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The Commons Café

The Commons Café

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.

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.

During the week, a “Worker’s Lunch” is available Monday to Friday, offering a daily soup and sandwich or counter special, such as our home-made sausage rolls. A children’s menu is also available and every Sunday, the cafe serves a wonderful Sunday roast.

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.

Domini and Peaches Kemp

The Commons is open 7 days a week, serving breakfast from 10am to 3.30pm; lunch from 11.30am to 3.30pm; and coffee, cakes and afternoon tea from 10am to 5pm every day. We also open late and serve dinner for First Fridays and other special events. Click here to view a sample menu.

Contact the Commons
Email [email protected] 
Telephone 01 477 9822

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“The Commons Café is … already feeling like a new city favourite.”
– Catherine Cleary, The Irish Times

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