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Hatch & Sons



2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality.
Hatch & Sons
Basement, 15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 Dublin City
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A wonderful city centre flagship for Ireland’s artisan produce, Hatch & Sons is run by food writer and caterer Domini Kemp, her sister Peaches and food consultant Hugo Arnold
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Traditional Irish
  • Atmospheric
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Informal
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Tea Rooms

Hatch & Sons

Like stepping into a country kitchen in the midst of the city, this subterranean café aspires to take you away from the urban humdrum and restore you with honest-to-goodness home cooking and traditional baking, it’s not surprising that sourcing is at the heart of this modest operation.

Décor is refreshingly low-key with small wooden and zinc-topped tables and mismatched wooden chairs crammed into two rooms. Set in the basement of Dublin’s Little Museum (customers get a 10% discount on entry to the museum) this space would originally have been the kitchen of this fine town house.

It’s romantic to find the original hearth, crammed with firewood, as a main decorative feature and a trip to the bathroom reveals the old stone steps staff would have used to carry dishes up to the family above.

The walls are plain but the large island counter groans under the weight of artfully arranged baking, fresh fruit and old style, Irish made sweets - and also a small but thoughtfully selected collection of Irish artisan products for sale: “If it isn’t Irish we don’t sell it”.

Serving an all-day menu that includes fried breakfasts served in a pan, complete with homemade soda bread and pats of Glenilen butter, there’s bottles of old school YR sauce on the side if you’re so inclined. Loose leaf Barry’s tea is served in generous silver pots with dainty strainers while a wine list offers 8 wines by glass and bottle as well as a few carefully chosen Irish craft cider and beers.

The commitment to Irish foods is evident on the menu where rustic sandwiches are served in blaas, Waterford’s famous floury baps, and items like Coolea cheese, Burren Smokehouse fish, Michael Bermingham’s spiced beef are among the many name checked artisan foods and drinks.

Hot mains, perhaps fish cakes or beef and Guinness stew are offered alongside sandwiches, cold deli boards, salads and daily specials. While mainly serving breakfast, lunch and cakes they do open late on a couple of evenings and they host occasional evening supper clubs based around talks by visiting food producers.

A wonderful city centre flagship for Ireland’s artisan produce Hatch & Sons’ heart is in the right place. Dishes are clean and light, which is a good thing as it leaves room for the tempting baking on display. If it’s on offer, their carrot cake is amongst the finest in Dublin.

Seats 50. Open all day 7.30 am-5pm (Sat from 9, Sun from 10), with late opening to 9pm on Wed & Thu, to 6pm on Sat. WiFi. abbreviations
Last Updated: 22-10-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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