The Commons Café
The Commons Café
The Commons Café has reopened! Spend a quiet moment with a coffee and slice of cake under the strawberry tree, or reunite with friends and family over lunch in our courtyard garden.
The Commons Café is now open 11.30 to 16.30, serving teas, coffees and sweet treats, with lunch served from 11.30 to 15.30.
Set in the original student dining halls of UCD Newman House, the Commons has long been a space for sharing food and ideas amongst friends. In its newest form, led by sisters Domini and Peaches Kemp, the Commons continues this wonderful legacy, showcasing Ireland’s beautiful produce and culinary heritage. Beautifully restored, the Commons is an all-day Irish kitchen and dining room, opening out onto our Courtyard Garden.
Irish producers such as The Whole Hoggs Rare Breed Pork, Sheridan’s Cheese and Glenilen feature in the menu and there are nods to Ireland’s literary history throughout. The commissioned artwork by photographer Trevor Hart and stylist Eleanor Harpur, was curated by Nicky Hooper, and reflects some of literature’s most famous culinary quotes.
The menu reflects a casual take on Irish food incorporating artisan and small producers like Terry Butterly and Hussey’s vegetables. Vegan, vegetarian and wheat-free dishes are available such as our roast cauliflower salad with baba ganoush, radish and toasted almonds.
Enjoy an array of freshly baked goods, specialty coffee from Roasted Brown, home-made juices and fermented drinks, and many wines from the glass from boutique wine-shops like Celtic Whiskey and Terroirs. The Commons menu also works for those seeking a long and leisurely three-course lunch looking out onto the gardens.