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Interview With Moher Cottage, Cliffs of Moher

Support Small Business

So its finally here the first in the our series, supporting small businesses. A drive we decided to start in 2022 to highlight and promote small businesses we have found on our travels. These travels have taken us from little places like Tamborine Mountain Australia to the back streets Hong Kong to the wild Atlantic Way and the Cliffs of Moher.

We love finding these small independent businessess when we are away, and we love giving back to the local communities and to do our bit to keep theses great businesses going.

And what a great start we have today, the fantastic Moher Cottage in Liscannor is just moments away from the legendary Cliffs of Moher. A little converted coffee and gift shop selling good quality Irish made gifts, great coffee and homemade fudge .

About Moher Cottage

We had intended to write a little about us section for Moher Cottage, however there website included this little clip on there business and what a great way to learn about the business seeing them in person.

With the introductions over its time to get on with the interview. Its at this point we would like to thank Kevin and Caitriona for there time and taking part.

Here we have the interview below.

The Questions

Background

1.Firstly tell us a bit about yourselves, your backgrounds?

We Kevin and Caitriona live and work in Liscannor on the Wild Atlantic Way beside the Cliffs of Moher. Kevin grew up here and is a 6th generation farmer and I, Caitriona, am orinally from Galway moving here in 2010 when Kevin and I met.

I used to work in a number of senior corporate roles that brought me around the world before deciding to say goodbye to that life and follow my entrepreneurial dream with Kevin and set up Moher Cottage nearly 5 years ago now

Catriona and Kevin Considine at Moher Cottage. Photograph by Eamon Ward

2..What prompted you to open Moher Cottage, when did you open?

The dream really was to work where we live , I spent years commuting to work and leaving this gorgeous corner of Co.Clare at sunrise and returning often in the dark. It began to take its toll and I realised I was missing out on a fabulous life and community here in lovely Liscannor.  

Now since the pandemic there are a lot more options here for remote working which is fabulous but those options were not really there for me back then so I knew if I wanted to make it happen I had to create a job for myself so that is where the idea stemmed from

3.The cottage itself is stunning, what was it like before transforming it?

Moher Cottage was previously two farm buildings, a cow cabin and a pigsty on our farm. The stone building was the cow cabin and  about 150 years old and the pigsty about 80 years old so they were as you can imagine fairly rustic J But the cows and pigs had the most amazing views which didn’t go unnoticed by us !

The two converted buildings at Moher Cottage

4.The view is worth it’s weight in gold. Was that part of the reason for the business?

The view was a big part of it as it’s a spectacular setting and there are very few spots on the entire Wild Atlantic Way to soak up a view like it while enjoying a coffee or a browse. From the beginning we wanted the outdoor terrace so visitors could slow down, take 5 and soak it all in. Especially visitors driving the Wild Atlantic Way and visiting the Cliffs of Moher, they really appreciate that time out just to be. The landscape around us really gives you that space to breathe and I find you really do get a renewed energy from taking the time to enjoy it.

We often see visitors come in for a coffee to go, or a browse and then when they see the terrace and the view they will decide to take a break here and enjoy the setting, we love that spur of the moment, change of mind to just relax here.

The view from the terrace at Moher Cottage

The Coffee Shop

5.Tell us about your fudge; flavours, where it is made?

We make our own fudge in store and also have lots of locally baked cakes , all a perfect sweet treat to enjoy with a lovely coffee

Every week the fudge flavours change so itd always a nice surprise to see what’s in. There’s plenty of choice too as we usually have 8/10 flavours in store

6.With the fudge in mind, I see you have national and international delivery. What is the shelf life on the product?

Yes we ship globally with our gifts too from our online store at: mohercottage.com – fudge is good for approx 6 / 8 weeks and is an ambient product so ships perfectly

7.The coffee was great; well textured, perfect temperature – was coffee always a passion of yours?.

Yes, I adore coffee and coffee shops. After years travelling all over the world for work I loved discovering the local independent coffee shops in whatever city I was working in. Having spent over a year working in Melbourne, I was spoiled for choice and really wanted to bring that same great experience to Co.Clare

The Shop

8.The shop is great and you have an incredible selection of unique gifts. I personally love the socks, but what’s your best seller?

Our Moher Cottage socks, made for us by Irish Socksciety in Galway, are a big favourite for sure and we get great feedback on our range of Irish made gifts. We are very proud to curate a unique contemporary range of gifts for both the local and visitor to the area.

We have huge admiration for all the talented designers and makers we have in store, a lot of them are women from all over rural Ireland so we love that we can support them. My own photography gifts also sell very well in store and online as is very local to here in north Clare so people appreciate it.

Pandemic

9.How have you negotiated a couple of tough years with lockdowns and restrictions?

It has been a challenging couple of years for everyone including those in business. We were fortunate to already have our online store before the pandemic so it was straightforward for us to continue operating online  when Ireland went into lockdown. Thankfully then being based in lovely Liscannor, when lockdowns were lifted Irish people were keen to visit the area from all over. Both locals and Irish people on their staycation were amazing to support us which we will always be grateful for.

10.With a hopeful light at the end of the tunnel for this pandemic, what’s the summer looking like for Moher Cottage?

We are so looking forward to this summer, hearing of many Irish people returning to visit us this summer but also so many visitors from overseas are telling me of their plans to get here this year so hopefully it will be a summer everyone can relax and really enjoy life and the best of summers vacations in Co.Clare

Finally

11. For you, what is the best thing about living on the Wild Atlantic Way and why should our readers make the trip West?

The best thing about living on the Wild Atlantic Way is the quality of life having such amazing scenery here on your doorstep with just a short stroll to the coast. The sometimes wild, but always fresh air by the coast, as we walk the dog at any time of the year, is my true happy place.

There is so much to do too, we live in a great community with sport, amazing music and arts surrounding us here in Liscannor. With surfing, hiking and sea swimming all around too, there really is something for everyone in the family.

Summary

I think you would agree Moher Cottage is a great small business, doing great things. We love seeing the Irish made gifts on the shelves and with the great coffee shop and homemade fudge they really represent a great Independent business.

Thanks for taking time to read below is all the business details and also there socials don’t forget to give them a follow and be certain to visit when in the Cliffs of Moher area.

Location

Located 5 minutes from the Cliffs Of Moher, in the area of Liscannor.

Moher Cottage Details

Address: St. Brigid’s Well, Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, Co. Clare

Website: mohercottage.com

Phone Number: +353 87 295 9096

Email: caitriona@mohercottage.com

Opening Hours

Closed for the off season January and February, however will return recharged in March to kick start the season.

In Season Monday to Sunday 10am 5pm

Follow There Socials

A few Other Noteworthy Businesses In The Area

We spent a fair few days in this area and found a few noteworthy small businesses which you might like, check them out below.

And Finally

Moher Cottage was a find whilst on a road trip from Roscommon to Doolin. A journey we took whilst visiting many place places along the way, you can find out all about it in our Cliffs of Moher post.

Sweet Beat Cafe, Sligo, Ireland

Sweet Beat Cafe

Insight

Sweet Beat Cafe is a vegan, plant based cafe with it’s own eco retail shop in the heart of Sligo town center.

A place we found by accident a few years back, and have since regularly visited.

The cafe was awarded the prestigious McKenna’s award in there best of Ireland guides, one of many awards for this award winning business has won.

Location

Located only moments from the center prescient of Sligo Town center

The Food

The food at Sweet Beat is always a hit my favourite has always been the Sweet Beat homemade beans with Sourdough and turmeric vehgan butter.

Equally such dishes like the Falafel Buddha bowl packed with goodness, featuring pickled cabbage, potato salad, turmeric and ginger grain salad, crunchy cucumber, fresh slaw and garlic yoghurt dressing.

buddha Bowl Sweet Beat

Daily soups are always hearty and full of flavour and can be had on there own or added as a side to other dishes.

Organic cacao peanut butter cookies and lemon slice ms grace the treat counter, with many more options also available.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days 9am to 5pm

Website

Sweet Beat Website

Address

Sweet Beat Cafe, Bridge Street, Sligo, Ireland, F91 XV96

Socials

And Lastly

Although not a vegan myself I very much enjoy a wholesome meal and these plant based dishes certainly hit the spot.

People have been known to come from far and wide to sample these delights. So much so the shop has even added its own merchandise with beanies, t shirts and sweaters available for purchase.

The cafe is also a perfect location for when visiting the Glencar Waterfall with only a short 15 minute drive between them, although the waterfall is classed as being in Leitrim the borders are close.

Another great find for our collection of cafes around the world, its certainly one we think highly of and rate it a one of the top.

Barefoot Barista, Palm Beach, Gold Coast

Barefoot Barista

Insight

One that’s been around a long time Barefoot Barista has survived the time and is still a leading cafe in the Gold Coast.

This cafe brings a funky industrial look with concrete walls, floor and black steel, giving Barefoot its unique look of modernisation and trendy.

The reputation of Barefoot has grown so much that they can now boast another two cafes on the Gold Coast in the suburbs of Mermaid Beach and Currumbin

Location

Located in the trendy Palm Beach suburb in the southern end of the Gold Coast. 10 minute drive to Coolongatta Airport and 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise.

The Food

The street wrap is a our favourite, featuring Halloumi, fried eggs, grilled sweet corn salsa, fresh herbs, avocado, spinach, house sweet chilli jam & aioli and a
sourdough wrap.

Another popular choice would be Karage Chicken Benny with siracha hollondaise.

For the health conscious a top choice would be Zucchini and Haloumi Fritters with pickled radish & grains, cashew beetroot cheese, tumeric dukkah, chilli & citrus dressing. Or another must is the Hotcakes with fresh fruit, toasted seeds & nuts,
Canadian maple & organic coconut ice cream.

Hotcakes

Counter sweet treats, accommodating those looking for a guilty pleasure or a healthy treat.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

5am to 4pm until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Website

Barefoot Barista

Address

15 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach, Gold Coast, QLD

Socials

Lastly

Barefoot Barista is a popular cafe on the Gold Coast and one that has won many of accolades. With that said it was an entry into our Best Cafes Gold Coast list. A well worthy entry and one we reckon will flourish for a long time.

BSKT Cafe, Nobby’s Beach, Gold Coast

BSKT Cafe

Insight

BSKT Cafe is one of the most popular, renowned and first health conscious cafes on the Gold Coast. It has been feeding the massives there nutritious treats from this beachside spot in Nobbys Beach since 2013.

More impressively BSKT also designed one of the first vegan, bio – fermented soft serve ice creams in the world, and its right there what gave BSKT not just a great name locally but internationally also.

Known for it’s food and coffee BSKT also has it’s own yoga studio above the cafe. And add to that one of the only cafes on the coast to have a children’s play area.

Location

Located on the beachfront at Nobby’s Beach about 400 meters from the main precient and next to the iconic Nobby’s Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

15 Minute Drive to the central Surfers Paradise and 25 minutes from the Gold Coast airport.

The Food

My two favourites would have to be, firstly and a crowd pleaser at that, the Navajo native breakfast with beans, fried eggs, avocado mash and house made flatbreads (these homemade beans on this are great) and you can’t go past there haloumi and egg burger with homemade relish.

Native Breakfast and Egg and Haloumi Burger

The Breaky salad is a great hit for with Spiced Chickpea and Tomato Hummus, Roast Pumpkin ,Spinach, Kale, Quinoa and Corn Tabouli

As stated BSKT really emphasizes a healthy life and such dishes like vegan, banana choc chip pancakes and the vegan granola bowl featuring coconut yoghurt (which is delicious on its own)

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days

6am to 3pm Saturday and Sundays until 4

Website

BSKT Website

Address

4 Lavarack Rd, Gold Coast QLD 4218

Socials

Lastly

Everyone who has lived on the Gold Coast knows of BSKT Nobby’s Beach. Its set in stone in the Gold Coast dining scene.

BSKT was an easy entry into our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list beating a lot of competition on the way.

Paddock Bakery, Gold Coast

Paddock Bakery

Paddock Bakery Insight

Paddock Bakery a small cafe / bakery that can boast a number just shy of 90,000 Instagram followers must be doing something right in the ever popular Gold Coast food scene.

A converted Queenslander building in a quiet back street in the suburb of Burleigh Heads, offers a perfect relaxed and homely feel. Built up from a derelict and overgrown site gives a great back story.

Location

Paddock Bakery is located in the suburb of Burleigh Heads on the southern end of the Gold Coast, tucked away just off the Gold Coast Highway, 5 min drive from the center of Burleigh Heads, and 20 minutes from the centre Surfers Paradise.

Paddock Bakery Menu

A wide selection of food graces the Paddock Bakery menu. With some favourites being there choice of bagels with smoked salmon and herb cream cheese or an open faced benedict bagel with choice of bagel, salmon or haloumi.

Or perhaps your after something a little different, then this twist on toad in the hole. Mini sourdough scotch loaves filled with fried eggs, bacon, avocado mash and chili sambal, we add chorizo for extra flavour. Not only is this a super hearty dish it’s super tasty as well.

Paddock really test the boundaries and my weakness to sweet things with a doughnut French Toast (yes you heard that right) cinnamon doughnut, filled with salted caramel and topped with spiced poached apple, chocolate and walnut crumble finished with vanilla bean ice cream. What could be better on the Paddock Bakery menu than this.

Doughnut French Toast

For the healthier conscious Acai fruit bowls and a quinoa bircher muesli are the go to items. The acai bowls are like little bowls of happiness, the great tasting variety and the enticing presentation make them a must.

Get to the till and your be indulged with a cabinet of baked goods to tempt yourself but be warned you may come back with more than one.

They can also boast great coffee with specialty roasts and blends, a great accompaniment to all the gorgeous treats and patisseries on show.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

6am to 3pm

Website

Paddock Website

Address

20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia

Socials

Lastly

Paddock is a multi award winning cafe and bakery, bringing not only locals but tourists and destination travelers from a far. With its unique feel and look it’s certainly a must visit spot. And to add to that the food and great coffee a must see venue.

Paddock was a must in our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list and one didn’t we miss out on.

Commune Cafe Burleigh Heads Gold Coast

Commune Cafe

Insight

One of the original occupiers of the trendy Gold Coast Café scene is Commune Cafe located in the trendy Burleigh Heads suburb.

With it’s Queenslander style building. The feeling of home oozes out of Commune and the garden with its mismatched furniture certainly emphasizes that. It like being served breakfast at your mates place.

The owners are big players in the Gold Coast dining scene with the ever popular Japanese restaurant Etsu Izakaya as another one of there businesses.

It’s certainly a destination cafe with locals and tourists visiting and one which holds a wide reputation.

Location

Commune Cafe located alongside the Gold Coast highway 2 minute drive from the the center of Burleigh Heads. And 25 minute drive to Surfers Paradise.

Tucked in a side road off the highway, but still clearly visible.

The Food

The simple things are done right at Commune the bacon and egg roll with added avocado is delicious and the bacon and eggs with homemade tomato relish is great (the relish makes it).

Bacon and Egg Roll

Simple is not all though take a look at the crab meat scramble egg or the tasty mushroom and haloumi burger. Even if your not a vegetarian this burger is to die for.

Acai Bowls add a great twist, a refreshing choice packed with fresh fruits and very pleasing on the eye.

A treat cabinet at the front rounds off a perfect morning indulgence and with the ever popular Campos coffee you wont find fault here.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days a week

6am to 3pm

Website

No website, Facebook is available

Socials

Address

1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh, Burleigh Heads, QLD, Australia 4220

Lastly

A big favourite in the cafe scene on the Gold Coast made tis cafe an easy option on our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list. And one im sure is on a lot more lists.

Bam Bam Bakehouse, Gold Coast

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Insight

Firstly with a name like Bam Bam Bakehouse we knew it would be unique. And unique it is as it offers something a little different to most cafes on the Gold Coast.

Not only a great café, but with the added flair of a artisan style bakery with all baked goods and treats hand crafted and there is certainly no stone un turned here.

Bam Bam has grown dramatically since its 2015 opening, With local duo Ben and Ursula Watts who were the original founders of Paddock Bakery, which they sold in 2017. They have since grown the business and have added its sister venues Custard Canteen at Tallebudgera Creek and Cubby Bakehouse in the northern NSW town of Chinderah. At each venue, you’ll find epic handcrafted pastries, great coffee by Byron Bay’s Marvell Street and a menu of simple food, done well.

Bam Bam Bakehouse Location

Located in Mermaid Beach just tucked away off the Gold Coast highway and in Mermaid Park lies Bam Bam Bakehouse.

2 minute drive to Broadbeach and 10 minute drive to Surfer Paradise. And in perfect walking distance to Pacific fair shopping centre.

The Food

Bam bam are known for there croissants which are all homemade. It happened to be a savory one that took our eye, pairing one of these with karage chicken, slaw and kewpie mayo it was a stroke of genius. The croissant are that good that even the eggs benedict comes on one.

Bam Bam Benedict

Sweetcorn fritters with chipotle and coriander crema or Indonesian egg nasi goreng are 2 that catch the eye as something different and definitely worth trying something new.

An organic Acai bowl with strawberry, blueberry, banana and house made granola for the healthy conscious.

And then there’s the bakery cookie dough slices, nutella cruffin, salted caramel éclair and not forgetting the croissants plain, almond or pain au chocolat. And many more to choose from.

Cookie Dough Slice

A great online bakery service is also available with your favourite treats sold by the box and available to pre order in advance.

Finer details

Opening Hours

7 Days

7am to 3pm

Website

Bam Bam Bakehouse Website

Socials

Address

2519 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, Australia

Lastly

Bam Bam is not only a top cafe and bakery itself, but also throughout Queensland and that’s why it made our Best Cafe Gold Coast List. It is also somewhere that celebrity food critic Matt Preston often visits when in town to try the superb range of pastries and treats.

It is well worth picking up a treat here even for take away and enjoying on one of the Gold Coasts many beaches.

Blackboard Cafe Varsity Lakes Gold Coast

Blackboard

Insight

With likes of Daark and Elk Espresso, Blackboard Varsity Lakes was one of the first trendy cafes to arrive on the Gold Coast.

Initially known for its coffee as being one the best around, Blackboard has develop into a great all round cafe known for its food and coffee. And the premises itself has grown to accommodate the business.

Although being a popular hang out for the local Bond University, Blackboard is as big as a destination venue with locals driving from all corners of the Gold Coast to visit.

Location

Blackboard is located in the trendy University suburb of Varsity Lakes.

20 minute drive from Surfers Paradise and 10 minutes from Robin Town centre and train station.

The Food

The food at blackboard Varsity Lakes certainly doesn’t disappoint. With our favourites being 16 hour beef brisket with corn bread and jalapeno hollandaise, or the potato hash with hollandiase and choice of toppings or the ever popular truffle scrambled eggs.

Breakfast rolls featuring pork belly is a neat change and glazed with maple is always a hit. Avocado mash with the added twists of spiced dukkah and house made lebnah. Its great to see popular dishes with modern twists.

Lighter options available are such as homemade granolas and fresh acai bowls give a fresh option.

The treat cabinet is just as fun with an ever changing selection of indulgent and healthy options. But the personal recommendations are the doughnuts.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days

6am to 3pm

Website

Blackboard Varsity website

Socials

Address

7/240 Varsity Parade
Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
Australia

Lastly

With Blackboard being of the most popular and best cafes on the Gold Coast it couldn’t be left off our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list.

With the cafe being slightly in land it’s a great stop on the way to Springbrook mountain and these two great day trips Purling Brook Falls and Natural Bridge. Fill the tummy up for a day of hiking.

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