Youghal is a historical town, right beside the seaside on Cork’s south eastern coast. The sort of place where you can go for a bracing walk along the promenade or beach, and enjoy a lovely cuppa in a cafe in town. At Sage Cafe, that lovely cuppa and much more is on offer for hungry beach strollers. Sage refreshes the parts we all need refreshed, from breakfast till teatime. You can’t miss it, located next to the town’s famous clock tower. Sage green exterior decor leads to a fresh bright cafe inside. In a recent renovation, new counter seating to the rear, with wall to ceiling mirrors around it, reflect the already generous daylight to make the place look even brighter and more spacious than ever. Working people and singles love to grab a high stool up here at the counter, to enjoy morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea while browsing the daily papers. Walls in muted heritage colours, local original art, and a cafe dresser packed with homemade jams, preserves and probably a freshly baked tart or pie, add to the welcoming feel. Outside, a pretty terraced patio with flower laden plant pots has garden tables for a meal in the sun. Here is one of Sage’s friendly waitresses, standing in front of the new counter seating, holding a delicious home baked Wexford Strawberry Cheesecake! Tempting or what! Joan Collins has seen a vision realised at Sage – to open and run a food business based on good local ingredients and home cooking. She has succeeded in that vision. The deli counter and pastry cabinet at the entrance are a sight for sore eyes. Choose from these and a daily menu written up on the blackboard. Seasonality and availability are Joan’s key words. Step inside, pull up a stool or a chair or park yourself at a table outside, place your order, and see exactly why we like this charming cafe.