If you are visiting Loughrea and want to experience Irish hospitality and local fayre at its best, then The Hungry Bookworm is the place to do it. If you are a literary enthusiast or just like a good read, then you should also visit. This quaint back road café/tapas restaurant/book shop is just delightful.
The day I visited it was damp, dreary and dark outside but entering this enchanting place was like being wrapped in a warm blanket. The traditional wood furniture upholstered in hues of orange and red, interspersed with soft twinkly fairy lights, make the place warm and inviting. The perfect place to curl up with a coffee and read a good book. And there are plenty to chose from, both coffee and books! The books that line the walls match The Hungry Bookworm’s character – full of variety. Both walls have shelves stacked to the ceiling, full of well thumbed books in almost every genre.
On a wet mid week morning, mums free from their children or old friends catching up, seemed to be the clientele. The owner greeted us warmly and offered us the breakfast menu, which was plentiful (including gluten free) and really reasonably priced. I also had the feeling that if you wanted something off menu, nothing would be too much trouble. She also told us about the “scone of the day” (does it get any better??) which was Apple + Vanilla. This was in addition to the basket full of fresh scones they offer daily anyway, which included Lemon, Cinnamon + Raisin, Spinach + Feta, Black Pudding + Apple or Chorizo, Red Onion + Tomato. YUM! However, as soon as I read the breakfast menu – all of which looked delicious – I knew I would plump for the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. And plump they were, light and fluffy with deliciously crispy bacon and lashings of warm maple syrup. My sister had the scrambled egg and chive toast and you could smell the fresh chives as it was placed in front of us. With delicious coffee to accompany, I could quite happily have lost a few hours in this brilliant place.