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Belfast cafe free Christmas Day dinner pioneer to open doors for 11th year

A Belfast cafe that was one of the first in the city to offer a free Christmas Day dinner to anyone down on their luck or at home alone is to open its doors for the eleventh year running.

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New partnership with two local charities

Common Grounds' new charity partners

We’re excited to announce that two local charities have agreed to partner with us and will benefit from our annual profits giveaway – amounting to £2,600 in 2015.

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Free Christmas Day Meal 2016

We’re all ready to serve up our 10th annual offering of a free Christmas Day meal for anyone in Belfast who’s down on their luck or who’ll be at home alone on 25th December.

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Our free Christmas Day meal 2015

Christmas meal 2015 (Photo: Farouk Ateş)
An open door, a warm welcome, a shared meal

For the ninth year running, Common Grounds will be opening our doors to welcome new friends (and old ones) to share a free Christmas Day dinner with us. Read more

‘Cafe with a conscience’: Best Ethical Restaurant Awards 2015

We’ve done it again. For a second year, we’re runners-up in the Best Ethical Restaurant Awards  – voted by readers of the Observer Food Monthly.

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Dan scoops NI’s top barista award

So it’s official! Our very own Common Grounds manager, Dan Black, is Northern Ireland’s champion barista – scooping the top award at the first ever NI Barista Championships 2015. The competition was part of the NI Coffee Festival held in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter in September, and takes place all over the world.

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Generous café refugee volunteers step up to the mark

Dan Black manager with volunteer Stanley Piri

Common Grounds volunteers, who are refugees and asylum seekers, have taken part in running the café for a day – and all the proceeds have been donated to charities working in the developing world.

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Free Christmas Dinner 2014

Free Christmas meal

Know anyone down on their luck, new to Belfast or on their own at Christmas? This year, Common Grounds and City Church Belfast will be serving up our annual FREE dinner on Christmas day. Read more

Win: free coffee for a year

Win a free coffee for a year

Today, we hit another modern-day milestone… 4k Twitter followers! Not bad for a local community café in south Belfast!
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Five charities shortlisted for Big Charity Giveaway

Big charity giveaway

An award winning south Belfast café is preparing to give away its profits to local charities who focus on helping the global poor. Read more