Brother Hubbard - Breakfast, Lunch & Other Nice Things

Brother Hubbard – A Great Café in Dublin

In Ireland, Restaurants by Mindi Hirsch5 Comments

I have become a traveler who will travel for good food even when I’m already at a travel destination.  This is why I bagged the hotel breakfast and walked 35 minutes for coffee and breakfast at Brother Hubbard.

Truth be told, my walk was not painful.  I traversed St. Stephens Green, strolled along Grafton Street and crossed the Capel Street Bridge over the River Liffey to get to the charming café.  Walking in the brisk autumn weather refreshed my soul and whetted my appetite.  Upon arriving at Brother Hubbard and seeing the sign that says “This is the cafe you’ve been looking for“, I knew that my research had taken me to the right place.

Looking Inside Brother Hubbard Dublin

Looking Inside Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard is on the less touristy north side of town and was opened by James Boland and Garrett Fitzgerald a couple years ago.  It’s a gem of a cafe serving some of my favorite things – coffee, breakfast, lunch and homemade pastries.  According to the menu, everything is made in-house except for the bread that they source from nearby Arún bakery.  I was happy to see that the cheese comes from my new favorite Dublin spot, Sheridans Cheesemongers.  Plus, they have a cute little garden, though I chose to sit inside.

3fe Coffee at Brother Hubbard

Upon my arrival, I was in dire need of a good cup of coffee.  I’m talking about a hand crafted cup with a nice crema.  Brother Hubbard gets their Has Bean coffee from the award-winning experts at 3fe.  It was a solid cup made with quality beans, filtered water and organic milk.  The latte art was a nice touch.  Needless to say, the cup of coffee met my high expectations.

Has Bean Coffee from 3fe at Brother Hubbard Dublin

Has Bean Coffee from 3fe at Brother Hubbard

Food at Brother Hubbard

Although I was tempted to order porridge, the server recommended the bacon and cheese sandwich.  The sandwich description sounded great, plus I could see where each ingredient was sourced just by looking at the menu.  It was a great choice at 4.90 Euros – tasty and hardy, and not as stick-to-your-ribs filling as the porridge would have been.

Warm Bacon & Cheese Sandwich: Griddled Dry-Cured Bacon with a Roast Tomato Paste, Cheese and Rocket on a Arún Bakery Bread Roll Brother Hubbard Dublin

Warm Bacon & Cheese Sandwich: Griddled Dry-Cured Bacon with a Roast Tomato Paste, Cheese and Rocket on a Arún Bakery Bread Roll

Arriving at the 8:00 opening time was a good move, as I avoided the crowd but still got to people watch.  Everybody seemed happy with the food, even those just having toast and jam.

Fellow Diners Enjoying their Toast and Jam Brother Hubbard Dublin

Fellow Diners Enjoying their Toast and Jam

My plan was to return to the café a couple days later for some pre-flight slow-cooked organic porridge for me and some homemade scones to take home to Daryl.  Alas, Brother Hubbard doesn’t open until 10:00 on Sundays which was too late based on my 11:00 flight time.  Oh well, at least I was able to bring Daryl home a picture of the treats.

Some of the Homemade Treats at Brother Hubbard Dublin

Some of the Homemade Treats at Brother Hubbard

I have my favorite spots in Philadelphia where I can get excellent coffee.  There are also plenty of great restaurants.  However, there is nothing like Brother Hubbard with its excellent coffee and great food.  A girl can wish though.

Brother Hubbard is located at 153 Chapel Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.

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  1. Poor Daryl getting all those pics instead of actual treats! You`re cruel! Thanks for the tip off on Brother Hubbards. Will check it out as soon as I can.

    1. Don’t feel too bad for Daryl. Although he didn’t get scones, he got cheese, chocolate and a sweater. Let us know how you like Brother Hubbard…

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