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Common Grounds

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Queen's Quarter
Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Soups, Eclectic
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12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 6589
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8:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Non for profit cafe and community hub based in the Holylands area of South...
Non for profit cafe and community hub based in the Holylands area of South Belfast. We serve award winning Fairtrade coffee, hearty lunches, daily soups, stews and curries along with delicious deserts. Cinnamon Scones are renowned locally while our Yumm Bowl and Falafel Burger are hugely popular. We offer many home made and locally sourced products, along with a wide and varied range of vegetarian options. Trading ethical is a cornerstone of what we do, while all our profits are given away to support humanitarian projects in the developing world.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Haven't been here for such a long time, opted for a couple of veggie dishes, the yumm bowl and the bean hot pot.... both were delicious. Decided to have a sweet thing and the chewy oaty caramel thing I got was honestly the tastiest thing I have eaten in a long time, my new favourite treat in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Philip L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

Haven't been here for such a long time, opted for a couple of veggie dishes, the yumm bowl and the bean hot pot.... both were delicious. Decided to have a sweet thing and the chewy oaty caramel thing I got was honestly the tastiest thing I have eaten in a long time, my new favourite treat in the world. Great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

A hidden gem! Fresh fuss free food at low prices. Quiet and relaxed atmosphere. And it is an ethical business! Lost out on a 5* rating because it doesn't carry skimmed milk which is very basic thing to expect a café to do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

Been going here for years. Always top quality coffee and great food. Relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. Love their ethos and not for profit generosity too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

I have visited Common Grounds a few times and really enjoyed the cinnamon scones (huge!) and coffee. A relaxing atmosphere and I like the charitable ethos that CG provide. Great idea of the suspended coffee. Well worth a visit.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Great sandwiches and hot meals, wonderful coffee and staff friendly on a level that makes you feel they are personal friends. An easy place to be on your own, read a book or browse with the wifi. Adjacent to Queen's University and Botanic Gardens, it is an area where visitors often find themselves. On Thursday evenings, The Friendship Club meets.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I come here regularly for my late lunch, they offer fresh and tasty foods, their coffees are good also, I specially enjoy their guest filter. It is quiet in the afternoon, I can enjoy my coffee and read, which is very enjoyable. Staff here are friendly as well.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Common Grounds is a great wee café with wonderful food, a friendly atmosphere and very helpful staff. The fact that all the profits are donated to worthy causes makes eating here that little bit more worthwhile too. The pea and ham soup is also the best I have ever tasted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Nice food and an excellent atmosphere where you can sit with friends, work or just read. I've been a number of times (some quite significant!) and would not hesitate to go back. Not to mention it's good for special events, too (has a big room in the back for events/group meetings). I was there for Christmas carols one year and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Absolutely love this place. Great atmosphere and friendly service. I love the ethics behind the company. Fair trade, helping underprivileged staff, donating profits to worthy causes. I can't rate this place highly enough.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

I visited for a coffee with a couple of friends one afternoon and was greeted and welcomed accordingly by a lady who seemed nice. Our coffees were delivered to us outside but mine was a bit on the cold side, my friends tried and agreed. Although I didn't want to make a big fuss my friends said I should ask... More 

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Additional Information about Common Grounds

Address: 12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9032 6589
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast>  > Queen's Quarter
Open Hours:
Monday 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 9
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Soups, Eclectic

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12-24 University Avenue, Belfast BT7 1GY, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast>  > Queen's Quarter
  • Neighborhood: Queen's Quarter
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9032 6589

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 9
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Soups, Eclectic

Description

Non for profit cafe and community hub based in the Holylands area of South Belfast. We serve award winning Fairtrade coffee, hearty lunches, daily soups, stews and curries along with delicious deserts. Cinnamon Scones are renowned locally while our Yumm Bowl and Falafel Burger are hugely popular. We offer many home made and locally sourced products, along with a wide and varied range of vegetarian options. Trading ethical is a cornerstone of what we do, while all our profits are given away to support humanitarian projects in the developing world.
Open Hours
Monday
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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