We don't take reservations for daytime - so for breakfast, lunch and brunch just pop along & we will look after you! 

Book here for Dinner (Brother Hubbard North) from 5pm Tuesday - Saturday

For group reservations/general enquiries, email reservations@brotherhubbard.ie 

How the year has flown by! And what a great year it has been! 

We’ve had been quite an unbelievable year in Brother Hubbard, North and South.  And we are so incredibly grateful for all of the support of our wonderful customers, day in and day out throughout a busy 12 months.

We’ve come on in leaps and bounds in our not-so-new-anymore space in Brother Hubbard North. We’ve hosted some great events and really had so much fun with our new space. We’ve made it super green and with the great summer, the terrace was in full swing and full bloom - we felt blessed. 

In both cafes, our menu continues to evolve and our adventures and explorations with wonderful cuisines continue. Our team of chefs have put a huge amount of love and effort into our new approach to our menus. Still very much bedded in the wonderful textures, colours and flavours of Middle Eastern cuisine, this year we used our weekly specials as a way of exploring other international delights. We went on culinary journeys to Vietnam, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Germany, France, America and so many other areas, as well as visiting traditional Irish dishes more than once. This has been met with a fantastic reaction from our customers and we look forward to continuing those culinary escapades in the New Year. 

Our core menu continues to be focussed on healthy, fresh and vibrant food - substantially, but not exclusively, vegetarian (and often vegan too) - it is all designed to leave you feeling better, hopefully with a spring in your step when you get up from the table. We’ve some very exciting plans for early 2019 as regards some new directions to take our core menu.

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We were thrilled to have been awarded Best Breakfast in Ireland by the Irish Independent newspaper - it was a real thrill and honour - and just a few weeks ago we were delighted to have been shortlisted for the Award for 2019! Thanks to everyone for their support in this regard - it is so greatly appreciated.

Our Middle East Feast dinner offering has grown from strength to strength and we have some exceptionally exciting plans for our dinner offering early next year (more on that in January!).  We also hosted a wonderful Irish Vegan Supper Club as well as some other great events - we are hoping to make the Supper Clubs more routine next year as, though we tried, it was a busy year and there wasn’t always room in our schedule to host more of these alas.

One of the biggest developments with the businesses last year was the introduction of Farmhand Coffee - a wonderful collaboration to help us source the best possible coffee. Farmhand roasts its coffee on site in the old Brother Hubbard premises on Capel St and, finally, for so many of you who have asked, next year will be launching retail bags of coffee for you to take home!! Our team of baristas are devoted to ensuring we serve these wonderful coffee beans in the best possible way - to always give you a great, interesting coffee experience with us.

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One of the other big developments this year was the launch of our new shop and the dedicated take-away space in Brother Hubbard North. This has allowed us to sell lots more of our homemade products, our favourite ingredients as well as stock some wonderful artisan products. It has been met with a fantastic reaction and we are excited to collaborate with even more wonderful artisan producers next year. We also now have more food options for take-away than ever before - a menu full of variety to enjoy on the go!

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James and I started Brother Hubbard at the very height of the recession almost 7 years ago - on a wing and a prayer, not knowing what to expect. The business has grown somewhat since then - from being able to seat 14 people with 4 on the team to today, having both cafes (North and South), our shop, take-away, our coffee roastery collaboration and a team of almost 70. 

We could not have imagined this journey - it has been very unexpected but also very organic for us. And, day after day, it remains exciting, intriguing and a great joy for us. But best of all is the privilege of working with some many wonderful people - from our exceptionally hard-working teams of kitchen porters, chefs, bakers, baristas and service staff to the wonderful, wonderful customers we welcome - so many new but also so many familiar faces we fondly welcome back so often. We remain grateful every time a customer walks through our doors. It means an awful lot to us - and we work hard, aiming to put in great care and focus to ensure our customers feel welcomed, cared for and appreciated. 

We’ve never said this publicly before but our mission statement, since day one has been simply put as:

To create Delight for our Customers and our Team.

This remains as true and as much a priority today as it did on day one, all those years ago. We believe that’s what’s allowed us to still be here and to grow. And it will always remain our priority. 

Thank you to our team, thank you to our customers and thank you to the community around us - our neighbours, suppliers and those who support us. We wish you each a wonderful, special Christmas and look forward to more adventures with you in 2019!

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From the bottom of our hearts, thank you one and all!

Garrett and James.

Christmas Shopping Made Easy (and delicious!) at Brother Hubbard

Christmas Shopping Made Easy (and delicious!) at Brother Hubbard

We’ve lots of options for Christmas gifting in Brother Hubbard this season! 

In Brother Hubbard North, we’ve a wonderful array of Irish artisan products - from Ó’Conaill Chocolates, White Mausu, Donegal Natural Soap to the wonderful Arran Street East Pottery (including their new Coffee Pour Over brewer exclusively with us!) as well as lots and lots of other items (such as plants, teapots, cookbooks….the list goes on).WhatsApp-Image-2018-12-14-at-10.55.07-AM

Plus we’ve a delightful selection of our own most popular homemade products to help with your Christmas list. We’ve some lovely hampers to choose from - The Brother Hubbard Cookbook Hamper, the Christmas Morning Hamper and our Spice Hamper! In addition to these, we have some make-at-home kits (our Winter Tonic and our Hot Chocolate Packs) as well as lots of individual items, from our selection of jams to spice mixes, to help stuff those stockings! See below for our brochure of all our homemade goods and hamper options.

We’ve a smaller selection of the above available at Brother Hubbard South, with the full selection for you to browse through and buy in our new shop area in Brother Hubbard North. James or one of the team will be on hand to sort you out.

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We also sell our vouchers at Brother Hubbard North (valid for either cafe or the shop) and online at https://brotherhubbard.ie/shop-home.

Combine your Christmas brunching with some almost-effortless shopping!

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LAUNCH OF “COFFEE POUR OVER” BY ARRAN STREET EAST

In collaboration with Farmhand Coffee & Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard is hosting the launch of a very exciting new product by the wonderful folks at Arran Street East: their specially developed “Coffee Pour Over” Coffee Brewer.

Launching just in time for Christmas, we are putting together a very special event next Tuesday evening to celebrate and demonstrate this great new Irish product, made here in Dublin 1.

Peter from our partners Farmhand Coffee Roastery will be giving a talk and demonstration about how to best use this wonderful product to achieve the perfect cup, using Farmhand single-origin beans, roasted here on Capel St.

There will also be talks with the potters and the lovely folks behind Arran Street East.

There will be a little wine, some nibbles and, of course, coffee!  There will also be special discounts on the evening for the brewer and other Arran Street East products available exclusively on the evening.

Tickets for the event can be booked here (the event is free and tickets will be allocated on a first come basis!): https://asecoffeepouroverlaunch.eventbrite.ie

( or search “Arran Street East” on www.eventbrite.ie )

Christmas Breakfasty-Brunch Party

Hi folks! We are delighted to have had such a great reaction to our Christmas Lunch and Dinner Party offering this year (see here). We’ve also had a lot of requests for people wanting something a little bit different. With that in mind, we’ve put together a Christmas Breakfasty-Brunch Party menu for groups which will be available Monday-Friday mornings in December for groups of 10 or more (and for groups of 20 or more, we can also offer a separate private dining area!). 

Please take a look at our offering below and if you would like any further details, or to make a reservation, please contact Tita at reservations@brotherhubbard.ie or on 01 44 11 112.


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CHRISTMAS PARTIES 2018 AT BROTHER HUBBARD

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Forgive us - we know that perhaps not even a leaf has turned brown yet - however, we’ve been inundated in enquiries about Christmas parties for this November and December (we received our first enquiry on the hottest day of the year in July - some people certainly like to be organised!). 

So, in response, we’ve put our heads down and are now delighted to offer to host your special festive event at Brother Hubbard North! 

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We’ve a range of options to suit budgets, time of day, group size and preference.

We are thrilled to be hosting Christmas events in our exciting new space on Capel Street - as well as overall increased seating, we are able to offer areas for private dining for your group (depending on the size of your group) as well as hosting smaller and larger groups in our main dining area.

We are proud to have been listed as one of the Top 100 Places to Eat in Ireland each year for the past 5 years. Our menus are built around quality and value. They are also especially devised for sharing with our feast offering, which we feel makes for a far more special and convivial dining experience for a group! WhatsApp-Image-2018-09-04-at-2.41.58-PM.

We cater exceptionally well for most dietary requirements: carnivores, vegetarians, vegans (as well as those with gluten and dairy intolerances). In particular, our menu can be delivered fully vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free for those attending your event alongside those at your event who eat meat, fish and gluten!

We’re setting out in our brochure below the details for our two main festive offerings (our feasting menus, for lunch and for dinner). However, if you do have any particular requirements, please do not hesitate to let us know - last year we hosted several groups for Festive Breakfasts and Brunches (we will announce details of those menus soon).

So, we are now finally ready to take bookings for festive events for November and December. Please email any enquiries to reservations@brotherhubbard.ie or contact us on 01-44 11 112. See full details below along with sample menus (these will be finalised nearer the time but are indicative of the structure, creativity, value of our festive party menus).

We hope to welcome you and your group!

Garrett & the team at Brother Hubbard


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The Real World Cup – A Cup that truly matters to everyone….

Hi folks,

So there has been so much attention lately on eco-minded approaches in businesses (a fantastic development!), we thought we would communicate with you folks about all of the steps we try to take to help us be greener and more environmentally friendly.

1.     For five long years now, we’ve been offering a 20c discount on KeepCups when they are used by our customers for take away coffees. When we first started this, we got many of our regulars converted to using KeepCups. However, we’ve noticed in the past year in particular that there has been a very, very substantial growth in KeepCup usage – which we are really delighted about. We are also delighted to see many other cafes finally embrace this positive policy also!

Furthermore, we treat customers to their first coffee for free when they buy one of our Keepcups!

2.     We’ve also banned the use of plastic straws in the café – again, this is something that we are seeing more and more businesses address recently.

3.     Since day one, the vast majority of our take away items (disposables) have been compostable - or where they aren’t, recyclable/made of recycled materials, with just one or two exceptions (which we are looking to address as soon as possible). This includes all of our “disposable” coffee cups and lids, soup pots, salad boxes, our wooden knives and forks, our cornstarch spoons, etc.

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4.     Furthermore, we feel it is not enough to simply use compostable/recyclable items – to the extent possible, needless consumption should be avoided. People tend to forget that even if something is compostable/recyclable, it still takes incredible amounts of energy (often from carbon-producing sources) as well as carbon-producing transportation, to produce and distribute (and dispose of, even if done so sensibly) these single-use items.

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5.     For the above reason, each and every customer for take away is always asked by us if they need cutlery or if they need a bag – we are happy to provide them if they are necessary, but we encourage people to avoid using them wherever possible. Most people are returning to their offices that are well-stocked with plates, spoons, cutlery, etc.

6.     When someone can easily carry something in their hands (rather than using a bag), we encourage it also in order to avoid using a bag. Too often, people automatically grab cutlery, napkins or a bag when they can be absolutely unnecessary.

7.     In addition to the above measures, we ensure that all of our own organic waste is sent for composting.

8.     Furthermore, the packaging that our produce/deliveries we receive are returned to our suppliers for recycling. We are encouraging our suppliers to use less and less delivery packaging wherever they can.

9.     We only sell our own filtered still and sparkling water for sit-in customers to avoid unnecessary use of bottles (be they glass or plastic).

10.  We also have switched to serving only draft beer (Irish craft beer from Eight Degrees Brewery) to avoid the unnecessary use of glass bottles – again, think of the energy that goes in to production, transportation, recycling of all that glass!

11.  We even have our own greenhouse on our roof where we use some of our coffee grinds. This is where we are beginning to a small selection of our own herbs (and some vegetables) for use in some of our dishes.

12.  We aim to keep our menu seasonal in order to help us in ensure that we are reducing our environmental impact.

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As proud as we are of all of the above steps, there is still a long road ahead and we need to be relentless in taking steps (some big, some small) in the right direction. And we all need to do it together – we as a business, but also by encouraging the right kind of behaviour with our customers.

On that basis, we are delighted to announce our newest incentive for the right kind of behaviour!

As mentioned above, most of our take away items are compostable. However, people tend to forget that for the right outcome to be achieved, those materials actually need to end up in a compost bin!

It seems to be a very common misconception that they can simply be put in “the recycling”. However, they absolutely do need to be treated differently and correctly handled, in order to achieve the right outcome!

So, to help people on the right path, we will now happily accept back any of our compostable items that are returned to us and ensure they are disposed of correctly (ending up ultimately as plant-and-earth-nourishing compost!). To incentivise this, we are trialling a scheme whereby we will give people a 15c discount off a purchase for take away when they are returning compostable items, starting from Monday 23rd July in both cafes.


We had been in touch recently with the lovely people at Recycling List Ireland to talk to them about this issue – they’ve just released some further useful information (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k133eRJM6yg&feature=youtu.be )!

We will always work hard to make improvements and differences in what we do – it’s better for us, better for you and better for our world.  This will be an on-going journey, made sometimes of giant leaps but, more often, important little steps that count for so much. Thanks for your support and we’d be delighted if you can spread the word and encourage the right kinds of behaviour in your own workplaces, other businesses you give your custom to, and your colleagues, family, friends and neighbours.

P.S.

We’ve come across this wonderful website: https://recyclinglistireland.ie/ which has lots and lots of really useful information to help clarify the dos/don’ts of recycling/composting.

Other really useful and interesting information can be found at:

https://www.repak.ie/our-campaigns/news/compostable-packaging-a-solution-to-plastic-waste/

https://www.down2earthmaterials.ie/general-info/

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What's been going on!

It has been far too long since we’ve updated our blog. And it’s not because we haven’t had news. Quite the opposite in fact! We’ve been so busy bedding in the new space and working on lots of different projects that we’ve neglected to tell you lovely folk all what’s been happening.

So, just in case you think we’ve been resting on our laurels (rather than growing them – more on that in a moment), here’s an idea of what’s been going on….

·      We’ve worked hard to get our new space up and running. Literally everything about our business on Capel Street changed overnight so it has been a big, big transition for us. But it’s been a huge amount of fun also, though with some challenges.

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·      We’ve been busy with our large greenhouse on the roof which has allowed us to grow lots and lots of beautiful plants. This has allowed us to launch our outdoor seating area – the terrace alongside the Luas tracks. So we’ve now lots of outdoorsy seating. The brief was to ensure the space felt very vibrant and green. So Peter and James have been working their green fingers rather hard – we have bamboo, olive trees, nasturtiums, thyme, sage, parsley, potatoes, sweet geranium (all the way from Ballymaloe) and bay trees (a.k.a Laurel) all out and thriving at the moment. Soon we will be adding sunflowers, tomatoes, coffee plants and lots more!

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·      We’ve done the same for indoors – Peter and James have been working with Pat from www.plantstore.ie to bring a lot of green and vibrancy to the indoor space. The brief for the entire new dining area is that it should feel nourishing and fresh.  And aside from being served healthy, nutritious food by us, we wanted there to be lots and lots of greenery to help refresh the soul also.

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·      With the new space, we’ve got a much bigger kitchen. One of the things we’ve always wanted to do was make our own bread. Catherine, Shauna and Alice (our amazing bakers) are now making pretty much all of our own bread – from our lovely Middle Eastern Flatbreads for many of our dishes to our homemade Georgian bread that we use for our sandwiches and our potato & kale Fadge which we use for our new “Full Hubbard” brunch dish.

·      Jonathan, Ivan and the whole gang in the kitchen have been working hard in order to ensure that our menus for breakfast, brunch and lunch constantly evolve. One of the biggest changes they’ve brought in is to look to a different culture each week for inspiration for our lunch specials. This has been a huge amount of fun and has had a phenomenal reaction from our lovely customers. We’ve travelled without moving all across the world – from Mexico to Morocco, from India to Italy, from Thailand to Turkey. This week we are looking towards Vietnam. And we are very excited to do a very Irish menu soon aswell and celebrate our own wonderful food culture!

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·      The dinner team of chefs (Dave, Gabor and Antonio) have been ensuring the dinner menu evolves in line with the seasons, constantly experimenting with new ingredients, concepts and techniques. Our Middle East Feast menu continues to be 50% vegan and full of vibrancy, fragrance and flavour. We’ve introduced a weekly special on our dinner menu. Our service team, lead by Andy, have been busy preparing a new wine list and launching our craft beer menu (where we’ve partnered with Eight Degrees Irish Craft Beer)

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·      As part of the dinner menu, Catherine and Shauna launched our “Chocolate Mousse Experience” recently – a delightful light-yet-rich chocolate mousse is served at your table and we build it in front of you, with a selection of sauces and toppings brought to you to choose from. It’s getting a great reaction and is a huge amount of fun – for our customers but also our team!

·      Peter, Cris, Tim and the rest of the barista team have been working hard to find the best and most interesting coffees for you to enjoy, brewing them with focus and care. We have been working with Gardelli recently as a guest roaster (which won the World Coffee Roaster Award for 2018) and this has been very exciting. Soon, we will begin working with a new roaster who will be dedicated to roasting exclusively for Brother Hubbard (more on that in a few weeks!)

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·      Our service team, lead by Dani, Spiros, Nerissa & Kirstie continue to be dedicated to bringing care, attention and a big welcome to everyone who comes through our doors. We’ve realised that we are getting more and more visitors to Dublin (as well as more and more locals) so we see it as being hugely important to be strong, positive ambassadors for Irish hospitality and the Irish welcome!

·      Tita and Danielle have been busier than ever organising special events and catering with our chefs - with our new space, we are delighted to be able to host all sorts of events - from small team meetings to large launches (we hosted the launches of the Dublin Film Festival and the Dublin Dance Festival recently). We’ve also been able to cater for all sorts of events off site - from special health-focussed team breakfasts to customised menus for special events (we were thrilled to work with Bulmer’s recently to prepare a cider-themed menu for the launch of the Forbidden Fruit Festival!)

While that’s all been happening on Capel St, Brother Hubbard South on Harrington St has been equally busy! The team have brought a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm to what we do there. Paul and Rachel are leading our superb service and barista teams – to evolve all of what we do and to listen to our wonderful customers. Jake and his team in the kitchen bring the same level of creativity and passion to their menu as the folks do on the northside. We are making our own bread there also (despite it being a much smaller kitchen) and the menu changes weekly to reflect the seasons as well as the creative input of the team there.

Believe it or not, there’s much more to tell you! And we’ve TWO very, very exciting projects that we are going to be launching over the summer. One will involve a different but complementary offering to Brother Hubbard. The other is focussed on us launching a form of social enterprise which we hope will both shine a light on, and assist in some small way in solving, two big, big problems which exist in society at the moment. But you will have to wait just a little bit longer for the details of those!

Thanks for tuning in – sorry it has been so long since we’ve updated you on all that has been happening. Whilst we are never perfect, we are always trying hard to move in a positive direction – for our customers and our team – and thank you one and all for your continued support in that regard!

We will be back soon with more news – we promise. In the meantime, enjoy the summer – and pop by and say hi!



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So folks,

We are relaunching our Supper Clubs. From February, we are aiming for there to be one a month, each with a different theme that steps beyond our normal menu. It allows us to try something new, something especially created as a feast and hopefully we can all have a lot of fun together! We hosted several supperclubs last year and they were always so much fun and a sell-out!

 We are thrilled to be launching the 2018 Supperclubs in our new space – where we will have a lot more seating for everyone!

Our first one of the year will take place on 27th February at 7pm. As it has been such a hugely popular theme for us previously, we are going to present a Vegan Feast for everyone to enjoy (regardless of you usual dietary habits!). As many of you know, this time last year we made our dinner menu over 50% vegan permanently and this has been an enormous success, with vegans and meat-eaters alike. 

Our menu for this Vegan Feast will be anchored in what is seasonally available, with everything made from scratch as always by us – a menu full of creativity, flavour, colour, texture and purity! 

 As always, we will be seating people at long tables so it will be a wonderfully convivial evening!

The Details:

Event: A Very Vegan Feast – a 5-course vegan menu with a special welcome drink

Location: Brother Hubbard North, Capel Street

Date/Time: Tuesday 27th February from 6.30 (dinner at starts at 7 sharp)

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ba...

 

So book your spot now and save the date – it promises to be a fun evening!

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