In the busy market-town of “Skibb” (in the Irish language, the name means “harbour for little boats”) you will find the Kalbos Cafe and husband and wife team Siobhan and Anthony, serving up breakfasts and brunch made with local produce in a simple yet chic space.
Kalbo’s Café is a lively café situated on North St. Skibbereen, West Cork. Siobhan and Anthony have been at the helm for 12 years where Siobhan is chef making the most of the wealth of the very best of fresh and artisan West Cork produce.
Anthony is an organic grower with a smallholding nearby. He grows many seasonal vegetables for the café, including perky salad leaves and courgettes in spring and summer and squash and root vegetables in autumn and winter, and always a good selection of fresh herbs. Suppliers here also include fellow Good Food Ireland Members Gubbeen Smokehouse, Glenilen Dairy Products, Cashel Blueand Ardsallagh Goats Cheese from the other side of the county. Beef comes from Skibereen’s local butchers. And since the sea is only a ten-minute drive away, fish and shellfish is as fresh as it could be.
In the daytime, Kalbo’s hops with a busy clientele. Lunch is a relaxed affair, with a menu consisting of gourmet sandwiches like Irish Steak with Caramelised Red Onion, rocket and horseradish mayo or Crispy Gubbeen Smoked Bacon with West Cork Cheddar, Onion Relish and Semi Sundried Tomatoes, both served on ciabatta. Soup is always on the menu, and could include Anthony’s Courgette or wonderfully heady Pumpkin depending on season. More substantial dishes include Warm Ardsallagh Goat’s Cheese with toasted pecans, dried cranberries and mixed leaves, or a Penne with Irish Chicken and Spinach in Tomato and Basil sauce. Afternoon Tea here is a delight – with a choice of homebaked cakes, brownies and desserts, on display in the cabinet at the counter, and crooking a beckoning finger of temptation.