June 11th, 2013
Niamh’s Café in Clonmel, Co Tipperary has won a competition to find the home of Ireland’s best scone, as voted by the general public via social media and an expert judging panel.
Created by Goodall’s of Ireland this was the second year of the competition, which attracted thousands of votes online.
Niamh’s Café was established by sisters Niamh and Paula Dwan 23 years ago in Clonmel town and has grown to employ 24 people and house a 55-seater café with takeout deli known for its homemade food. It submitted its most popular scone – pear and almond – for judging.
In June, nominations were received from hundreds of people via twitter and facebook, and last week, the public voted for its favourite scone from the list of ten finalists.
The panel of judges included Paul Kelly, executive pastry chef at The Merrion Hotel, Richie Fenner, proprietor of Caffé Formenti – winner of Goodall’s Best Scone 2012 – and one of Ireland’ s leading baking bloggers, Rosanne Hewitt from www.LikeMamUsedToBake.com.
Fenner said of the winning scones: “They had a lovely flavour, with a perfect texture and were finished with a delicate almond crunch. As well as offering the traditional fruit scones, Niamh’s Café has managed to create a demand for more niche flavours – delivering a twist on the traditional.
“In 2012, winning Ireland’s Best Scone certainly helped to drive new customers to my business and in fact, this week I’m hosting 60 American tourists for tea and scones on the back of the 2012 title.
Check out the winning scone recipe here