Food & Drink

Now Open!

Il Fico at Mermaid

The café at Mermaid Arts Centre is open.

We are thrilled to welcome Il Fico to Mermaid. Il Fico is the team behind 31 Lennox in Portobello and has opened its doors at Mermaid to share their culinary delights.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday (8am - 4.30pm)

8am Open for coffee and teas

8.30am to 11.30am Breakfast Menu

11.30am to 4pm Lunch Menu

4.30pm Close

Pre-show and interval drinks bar (opens 1 hour before shows start)

Saturdays (9am - 4.30pm)

All day breakfast menu from 9am to 4pm

11.30 - 4pm Lunch menu

4.30pm Close

Pre-show and interval drinks bar (opens 1 hour before shows start)

Closed Sundays

Sample MENU here

And why the name Il Fico?

Il Fico is Italian for fig tree. The inspiration came from the fabulous fig tree that once thrived in the sheltered garden of St Cronan’s House, beside Mermaid. The house was built in 1826 for the Parish Priest of the Holy Redeemer Church.

Originating in Asia Minor, the culinary fig (Ficus carica) is also one of the earliest species of fruit cultivated by humankind and not only for its sheer mouth-watering deliciousness. No wonder the late, great food writer Elizabeth David wrote that eating ripe figs straight from the tree "in the very early morning when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the great pleasures of the Mediterranean".

By the mid 1800s fig trees could be found in gardens of the large houses in Ireland. In Ireland the growing of fig trees was generally in hot houses as they were very prone to frost.

(Our thanks to Brian White, Bray Cualann Historical Society, for this information and for inspiring the Il Fico name!)

Other restaurants in the area

There are a range of other restaurants close to Mermaid Arts Centre.

Koi Japanese Restaurant & Ling Chinese (right beside Mermaid)

Rara Restaurant (Fine Indian & Nepalese Cuisine) - (Main Street)

Pink Salt (Main Street)

Platform Pizza - (Strand Rd)

Butler & Barry - (Strand Rd)

McGettigan's - (Main Street at the Royal Hotel)

Jasmine House - (Main Street)

A selection of other restaurants in the Bray area can be viewed here

Self Catering Accommodation in Wicklow:

Croneybyrne Courtyard Self Catering Holiday Homes