Christmas 2017 A Time for Family

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Christmas Time For Family

Christmas is all about family. As you are our Halo Café family we thought we would let you know about our plans for this year.

Closing Date

We are closing for Christmas on Saturday 23rd December at 5pm.

That means we are not opening on Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December. Because we don’t open on Sundays. So we won’t be open. And we won’t be open on the 25th or the 26th because we don’t open on bank holidays. Can you see a pattern developing here?

Helpline

We are aware that this may have a deep psychological and emotional effect on some of you. A helpline will be set up to help you talk through any issues you may be experiencing.

Please share with your friends, family and neighbours that may not be online.

Brown Bread for Christmas

We will be baking all day on Saturday 23rd December. If you need our homemade brown bread for your celebration dinner, please let us know. You can collect your bread right up until 6pm.

Once your bread has cooled down, wrap in cling film and enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Serving Suggestions

Lightly toasting under the grill accentuates the malty flavour. With real butter and scrambled eggs – perfect.

If smoked salmon is your starter of choice be sure to add a tub of cream cheese to your shopping list. Add a thick layer of cream cheese and slices of smoked salmon. Depending on your preference you can garnish with dill herb or capers.

If soup is your thing you just need bread with lashings of real butter. Job done.

Stephen’s Day or Stephenses Day or Boxing Day or the day after the night before . . . Cold cuts, ballymaloe relish, cheeses, brown bread. If you’re into pâté slap a thick layer on brown bread.

 

Opening times closing times Christmas 2017
Christmas 2017

Thank you.

Celbridge The Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East – Tourist Information

Information for a tourist visiting Celbridge

There are only two vital pieces of Celbridge tourist information that you need when visiting The Gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East.

Celbridge tourist information - the gateway to Ireland's Ancient East
Tourist Information in Celbridge

The first item that you really need to know about when visiting Celbridge is where to find refreshment. Halo Café is located just off the Maynooth Road right beside the front door of Tesco. Established in 2009 it has a history of mildly amusing blackboard signs and providing great homemade food and fantastic scones.

Parking in Celbridge

Please be aware that parking in Celbridge can be expensive if you ignore the obscure signs, odd timings and efficient traffic wardens.

The simple alternative is to park beside Halo Café. You are then free to pick up a picnic and explore the Celbridge tourist trail at your leisure.

Celbridge tourist trail and Arthur’s Way

You may like to follow this link to a Walking Tour of Celbridge. It features some of the places of historical interest in Celbridge.

Arthur’s Way is a longer trail that may require some extra planning. It is 16km in length and is probably best carried out by bicycle.

Picnic time

If you are planning a visit to Celbridge we are more than happy to arrange picnics for your party. Please call us on 0035316276686. 

If you wish to use Halo Café as a meeting place after your tour you are most welcome. We have real Italian coffee and homemade scones.

Meeting Point

We have found, over the years, that Celbridge is an ideal meeting point for tourists. Fly into Dublin Airport, pick up your hire car, and head to Celbridge.

We recently hosted a breakfast where friends from New York, Florida, Birmingham (the English one) all met up in Halo. The were heading off to Mayo to a rented holiday home.

We are in a really handy location. You can get your breakfast at Halo Café. Pick up sunscreen and insect repellent at Walsh’s Pharmacy and a rain jacket in Tesco.

If you are heading to The Wild Atlantic Way you will need these items for sure. Experiencing four seasons in one day is a definite possibility.

Enjoy your stay in Ireland and keep following Halo Café for travel advice, pearls of wisdom and general lunacy .  .  .

For a full look at what to do, where to stay and where to eat in Celbridge click on this link for Discover Celbridge

Resolution month is over. Get on with breakfast and February.

New year’s resolution? Did it work?

If you made a resolution this year you should be well over that by now. That is, if you even succeeded in keeping it more than a few days.

Remember the birthday party you had to go to on the second day of January? The leaving party drinks you had after work one day. That Christening where everyone had to raise a glass to the sleeping babe and the glowing parents.

Resolution at Halo Cafe beside Tesco Celbridge
January

So if it really was “Dry January”, congratulations. If you took our advice and walked that extra mile, then even better, well done. You’re looking shocking well.

It is now back to reality. Well sort of. There is the little subject of Valentine’s Day coming up. Spring is in the air and there’s nothing half so sweet in life as love’s young dream.

First Dates Café

Halo Café has quite often been the location of first dates. There are no airs and graces here. You can be sure of a friendly welcome and there are no long words on the menu.

There are plenty of choices on the menu but you won’t find oysters or asparagus. We have plenty of chocolate treats available if you are looking for an aphrodisiac.

How do you like your eggs?

If you can’t decide what to have then the answer is simple. Breakfast is the food of love. Just make sure you tell us how you like your eggs, your toast and your coffee.

Halo Cafe beside Tesco Celbridge
February

If you are planning a romantic get together at Halo Café there is no need to worry about embarrassing silences. We have a scrolling collection of our blackboard signs that will keep you amused and give you some talking points.

And if you are keeping up with the walking there is no better place than a stroll along the Liffey and Castletown House. Get out there and enjoy the walks, the fresh air and the scenery.

Grammar Police called to Celbridge Cafe

Fun with grammar and coffee

Grammar halo cafe celbridge funny signs blackboards chalkboards
Quality coffee off beat grammar

Words don’t come easy

If you walk past Halo Café you can read some funny signs on most days of the week. This one is in celebration of the awful spelling and grammar that can be seen on Facebook. Enjoy the fun spellings, smile and walk on by.

Only last week someone pointed out an incorrect spelling. Only thing is, it was deliberate, done on purpose . . . Just to mess with your head, just a little bit.

Our Quality Coffee

Our coffee is roasted in Italy where espresso was invented. We discovered Mokaflor 8 years ago and enjoyed the smokey flavour and rich crema of the espresso. When milk is added to create your preferred beverage it’s coffee perfection.

So now you know that Coca Cola had it wrong all these years:

Have a Coffee and a Smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown Bread for Christmas

Homemade Brown Bread from Halo Café in Celbridge

Homemade brown bread from Halo Café. Perfect with smoked salmon, soup, or slathered with jam to go with a steaming mug of tea.

Now taking bookings for your Christmas Loaf for collection before 5pm on Saturday 23rd December.

We are closed on Christmas Eve.

 

Bakering Bread

We will be Bakering from early on Saturday morning due to the Huuuuuge number of loaves that you need for your Christmas table. So book early with your name, phone number and required collection time.

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Homemade brown bread with smoked salmon is Irish luxury

Homemade brown bread recipe from Castletown House Celbridge

Halo Cafe Homemade Brown Bread

We bake our homemade brown bread fresh everyday and is available to buy or you can order in advance.

The recipe is based on one that was used in Castletown House in Celbridge. Over the first few years of Halo Café we would make a couple of loaves everyday to accompany our homemade soup. We tested and tasted the recipe and made a few changes including adding pumpkin seeds for a bit of extra crunch.

Once people had tasted the bread they started asking if they could buy a loaf to take away. This grew and grew and so we now have a regular group of customers who call in for their daily loaf.

Every Christmas Eve we prepare 10 times the number of loaves. Our customers can enjoy a slice of with their soup of smoked salmon on Christmas Day.

When we provide soup and sandwiches for our catering events the brown bread is always a popular addition. It also appears on our canapé selection.