The Abbey Theatre has launched the Peacock cafe, serving Irish food from breakfast to dinner, with, inset, the cafe’s feature wall

The Abbey Theatre has launched its latest production, the Peacock cafe, serving Irish food in a modern and contemporary way.
The cafe serves breakfast lunch and dinner. Examples of breakfast includes – Llewellyn’s apple juice; porridge with Highbank Irish apple syrup and toasted sunflower seeds; breakfast bun with bacon, sausage and baked egg.
Lunch has things like artisan roll filled with Ardsallagh goats cheese, radish, cucumber and beetroot relish; warm pulled brisket and pickled cucumber roll with Irish rapeseed mayo.
Supper/pre-theatre includes a salad of broccoli, pea, cucumber, alfalfa, toasted seeds, guacamole and mint or beef and Guinness stew. As you can see a big push is being put on the healthy option.
In the cafe itself, eyes are drawn towards a feature wall that displays a provocative quote from Bertolt Brecht, unashamedly bold and bright red. The artwork here will be updated regularly to reflect current productions, events or even the general mood or feeling of a particular time – a statement as much as a feature wall.
Other design elements include an exhibition showcasing the creativity behind a play’s journey from the playwright’s mind to the stage.
“At the Abbey Theatre, we place our artists and our audiences at heart of everything we do. Theatre more than any other art-form, encourages a lively exchange between artists and audiences. We conducted customer research in 2013 and found that our audiences wanted a food offering before attending a play. This venture is our response to that feedback.
“Also, we want to encourage our artists and staff to collaborate and work on–site in a space that is inviting and inspiring. Our motto is simple dishes, the best of Irish produce, great service. We look forward to welcoming our audiences and some new customers into the space,” said Eileen Collins, head of customer service at the Abbey Theatre.
A list of wine and Irish craft beer has been assembled to complement lunch and evening menus, while Barry’s tea, coffee and a selection of freshly baked scones, brownies and flapjacks are served throughout the day.
The creativity behind the Peacock cafe includes Hugo Arnold, whose list of previous clients features Harrods and Conran Restaurants, Eileen Collins, head of sales and customer service at the Abbey Theatre, cafe manager Bob Mansour and the Abbey’s own technical director, Aisling Mooney, who collaborated on the design for the cafe.

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