Friday, 20 November 2015

The Happiest Café in Ireland: The Happy Pear, Greystones

The Happy Pear

So last Sunday Mr. FFID and I decided to walk from Bray to Greystones, with the plan of rewarding ourselves with food afterwards. To be honest the little glutton inside me would have gone for pizza from Gaillot and Gray but it wasn't opened yet so we decided to go to The Happy Pear for our first visit ever.

The Happy Pear

Now to tell you the truth, except from breakfast I don't eat very healthy and I tend to cringe when people try to convert others to a super healthy lifestyle. That's said I've always admired what David and Stephen Flynn, the twins behind The Happy Pear have built, a real healthy food empire and community. I mean come on, two good looking guys who constantly smile, make Irish people eat healthy, do videos on Jamie Oliver's Food Tube, wrote a cookbook and never seem tired or in a bad mood, that's pretty inspiring stuff.

The Happy Pear

I've passed by The Happy Pear on a many a Sunday and it's always packed. We had to queue to order food and even though it was a little chaotic with people all over the place the staff seemed very much in control. There was a choice of healthy breakfast options, pitta, salads, soups and two mains, there was also a display of homemade healthy treats.

The Happy Pear

After getting our food we went upstairs where the room was packed. We both had a main course with a salad for €9.95 each. The main was a 'Normandy bake', a substantial vegetable gratin with leeks, potatoes, butter beans and a creamy sauce, very comforting and heart-warming after a long November walk.

The Happy Pear

My salad had carrots, spinach leaves, mung beans and a delicious dressing that I think had sesame oil in it. Mr. FFID's salad had lots of crunchy veg and everything was vibrant and fresh. It really did the job and without noticing it we ate a full plate of healthy vegetables and felt nice and full.

The Happy Pear

After our feed we did a bit of food shopping in their great little grocery shop downstairs.

The Happy Pear

They have breads from The Firehouse bakery, a colourful range of organic fruit and vegetables, as well as plenty of other great products to fill your pantry.

Right now every single cookbook being released is about healthy food and healthy cafes seem to pop out everywhere in Dublin city centre. What is different about the Happy Pear is that they've been here before every one else and genuinely pioneered their healthy lifestyle, not because it is fashionable or in order to make money, but because they obviously believe in it and I admire them for that.

The Happy Pear
Church Town
co. Wicklow

This is an independent review, I paid for my meal. 



  1. Laura, Toronto, Canada21 November 2015 at 14:07

    Well this is great. After my wonderful tour with you and the lovely Dublin locals, I took the advice and added the walk from Bray to Greystones to my itinerary. I did the walk Thursday with my hubby after he had finished his conference and we ended up at The Happy Pear for lunch. Your recommended pizza place wasn't open then either. We had a great, healthy lunch that was just what we needed after all that healthy sea air and a week's worth of rich food and quite a bit of Guinness. Thank you again for a great tour and your restaurant recommendations. I am back home in Toronto now and we will definitely return one day to explore more of Ireland. I will also recommend your tour to anyone I know visiting Dublin.

    1. Hi Laura,

      It was lovely to meet you and thank you so much for your lovely comment, I'm so glad you enjoyed the tour! Take care.