Sullivan’s Country Grocer has been at the centre of the bustling little west of Ireland town of Oughterard for the last four years; but particularly during the last three months when most businesses were shut down due to COVID-19.

I can confirm it was the familiar comfort the locals craved while working from home – a coffee and one of the now-famous cinnamon swirls, a brownie or a signature sourdough loaf. Pre-COVID-19 when people would queue for their post-Parkrun coffee on a Saturday, one local credited Sullivan’s with bringing a little bit of “Notting Hill” to Oughterard; a cosmopolitan vibe. In the summer, it is a must-stop destination for people travelling to Connemara.