Recently my part-time job has taken me up to and back down from a spot just outside Drogheda more times than a lift in a high-rise office block yo-yo’s between floors on a busy day. By the by, in case you don’t know, Drogheda is a port town situated roughly fifty-five kilometres north of Dublin.
I had heard lots of good things about the Brown Hound Bakery, a bakery cum café, that’s located a short hop from the town in the Bryanstown Shopping Centre. So given that I was semi-regularly close by it was a place I was bound to visit.
And I did a few weeks ago. As I turned off the main road and approached the distinctly lacking in dazzle Bryanstown Centre I did wonder could this really be the place where I would find a fabled bakery and café. Moreover tethered as I am to the notion of drinking good coffee in pleasant surroundings I doubted that would that be an option here.
Oh me of little faith! Once through the door I was in an alternative and delightfully different universe. The Brown Hound Bakery is cool, quirky, and eclectic. The decor is a mix of: white tiles; lots of panelling mainly painted an inky blue; concrete flooring; and frameless glass. Added to that mix are: dark wooden vintage table and chairs; a cool contemporary chandelier made from glass bottles; and two seriously gorgeous green leather armchairs. There are multiple representations of hounds – pictures and statues: the Brown Hound is named after the owners’ (Jeni Glasgow and Keuven Diaz) rescue dog, Izy.
All in all the Brown Hound is an aesthetically pleasing layered space with lots to catch the eye including some careful put together charming display vignettes.
On my visit I sampled a berry scone and a latte. The berries in question were red currants and as I bit into the scone my taste buds experienced just the right balance between sugar and sharpness. My coffee wasn’t sublime but it was good.
I bought some things to take-away: a brown loaf which was truly good; a cake which was delicious; and a bottle of extra virgin olive which I have yet to try.
The Brown hound seems to major on cakes (which were difficult to photograph through their glass surround) and baked goodies although I did spy some sandwiches on sale. It’s a spot I would be happy to return to again and again: if I lived nearby I suspect I would haunt the place. I imagine it’s a go-to spot for locals and for anyone, living within a reasonable driving distance, searching for a made to order cake for a special occasion.