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Press Café

The Na­tional Print Mu­seum lives in the Old Gar­ri­son Chapel of Beg­gars Bush Bar­racks, just up the road from Slat­tery’s Pub, Ju­nior’s and Paulie’s Pizza. Their aim is to col­lect, pre­serve and ex­hibit Ire­land’s print­ing her­itage, and they do so through their per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion and the reg­u­lar free work­shops and tours they host in the Mu­seum.

The Press Café is housed in a con­ser­va­tory built on the side of the mu­seum. The struc­ture of the con­ser­va­tory it­self has a dis­tinctly early 1990s feel to it but the dé­cor is very now; a re­claimed wood cof­fee counter and dis­tressed iron chairs, a copy of The Gentle­woman and Fan­tas­tic Man on dis­play for cus­tomers to leaf through. It’s a re­as­sur­ing space, with light stream­ing in even on a dull day.

Cold noo­dle salad usu­ally grosses me out; it’s the kind of thing you find in a plas­tic box at a petrol sta­tion, mas­querad­ing as a healthy op­tion.

The Press Café bowl of noo­dle salad so com­pletely re­deems this dish to my taste­buds, that I make a version of it at home for my­self the next day. The Press Café noo­dle salad is the real deal; a bowl is stuffed with crunchy, diced veg­eta­bles and soft chunks of fleshy av­o­cado, the noo­dles coated in a del­i­cately fresh co­rian­der and gin­ger dress­ing (¤6.50). A corned beef sand­wich (¤5.50) is a beaut. The corned beef is piled high be­tween slices of dark rye, crunchy greens play­ing off the sharp­ness of ched­dar, pick­les and whole­grain mus­tard nicely.

Cof­fee is by Cloud Picker, and is brewed per­fectly by the barista. My flat white (¤2.60) is short and strong, just like it should be. We can’t re­sist a slice of the baked vanilla and wal­nut cheese­cake (¤3); it’s sweet and rich, with caramel- ised wal­nuts on top. Really good.

Press Café might be off the beaten track for some but this could work in your favour for their week­end brunch. What a lovely way to spend a morn­ing; learn­ing about our print her­itage and brunch­ing in a light-filled con­ser­va­tory af­ter­wards. This week­end, in fact, the Na­tional Print Mu­seum are host­ing their Win­ter Fair Novem­ber 27th-29th of Novem­ber, a free fam­ily-friendly event with a Christ­mas mar­ket and a chance to have a go at making a let­ter­press poster. Press Café will be open, serv­ing mince pies and mulled wine.

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