We are currently closed from november 13th until December 1st for holidays.

Our December Opening Times are as follows:

December 1st - Lunch only (12:00 - 15:00)

December 2nd and 3rd - Lunch (12:00 - 15:00) and Dinner (18:00 - 21:00)

December 8th - Lunch only (12:00 - 15:00)

December 9th and 10th - Lunch (12:00 - 15:00) and Dinner (18:00 - 21:00)

December 15th - Lunch Only (12:00 - 15:00)

December 16th - 18th - Lunch (12:00 - 15:00) and Dinner (18:00 - 21:00)

December 20th - 24th - Food and wine served until 8pm

December 27th to 30th - Food and wine served until 8pm

December 31st - Lunch and Set Menu Dinner (booking essential) - arrival at 7pm for champagne cocktails and canapés. 

January 3rd - 8th - Open for food and wine from 12:00 - 8pm

Closed from January 9th until January 28th when we will start our 1st class of the year. 

Those dates which are not included are days on which we are closed.

*Please call to confirm as opening times are subject to change due to cookery classes.

Call us on 028 51948 or email us at bookings@thegoodthingscafe.com to make a reservation. We always welcome walk-ins, but to be safe it is best to have a booking.

Our course dates for 2016 are available at the cookery class section of the website, take a look here.

Our Story:

Some of you will know us well as this point, but others will be new to us and you may be wondering what this, what we, are all about. So, for those of you that are new to the Good Things in life or those of you that have forgotten since last summer - here’s what you need to know.

Good Things is the creation of chef, boss and mother extraordinaire, Carmel Somers. Carmel is a passionate chef who cooks simple and fresh food. Her timeline goes something like this…

Carmel trained in Paris after being told if she wanted to learn about good food:

 “Well, you’ve just got to go to Paris”

So off she went. She worked in Lous Landes and also with John Desmond (of Heir Island) and cooked for families as well as au pairing. She temporarily returned to Ireland before moving to England where she worked in many different restaurants, learning what she could along the way. From Whites of Cricklade to Bibendum in London to Sally Clarke's and Markwicks in Bristol. In these food Meccas she soaked up all the knowledge she now utilises daily. Then, years later, she and her three daughters relocated to West Cork. Durrus, to be precise. 

She, typically, summarises this wonderful tale by saying:

“I got married, had three kids, got divorced and opened a restaurant”

See, to her, at this stage - food was a constant. Cooking was what she loved and on one wedding visit to West Cork, attracted by the fresh ingredients, she decided to move. It made sense to her, the madness of restauranteering, it was what she knew. So she did it.

Now, Durrus is a wonderful tale. It was a small village with four pubs, two shops and a hardware store when Carmel first arrived. We found our place in the old Butterfly Farm and soon Durrus had a restaurant too - Good Things Cafe. Over the years it became a beacon of good food, good people and many good times. In fact, one of Carmel’s best customers has renamed it ‘Good Times Cafe". Carmel enjoyed 13 years of prosperity in Durrus; cooking, teaching, welcoming those from near and far. But as times changed she decided she should too. 

Then we found a new home, a wonderfully bright and busy building on the corner of Bridge Street in Skibbereen. Here, Carmel has been able to expand her business into everything it always promised to be. She has created a place to learn, eat and discover the pleasure of great West Cork ingredients in a great West Cork town. In essence, she took a few good things and she made them great. 

I am gushing here to you because I think it’s a story you should all know (despite it ending in a conversation that looked like the one below) and I have the honour of being able to tell you  this story because I’ve been with her most of the way. 

                                                     - Ellen Somers, 

                                                       Daughter to Carmel,

                                                       Waitress For Carmel,

                                                       Admirer of Carmel,

                                                       Biographer (it seems).