There is a really funky sense of style about The Pantry, Portlaoise’s great success story. Ever since Ladonna and Mark got the doors open on Market Square, six years ago, they have simply powered ahead, getting better, gaining confidence, organically creating one of the significant Midlands don’t-miss! destinations. The fact that The Pantry was the very first address to receive the Laois Taste Supporter award shows their determination to build the foundation of The Pantry’s food offer from the ground up, and the trueness and honesty of their cooking and baking has gotten better every week. The cooking is tasty, meticulous and scrummy, offering just exactly what you felt like eating right through from breakfast time, and many food lovers will walk a country mile to enjoy the sweet baking, in particular. And somehow, amidst the countless cups of perfect 3fe coffee and the legions of lunches and snacks, they have found the time to open their walled garden terrace, and also to beget another treasure in Portlaoise, in the shape of the funky, stylish Nook & Cranny, an ace gift and craft shop. A Midlands jewel, for sure.