjoying yourself in Skerries rather than Sicily!
Last year, my friend Carmel and I went up to Skerries to visit a restaurant but we decided to go early in the day and have a good look around and indulge in a bit of nostalgia. I live in Monkstown on the other side of the Bay but with the tunnel and new motorway we found ourselves in Skerries in under an hour. Our first port of call was to Olive for a brace of Mochas and scones with jam. That consumed and feeling civilised again, we loaded up with Parma ham, a couple of salads, goats cheese, fruit juices, crusty breads, a bottle of Sancerre, which we thoroughly enjoyed later sitting out at a point overlooking Lambay Island and watching the amazing number of birds in flight.
Make Olive your first port of call in Skerries – it’s a great day out too.
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