Community spirit is at the heart of Westport, as local businesses come together during these unprecedented times. The owner and head chef of Cian’s on Bridge Street, Cian Hayes, will be opening a pop-up restaurant experience in Hotel Westport on 3rd July: Cian’s at Hotel Westport. Bringing a unique take on the menu ordinarily served at his award-winning restaurant to Hotel Westport, the pop-up will take advantage of the large space available in the hotel so guests and locals alike can enjoy a remarkable dining experience in comfortable and socially distant surrounds. 

But if your like us and can’t wait until 3rd of July to taste Cians’s food, why not try his easy and delicious Apple Cake

“This is such a simple cake and it is one of the tastiest cakes I’ve had. You will know by the smell while it’s baking. I use 4 cooking apples, it seems like a lot but don’t worry, they reduce in size and the cake absorbs it well and keeps it from drying out in the oven. So here we go..” – Cian Hayes



  • 4 cooking apples
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g good quality butter
  • 3 free range eggs
  • Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Tablespoon flaked almons
  • Pinch of salt



Preheat oven to 180 degrees 

Cream the sugar, butter and vanilla in a mixer until fluffy, add 1 egg at a time leaving a little time for it to mix. Then add your sieved flour. Now, peel and slice the apples, and mix in to to cake batter with a wooden spoon, don’t use the mixer to mix the apples in because it could break them up. Grease a large loaf tin, I used a 3lb bread tune but you can use a cake tin either. Place the cake mix inside and sprinkle with some flaked almonds, bang it in the oven for an hour while keeping an eye on it. Every oven is different so it may vary. When you think it’s done just stick a knife in the center and when it comes out clean your good to go. This cake is delicious with a cup of tea or for dessert with some vanilla ice cream. 


Cian’s of Bridge St. Pop-Up Restaurant Experience in Hotel Westport. Read More Here


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