McKiernans Cafe

A little taste of Ireland

„Enjoy a truly unique dining experience located in the heart of Gescher’s Old Town. McKiernan’s Irish Cafe fuses German and Irish home-cooking to create the most wonderful medley of artisan baking and super nutritious soups. It’s a very special place, where the owners Ann and Dieter McKiernan-Bomer, serve up their own delicious sweet and savoury bakes, breads and cakes plus breakfasts and lunches in a warm, friendly, cosy atmosphere.

The Galway woman offers a gorgeous blend of Irish and German traditional flavours with fresh, modern, creative flourishes. Colourful, creamy, fruity cupcakes swathed with strawberry, vanilla, lemon and red velvet coatings are hugely poplar as is the majestic Chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream variation. Carrot cake, apple-tart and chocolate cake (Irish style) are also top sellers alongside windbeutels, apfelkuchen and rich, glistening Apfel kuchen with raspberries, “customers love it,” she exclaims of the berry addition. Chocolate beetroot brownies are also a hit. “I’m always trying out new ideas and enjoy our customer’s input,” says Ann, “hence the Speck und Käse, a twist on the classic Irish scone, Germans love cheese and bacon, so a new hybrid of scone was born.”

Breakfasts specialises in an imaginative choice of Irish brown soda bread, homemade marmalade, smoked salmon, cream cheese, cold meats , fluffy omelettes, and a variety of plain and fruit scones. Lunch is a classic-creamy, golden vegetable soup accompanied by fresh bread along with one of Ireland’s famous exports-its butter.

“I’ve been baking since I was nine years old and I have always loved it,” she says. Captivated by her grandmother’s baking in her country kitchen in Ireland, Ann cherishes the memories of baking together and still uses the original recipes and cookbooks today along with those of Dieter’s family. Family favourites that have also been passed through generations, the legacy, still relived in the busy cafe kitchens.
“Gesher found me,” says Ann, “I always dreamed of having my own business and moving to Germany from the west of Ireland, has helped me realise a lifelong ambition. The west of Ireland woman and her husband, Dieter Bomer relocated to his home town of Gesher in 2014. The couple are thrilled with instantaneous success of the innovative, vibrant, venture supported by “good will and support” of the people since the cafe opened its doors in Autumn 2015.

A talented artist with a grounding in interior design, stain glass, DIY, photography and upholstery. And McKiernan’s Irish Cafe reflects her flair for design and detail. Ann has taken great care and attention into refurbishing the space. She has lovingly hand-painted the antique, farmhouse tables she discovered in the local area. There are freshly cut flowers, soft lighting and comfy sofas. The aroma of the deluxe Hesselink coffee with books and magazines laid out to browse all create a relaxed, comfortable and friendly ambience. With a nod to the Emerald Isle, Ann chose green as the key colour- “almost forty, fresh and clean shades of green,” she laughs.

“My customers tell me, ‘It’s like stepping into my home, the cafe is so welcoming’, and that is what I strive for. Baking is my passion and I love it when people enjoy the experience.” Céad míle fáilte. That’s what makes McKiernan’s Irish Cafe so unique- A hundred thousand welcomes and wonderful food“

Kindly written by my good friend Una McCrory.