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Licensed Cafe & Bistro, serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients. All our food is made on the premises including all cakes and baked goods. Serving Breakfasts all day, lunches, afternoon teas.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Cafe, British
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday

Great little find !! Brought the grandchildren who absolutely loved it. Nothing was too much trouble. Great menu with lots to choose from. Staff extremely friendly and accommodating. Food was beautiful..large portion sizes and my coffee was nice and hot, just how I like it...!! We left feeling very full up..My two boys aged 10 and 9 said they loved it and want to come back !!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Absolutely amazing food, staff are really friendly and service impeccable - cannot say enough good things about this place, would highly recommend

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I've popped into Friends Café in Ashbourne a few times over the last six months or so with time to kill and my work laptop for a pot of tea and a spot of breakfast whilst I work. This is a very welcoming coffee shop...with 'chat' (should you want it). It has a relaxed atmosphere about it with unobtrusive music playing to gently mop-up other patrons' conversations (which means I can get on and work with little distraction other than to look up occasionally to take in the atmosphere). The food and drink I've had has always been good quality and served on good quality, clean crockery. The cutlery is spotless and the table service, prompt. The café (which is more of a coffee shop if truth be known - in that it's more upmarket than a café) has a nice, crisp décor and a relaxing ambience. There is a twee toilet which has always been clean whenever I've visited it - cleanliness of 'the facilities' is almost always overlooked in the non-independent worldwide/nationwide franchises, yet it's such an important factor of the whole experience (it is to me in any case!). The pockets of the big boys such as Starbucks/Costa/Nero etc. are doing well enough without your cash so I recommend supporting independent coffee shops such as Friends Café - . There's more character in these independent spots anyway! 5/5More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Called on at random whilst looking for a breakfast spot. It’s lovely and clean. Spacious. Well priced. And the full English is the best we’ve ever had. Proper quality over cheap nasty quantity but still a very large breakfast. Delicious home cooked cakes and quiches...etc also. Plus other meals for lunches. Friendly waitresses. I would highly recommend a visit if you’re passing.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Popped in for some breakfast. First proper breakfast since returning from a festival the day before and It was exactly what I needed. May of had eyes bigger than my belly but the food was gorgeous and the staff lovely. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing friendly and helpful staff upon arrival ! This was our second visit this year whilst holidaying in Ashbourne and we will be back 👌🏻😊 The food was amazing THE BEST breakfast Iv ever had My partner had the veggie breakfast which was also amazing...especially the award winning veggie sausage. My daughter had the smashed burger which she devoured to my surprise because of the size of it 😂 Thanks Friends 💙More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As by the name (“Friends”) suggests it’s a very friendly place. The staff were very cheerful and the coffee and cake were excellent.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb cooked food and great selection of cake. Service is exceptional. Very friendly but professional at sane time. 2nd visit ,looking forward to further visits in the future

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent quality, large portions and excellent service. Enjoyed our lunch very much. Thank you for looking after us so well.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little cafe. Very clean, very friendly staff, very quick service and a great choice on the menu. Portions were enormous and the food was lovely. Dogs allowed in too which is a huge bonus for us!

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely cafe with local food. However, no vegan options. The waitress was lovely and helped adapt a brunch for me. It was ok. But I think there needs to be a bit more flexibility on menus generally so that specific dietary requirements can be...met.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot, great food, and great service. Good value for money and a good selection of both food and drink. Highly recommended

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot for a full English breakfast. Family friendly. Service is tireless and did I mention a GREAT full English. The GF option includes chef made vegetarian sausage's which are actually very unique and flavourful. Great value and great people serving. Always come here for...brunch/breakfast now!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent cafe / tea room. Lovely breakfasts and very dog friendly. Fresh ingredients and local produce. Staff very friendly

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous breakfasts and great staff. Been 4 times now and we keep coming back for more!! Very welcoming of dogs too which helps us as we come in every week after our dog training class!

Date of visit: June 2024
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Response from Adrian G | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know for certain but it would be best to call them and ask.
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Yes we do, all our food is made fresh to order so many of our dishes can be adapted.
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The whole menu is served also day. From 9am - 4.30pm, 7 days per week.
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Yes, Friends Cafe Ashbourne offers takeaway services.

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Friends Cafe Ashbourne is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5