“The core business for us is repeat customers”, wrote Gary Stafford in his smashing and hugely successful book, “Lyons Café: The Recipes.”
Mr Stafford goes on to say that: “It's the key to keeping us driven, because we have to keep our loyal regulars satisfied.”
Just trying to keep the customer satisfied, satisfied. Mr Stafford and his team do just that, every day, in this pretty, comfortable room in the centre of Sligo town. Gary Stafford knows his food as well as he knows his customers. He understands exactly what good cooking requires, he orchestrates the flavours of his dishes, he shepherds them and fusses over them, until they are as good as they can be.
The result for the devoted customers in Lyons Café is delicious, authentic food, food with trueness and goodness, food that zings with health and energy. We have compared Mr Stafford's work with the cooking at the legendary Avoca cafés, and that's not just the self-service set-up that the places share: it's more a comparison of people trying so, so hard to be their best, to do their best, and to do it day in, day out. Like Avoca, Lyons Café has a bright, cheery atmosphere, the sound of happy customers enjoying today's vegetable tagine, or a steak and cheese sandwich, or a proper burger with couscous. “Everything made for taste” we noted in our notebook on one visit, and it's a line that would make a good slogan: Lyons Café – Made For Taste. The staff, of course, are simply top notch.
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