Willow & Wild opened its doors on the 13th of September 2017, on the sunny side of Courthouse Square, Maynooth. Located in a lovingly restored, former 18th century residence, the cafe brings modern touches to a building that maintains its distinct village charm.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". -Steve Jobs
Willow & Wild's food is based on keeping things simple, with an emphasis on naturally nourishing ingredients, such as berries, wholegrain, lean meats, pickles and seasonal vegetables. You can find freshly baked goods, hearty soups and fresh healthy salads, along with melt in your mouth sandwiches served on our own stone baked sourdough bread. The ingredients and influences vary, but we will always buy local and organic when we can. Ethical and sustainable sourcing of food is something we, at Willow & Wild, feel strongly about.
Our owner and head baker Kate Luan Collins, who is a Celbridge native, decided to leave the manic world of retail management in 2013 and pursue her love of cooking and baking full time. First stop for Kate was Ballymaloe Cookery School, known the world over for producing the finest culinary talents of the future. Under the knowledgeable tutelage of Darina Allen, Rory O'Connell and Rachel Allen, Kate successfully gained her culinary certificate before joining the working staff at the school for the remainder of the year. After four more years honing her craft in the culinary industry, Willow & Wild is the realisation of Kate’s longtime dream of opening her own cafe.
Come in for breakfast or lunch, our menu will be small but tasty, with interesting, quality driven food, unique flavours and well sourced ingredients.
All our breads and cakes are baked in-house, including our own stone baked sourdough.
Our favourite mealtime, possibly because it doesn't happen everyday and so you feel you can treat yourself that little bit more.
Every weekend we ditch the mid week menu and focus on a unique brunch that will definitely feel like a treat.
Everybody needs a little bit of cake every now and again. From our morning muffins to our dangerously good carrot cake, there is something for everyone. After all, life is about balance.
Occasion cakes can be ordered for that special event.
Willow & Wild
No. 2 Courthouse Square
Food & Drink
Ireland is all about coffee these days. We took time and careful consideration to choose the right coffee for Willow & Wild. We are delighted to be working with the lovely, family run roasters of Bell Lane in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. We think you will agree it's deliciously addictive.
We don't think we could serve anything but Barry's Gold Blend loose leaf tea. It just wouldn't be very Irish of us if we didn't.
But fear not, you adventurous ones, we have a fabulous selection of herbal teas. Just ask to see our tea chest!
We have a small offering of soft drinks which include San Pellegrino, Elderflower Presse, Raspberry Lemonade and PIP Organic juices. Along with the fabulous Irish brewed Ko Kumbucha.
- Mix 150g of sugar with 250ml of water, dissolve then bring to the boil for 2mins and let cool.
-Juice 6 Lemons
-Combine, add a sprig of mint and some ice
- Add sparkling water to taste, approx 2 pints
Some pretty pictures and random thoughts...
"Adorning the walls of the cafe will be the stunning works of art by my beautiful and talented aunt, Kate Walsh. One of the very first decor decisions I made was that I would like to hang some of Kate's work on the walls. All the paintings are for sale, so do please take a good look when you're in." -Kate Luan Collins
A native of Bray, Co. Wicklow. Kate lives in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary. Kate studied in the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, graduating in 2003 with a first class honours Degree in Fine Art. Kate has extensively exhibited her work in group shows and has had several solo exhibitions.
She has completed the Arts and Empowerment Facilitation training course with Crawford College and has given workshops for the Junction Festival and the County Museum in Clonmel. She has taught art in Ogra Corcaí, a community youth project in Cork and in the National Training Network Clonmel.
An active member of Cork Printmakers since 2003, Kate has served on the board and taken part in various group shows.
My work to date has been mainly figurative. I also like to work on images drawn from the Irish landscape as well as taking inspiration from my love of international travel and world culture.
In my printmaking practice I primarily use etching, spitbite and photopolymer processes. I work directly from a combination of my own source material: drawings, paintings, life drawings and photography.