Every morning, the Lee valley around Dripsey is filled with the aroma of freshly baked scones, breads, tarts and pies. These are the distinctive scents of Granny Griffin's morning baking, a traditional and wonderful process that uses recipes that have remained unchanged, having stood the test of time. These truly delicious baked goods have had people coming back for more for many years. The smells of fresh baking is irresistible every day at Griffins, and the ingredients and recipes remain closely guarded secrets.
The 'Spinning Wheel' connection – The spinning wheel was once very much part of the Irish textile industry. Dripsey, for many years was very famous for it's tweeds, blankets and rugs. Sadly the Dripsey mill is now closed. In its honour, the Garden Restaurant at Griffins is also known as the Spinning Wheel Restaurant. This restaurant overlooks the Dripsey just before the point where it meets the River Lee. This flooded river valley/lake was manmade for the purpose of producing hydroelectric energy at Inniscarra dam and also serves as a main reservoir for Cork City. The landscape of this area was totally changed by this work, which took place in the fifties. Just 100 metres downstream from Griffins lies the underwater ruins of a mill and cheese factory. Dripsey House, an estate house belonging to the Colthurst family also lies in ruins. This area was once a hive of activity, with agricultural students in training traveling here from the main English colleges. Griffins Garden Centre has once again made this beautiful scenic area a land of activity, owed in no small part to the irresistible and nostalgic taste of Granny Griffin's baking.
Granny Griffin firmly believes that for truly wonderful results, one has to bake with love. She has always stayed true to the traditional old style of baking, the style we all remember as children. That is what you can expect at the Garden Restaurant at Griffins 7 days a week.