Damian Brady, manager and Tricia English, owner enjoy the lovely weather as they sit in their heated outdoor area at the Mason’s Apron, Virginia. Photos: Lorraine Teevan

Quality food and coffee at the Mason’s Apron

Seventeen years and still going strong.

Quality food and friendly service are the name of the game at the Mason’s Apron.

The festive preparations for customers are well underway with Christmas cakes ready to be iced and hampers being put together.

After 17 years the Mason’s Apron is a firm favourite in Virginia and is well and truly the place to go for good coffee and fantastic food.

“We have very good coffee,” says owner Trisha English. “It’s Woodland Coffee, sustainable coffee. It has a very unique taste and is very popular. We changed in the summer and it’s flying out.”

While Covid brought its challenges for the business, like most, it also brought opportunities for the Mason’s Apron. The advent of outdoor dining, a measure about which many were sceptical given the Irish weather, has attracted more passing trade, while also offering a safe and reassuring space for Trisha’s more cautious customers.

“People are inclined to be careful enough. We definitely have the safe space for people if they want it. Takeaway has built up a good bit too, it’s very popular now. We get a lot of through traffic now too with the outdoor area.”

Food is the centrepiece of every Irish Christmas and Trisha and her team are well stocked up and prepared for their customers.

“The mince pies are already out.

“The Christmas puddings are all done and the Christmas cakes aren’t iced yet but it won’t be long,” says Trisha.

Christmas hampers will also be on offer in the run up to the festive season, making the perfect gift option for family and friends.

Open from 9am to 5pm, with breakfast until 12.30pm and lunch until 4.30pm, make a pit stop to the Mason’s Apron is your one stop shop in Virginia.