Surge Coffee is finally here. 56 Clontarf Road was once home to the much loved Ebb & Flow and after a partial change in ownership and some stylish renovations, Clontarf has a new coffee shop. 

Partial change in ownership? Ebb & Flow regulars will be delighted to know former co-owner Fiona Fitzgerald is still at the reins but is now joined by Naiose, for what is Clontarf’s new mother and daughter ran hotspot , Surge Coffee.

The leading ladies have drafted in some coffee expertise in head barista Eoghan Newman, previously of Two Boys Brew and 3fe roasters. Surge is a movement of a wave and Naoise says not only does the name fit due to their coastal location, but the name really grasps her personality, as she likes to get things done fast. Naoise tells Dublin Social, “It’s been a year of hard work, but we are so happy to be finally open. It is great to see old customers and new, and so many dogs which we love at Surge! The support in the community has been great so far and we look forward to welcoming more friendly and furry faces throughout the summer.”


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It is not just the locals that are queuing up, last week Surge got a phonecall from a lady in Dalkey asking could she hold two of their sought after Coconut and Dulche De Leche Croissants

Those croissants are from the brilliant Medialuna and we highly approve, after scoffing the delicious Prosciutto, Gruyere & Tomato version topped with black olive tapanade.

Coffee comes from Belfast roasters Root & Branch and is brewed in their futuristic looking machine, The Slayer. Naoise proudly informs Dublin Social “It is the only one I’ve seen in the Ireland! They are a barista led machine which gives more control to the person making the coffee”


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Greenville Sandwiches are appearing ever more regularly in cafes across the city and it’s for good reason. We get stuck into ‘The Tandoori Chick’ – marinated tandoori chicken, roasted plum tomatoes, pickled red cabbage, peppery rocket and a zesty garlic mayo on organic sourdough. An excellent lunch and we promise ourselves to try the ‘Brisket & Chimichurri’ on our next visit.

Fiona and Naoise are no strangers to the community, running Salon 56 from the same address for the last 8 years. Also on site, The Barber Shop @ 56, Clontarf’s No.1 location for a Turkish hot towel shave I am informed.

The renovations include a shop front with large open inviting windows and a little bench for customers and dogs too. A black and white colour scheme creates a modern and stylish facade but with their super friendly staff, there is none of the coffee snobbery you might have experienced elsewhere.

Surge Coffee is open 8am – 5pm daily and is also a member of Squid Loyalty.