in the heart of historic bethlehem   •   534 Main Street Bethlehem, PA 18018   •   610.861.7631

Welcome to McCarthy’s Irish Bakery

From Neville: The secret to our success is that everything is made from scratch, in-house.  Many of our original recipes came from a bundle of handwritten notes from my mother’s handbag when she died, while many other recipes came from family members or friends.  Since my mother’s family loved to bake, I grew up with fabulous home cooking and especially great desserts such as scones, brown bread, and pastries.  To this day our home-baked desserts combine traditional and contemporary Irish and British Isles specialties.

When Granny McCarthy’s Tea Room opened in 1997, I felt it was very important to make the very best Brown (wheaten) bread outside of Ireland. Eventually, we figured out our own mixture of locally grown organic grains (right here in Pennsylvania!) which we feel is second to none in the USA.  

If you love our bread, we have developed our own full proof mix — not only for Brown Bread but also Soda Bread, Shortbread and also several of our scones.  If baking your own bread, shortbread, and scones are above your ability level, or you don’t have time you can now order our goodies for pickup in our pub by following this link and enjoy traditional baked goods from the comfort of your own home along with a cuppa. 

If you would rather enjoy your cuppa and desserts in our house we’ve used our amazing selection of teas to infuse our creme brulees and truffles, and, of course, we serve our coffee from a french press — just as you could get it in Ireland.

What’s most important to us is that you feel at home and relaxed enjoying a cup of tea and one of our fresh baked goods.  Stop by for a visit to our McCarthy’s Irish Bakery when you’re in Bethlehem and try some of these family recipes for yourself or to pick up your freshly baked order! 

Neville on our Famous Brown Bread

Enjoy this clip of Neville discussing the story behind our famous brown bread. You will learn where the recipe originated and how you can make it in your very own home.

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