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Common Grounds

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Queen's Quarter
Sandwiches, Vegetarian, Delicatessen, Soups, International
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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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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: 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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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
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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
Creative food, wholesome vibe

One of the happiest memories I have from university is time spent in Common Grounds. There is nowhere like it in Belfast. Genuine people raising money from the profits for good causes. The atmosphere is relaxing, a chilled vibe, a 'good living' feel. Coffee is great, food is creative- the Yumm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

One of the happiest memories I have from university is time spent in Common Grounds. There is nowhere like it in Belfast. Genuine people raising money from the profits for good causes. The atmosphere is relaxing, a chilled vibe, a 'good living' feel. Coffee is great, food is creative- the Yumm bowl a particular favourite. A review can't really do... More 

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We sat outside under the tree beside the sweet pea The Tinies played in the grass with glee As Sarah and I relaxed as the sun glowed As the happy bustle of Befast gently bellowed Our muffins were moist and scrumptious And our cofferes were smooth yet bumptious The chocolate brownie and carrot cake were irresistible The six of us... More 

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CommonGroundsCafe, Manager at Common Grounds, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this, we love it! Would you mind if we shared your poem on Facebook, etc? If so, we'd love to credit you, but appreciate if you'd rather stay anonymous! Kind regards, Daniel More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is my favourite cafe in Belfast I have been a regular customer since I was a student and frequently have meet ups here as I just love the atmosphere. Parking is a pain, but if you go at weekends our outside term time it is easier to get a space. Highly recommend

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Antony, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I went there with friends and we were all disappointed. They did not have all the menus' options the day we were there. The waiters were not super friendly and one came several times asking what we ordered. The sandwiches were not great, mine was lukewarm/cold so not the best when you have grated cheese in it! Good location though.

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CommonGroundsCafe, Manager at Common Grounds, responded to this review

Hi Emilie, thank you for your review. I'm very sorry your experience wasn't great when you visited us, I can only apologise, hope it hasn't left you with a lasting impression and ask that you'd give us another try sometime. We really do try to make sure everyone enjoys their time in the cafe so I'm very sorry we didn't... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I love Common Grounds! The staff are friendly and the coffee is excellent! Good food for lunch too. The place has a very mellow vibe and it's great to just sit in with a coffee and a book.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

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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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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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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Restaurant Details

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, Delicatessen, Soups, International

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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