“Absolutely charming. The beautiful art deco decor makes you feel like you’re in the twenties, the views from the window seats are stunning and the staff are very warm and friendly. The great food and coffee are just added bonuses!”
E.K. 24th January 2012 – RateMyArea Review
“Shopping In Chains captures the zeitgeist more than any play in recent years. I laughed and cried. A recession play without the depression – irresistibly funny.”
- September 2011 YouTube Reviewer
“Full of that middle-aged self-righteous glow after a brisk walk on the pier, we repaired to the Promenade for the first time for coffees. It is literally next door to Teddys so finding it is definitely not a probelem.
As it was lunch time, I opted also for a very nice chicken caesar wrap to accompany the lattes while my better half went for the chocolate brownie which she declared to be excellent but too filling. A surprisingly nice and airy room, friendly and efficient service and a window seat caused us to linger perhaps somewhat longer than necessary. We will be back.”
D.F. 4th April 2011 - YELP.ie
” … I was worried that this place would not be baby friendly at all. I was wrong. I was greeted by a lovely woman who directed me where I could park my buggy and showed me to a table…
…Some age appropriate toys and books were delivered to my table to amuse Amelie while I had a peak at the delicious looking food on offer …”
28th February 2011, Read the Full Review at Jetsetting Babies Guide
“Really enjoyed the [Promenade Cafe Theatre] evening. Lovely & innovative and intimate. Service absolutely charming. Delighted to have something like this in Dun Laoghaire. Keep it up!!
Thank you for a most enjoyable and relaxing evening [at the Promenade Cafe Theatre] everything wonderful service and atmosphere
Thank you for accommodation my Gluten free diet greatly appreciated…
- A. O’D.
It was a positive wonderful and joyous evening thank you
We love the idea of “Dinner and a show” well done for reviving the concept.
“Cleanest loo ever fab “ !!!
“Service was very personable, I felt I was eating with friends nothing was too much trouble and I will definitely be back thanks”
“was there today with my 2 kids for lunch and i have to say the place is georgous, very friendly staff, great with kids, they got colouring to keep them occupied while i enjoyed my lunch, food was devine ( compliments to the chef) . they have a great range of salads, something for everyone on the menu, even the kids, they also accomidated and special request i had for my food, prices are great for the purse strings too will defenitly bring my friends for lunch.”
N.O. 24th August 2010 – RateMyArea Review
“This cafe has been open about a month and this was my first visit. Parking is good as it is across the road there are a few tables outside which I like so I can sit and watch the world go by.
I would prefer if the food they have on offer was more an all day ‘thing’ instead of set times but then they are new. I ordered the Duck dish as it was on the menu – after a short debate of times and if I could order it as I was not in the right time. Waiter came back to say the duck was off the menu as it was finished ( at 12 noon?). On his suggestion I tried something else which was nice but I would have preferred the duck dish.
I popped inside to have a look and see what else is on offer and the place was busy and nicely laid out. The staff are very nice although they did get confused with our bill as we switched tables outside to sit under an umbrella - it was raining!
I ordered the waffle with some ice cream but waffles were ‘off’ so had a choc brownie instead with ice cream. My American friend declared it ‘dry’ so thank goodness we had the ice cream with it.
All in all nice place I would go again but they need to sort their menu out.”
G.S. 2nd August 2010 – YELP.ie
“Been there today first time. Just for a coffee – sitting outside. Lovely (if you ignore the cars ;). Opening hours are now Monday to Sunday 9 – 6. Liked how they did the inside as well. They do the “normal” Cafe food (salads, quiche, fish cakes, Muffins, Cup Cakes, Coffee and so on) and Moevenpick Ice Cream. And wine. Didn’t check all prices. Coffee was normal price, found the ice cream a bit dear though (2.25 a scoop). Was nice to see how busy it was. Think it’s exactly what we needed here. Something to sit down, chat, enjoy the view – and the food :)”
9th July 2010 – Boards.ie conversation
Dun Laoghaire Gazette : February 2012 : by Bairbre Ní Bhraonain :
A COMMUNITY HUB AND THEATRICAL TOUR DE FORCE
CAFE PROVES TO BE A TASTY ADDITION TO AREA
Yvonne and Breffní Anderson are the couple running the most exciting cafe to hit the Dun Laoghaire shorefront for many a year.
The Promenade Cafe is not just a place to grab a sandwich and a cup of coffee but a community and cultural centre for the people of Dun Laoghaire to meet and interact.
Yvonne and Breffní moved to the area six years ago and have set about revolutionising the coffee house ideal. Breffni’s family has been involved in the insurance business for over a century and his offices lead off the coffee house in a spirit of mutual interaction between the two concerns.
It’s a family company, MGA, and the cafe comes under the heading of MGA restaurants. He is very knowledgeable about the historical connection between the insurance industry and the coffee house.
Lloyds use to conduct their business in cafe prototypes on the waterfront and deal with the merchants who came ashore and those embarking on voyages, effectively insuring their vessels and cargo. Yet neither he nor Yvonne (a former health worker and founder of an organisation caring for those with intellectual difficulties) ever ran a coffee house.
Yet the sense of the unknown has played very nicely into their hands. They have pushed beyond traditional ideas of a cafe and integrated many diverse aspects to it.
These include theatre, insurance, kids’ painting competitions, adult writing competitions and community discussion…
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