In the run up to the release of our 5th issue of FEAST: A Dinner Journal, our 3rd print edition, we are taking a look at some of the Irish food champions who have filled the pages of our previous issues.
The Pepper Pot was opened on 4 June 2010 by Marian Kilcoyne and Dervla James. It was the long-held dream of both to have their own place luckily they had plenty of experience to back up their dreams from Dervla’s degree in Baking and Pastry Arts to Marian’s Ballymaloe Certificate. The two became fast friends while working together and many nights were spent over pints planning and dreaming about their cafe.
They shared the same ethos and philosophies about good food, well made with real care and quality ingredients. But dreams have no currency at the bank and things were tight to start with so they foraged for second-hand ovens and upcycled old kitchen equipment, family and friends helped out for the princely reward of pear and bacon sandwiches. They opened their doors on a shoe string in what was once the home of the wealthy third Viscount Powerscourt and one of the grandest entertainers of the late eighteenth century.
In keeping with the history of the building they named their cafe after The Pepper Pot tower in the grounds of The Powerscourt’s country estate in Enniskerry. Everything in the cafe is made and baked daily on the premises, with locally sourced ingredients. They work hard to source from small, artisan Irish producers where possible and the proof is in their puddings, and cakes and jams and savouries.
The cafe is very much a reflection of their lives and philosophies which made their bread a natural choice for our FEAST. Recipe coming soon.
The Pepper Pot.