About The Pantry

The Pantry is located in beautiful West Clare, in the south West of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way.

From casual café dining to the grab and go deli counter to gourmet brunches, there’s a dining experience to suit all of our customers at The Pantry. Established in 1982, by home economics teacher Imelda Bourke, ‘The Pantry Café, Deli and Cookery School’ in Kilkee has since earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s best food emporiums.

‘The Pantry’ is a celebration of good food, and each day our customers can enjoy the best quality wholesome and fresh homemade gourmet dishes in a family friendly atmosphere. Inspiring a happy, healthy and homemade lifestyle, we continue to support a network of passionate producers, who help us serve the best local and seasonal produce.

Over the years we have become well-known for our delicious dishes, and our team of talented bakers rise before 5am daily to freshly prepare these old favourites, as well as newer delicacies such as our famous carrot cake, fish pies, salads and fresh salmon.

The Pantry’s formula is, we like to do things the traditional way.

Where the Pantry Name Came From

Meet the Founder

Imelda Bourke

Home Economics was Imelda’s first choice and this is what gave her the drive to go on and launch ‘The Pantry’ back in 1982. What started as a little hobbie, or so she thought, has now developed into one of the best restaurants in Co. Clare and across Ireland. Built around the ethos of making everything from scratch, today she tributes the success of The Pantry to her traditional methods, famous recipes and quality ingredients. She boasts that there are no artificial flavours, no colourings, no preservatives, everything is made the old fashioned way, and this is what people want.

I learned everything my mother really, she had pride, she loved good food. My mother had the great principles of food and that’s what gave it to me, I am very like her, I am hard working and I enjoy food the same as what she did.

Everything is made fresh, wholesome, like mammy used to make, like my nana used to make and that’s what people want

Keen to transfer her culinary skills,Imelda’s next step was to launch her famous ‘Cookery School’ and today this continues to run every season where she offers a diverse range of short courses, including cookery courses for beginners to cookery classes for the already experienced chefs in the kitchen. Imelda has been in business nearly 40 years, and like-wise some of her fellow employees who started with her on day one. The Pantry is built on experience, hard-work and traditional methods, and today everything remains to the same high standards that she started with in 1982. Here is to another 40 years of homemade goodness.


Our Mission

Our mission and commitment is to provide wholesome, home made and fresh food daily with quality ingredients, using traditional methods and trusted recipes.


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