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Home Bird in Holywood: Gold standard service in buzzing Gold Coast cafe

Home Bird, 69 High Street, Holywood. Tel: 028 9042 7061

The lunchtime menu is full of surprises and the quality of the food is bettered only by the value for money, but a pity about the desserts

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Home Bird

Home Bird

Home Bird, 69 High Street, Holywood

Home Bird, 69 High Street, Holywood

Home Bird

Nowhere is immune from Covid but sometimes you can be sitting in a cafe or restaurant and believe that all is well. For a few moments you will stop noticing the Perspex screens dividing the tables or keeping you from getting too close to the counter. The only reminder that all is not as it should be will be the masked servers approaching your table and to whom you must pay particularly close attention as it is far harder to make out what they're saying these days.

Holywood is that place. There is always a sense of calm and normality in Holywood (Best Medium Sized Town 2006-2017). People go about their business, Holywood wives, retired bookies and bank managers drive their convertible Mercs slowly down the High Street to be seen, and cafes serve breakfasts, brunches and lunches keeping the place quietly buzzing.

One place which captures the Holywood mood perfectly is Home Bird. A small frontage on the High Street conceals a spacious but cosy interior, plenty of space for safe social distancing. I've seen queues out the door in previous visits to Holywood but this is a Monday lunch time and it is quieter. Mind you, it's far from empty. Of the many good cafes in Holywood, this one stands out not least because chef Joery Castell is in the kitchen. Dutchman Joery has form in the area having set up the former and fabulous Boat House in Bangor with brother Jasper some years back.