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.

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 Commons’ menu serves dishes for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, as well as an array of 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 Café is … already feeling like a new city favourite.”
– Catherine Cleary, The Irish Times

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’ll also be opening evenings soon. Click here to view a sample menu.

Many of the dishes take direct inspiration from Irish literature. The gorgonzola Waterford Blaa and Burgundy wines mirror the scene from James Joyce’s Ulysses, in which Leopold Bloom dines on a gorgonzola cheese sandwich and enjoys a glass of Burgundy while wandering through Dublin.

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.

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

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Museum of Literature Ireland
Open 7 days, 10.00-18.00
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UCD Naughton Joyce Centre
86 St Stephen's Green
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