Nestled on George’s Street in Newbridge, Co. Kildare is the cosy haven that is Ubh Cafe & Coffee Roasters.
Emma Spain, the bright and cheerful owner injects a powerfully positive and hospitable energy to the cafe. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and skill from her time as a highly skilled and accomplished pastry chef, Emma’s eye for detail is evident from the cosy decor to the mouthwatering treats that greet you on entry.
Having been to Ubh before, a return visit was always a lingering thought so when we heard that a new menu was available it was as good an excuse as any to take a leisurely lunch on a cold January Tuesday.
As soon as you open the door to Ubh the scent of freshly roasted coffee is intoxicating. That, coupled with the beautiful cosy interior decor was already perking us up. We were very lucky to secure the last two seats in the house, this alone indicates that the team at Ubh are delivering a highly desired lunch time escape to the people of Newbridge.
A lunch menu (see below) designed to refuel and recharge awaits you in Ubh. The title here is not inconsequential, we literally ‘Beet the January blues’. With four healthy but hearty options to choose from this was fast becoming our first step towards a healthy meal we were actually excited about. We chose the Lentil & Beetroot Burger and The Heritage Beets accompanied by two gorgeous cold pressed Beetroot juices. This may sound like Beetroot overload but it was the most refreshing and wholesome lunch we had enjoyed for quite a while.
The Lentil & Beetroot Burger arrived looking like a meat feast, with a dagger plunged into its centre holding this impressive creation together, presentation is paramount at Ubh & no effort is spared. Earthy beetroot, injected with a meatiness from the lentils and balanced perfectly with the addition of charred peppers, tzatziki & a little hot sauce, all wrapped up in the most delicious toasted brioche bun. A super satisfying dish.
Heritage Beets was such a pretty looking plate of food. Fresh crisp sourdough topped with whipped goats cheese, beetroot mousse, heritage beets, fried egg & puffed rice. So many elements made this dish taste every bit as beautiful as it looked.
We have to give a special mention for our beverages of choice. Coffee beans are roasted in house as we previously mentioned, the scent and taste of the flat white can only be described as a sensory journey with a well honed craftsmanship inherent in every sip. A pot of loose fresh mint tea was a welcome addition to the end of this gorgeous lunch.
Not forgetting the absolute standout cold pressed juices we enjoyed of Beetroot, Apple, Ginger & Turmeric. These juices are made by naturebaby.ie and are available at Ubh or by direct order. A long time fan of juicing I know all too well the expense that it takes to create such deliciousness so at €4.50 a juice, while it may appear steep, I can assure you it is worth every cent.
This cafe taste experience came to €35.20, taking out the optional juices this comes in at €9.00 less. Ubh is serving the finest quality food at a very fair price and if traveling down the N7 we highly recommend stopping by. We can’t wait to visit again to try some of their delicious home made cakes & treats.
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Sample Ubh Cafe Menu
WRITTEN BY KEITH MAHON & OLIVIA BYRNE