Butler & Barry, Bray

Right on the seafront, with commanding views of the beach, from Bray head around to Dalkey Island and beyond, it really is a great setting for Bray’s newest restaurant, or gastrobar, Butler & Barry. Butler & Barry, the story goes, were two eccentric gentlemen who travelled the world in the 1920s and 1930s. They returned…

Gin Review ~ Blackwater Wexford Strawberry Irish Gin

On the banks of the Blackwater River, just outside Cappoquin in  West Waterford, is Blackwater Distillery. And here at Blackwater Distillery they are making a gin with Wexford strawberries… The Gin Alongside their original No.5 Gin, Blackwater Distillery also make speciality gins including this one with freshly picked Wexford strawberries. The Strawberry gin is produced…

TriBeCa – Ranelagh, D6

An oldie but a goodie on Gin & Griddle today, with one of our favourite spots for a bite to eat, especially on a weekend afternoon, TriBeCa in Ranelagh. Of course it helps that they have the best chicken wings in Dublin (bold statement I know!). Actually there are two places that have the best…

Dublin Bay Cruise – Dun Laoghaire to Howth

Last week we enjoyed one of the nicest sunny June weeks I can remember in a while. We were both off work for the week and with the fine weather we were drawn to the coast. On Monday we visited Dun Laoghaire, walked the pier and soaked up the sunshine. Whilst walking the east pier, we…

Gin Review ~ Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin

The Gin The Glendalough Distillery was established in 2011 by 5 friends who wanted to revive the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. They started with poitín in 2012, then whiskey and then onto Gin… Traditionally they released seasonal gins with their first gin released in summer 2014. Guided by Geraldine Kavanagh from Wicklow Wild Foods, local botanicals,…

Gin Review ~ Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin

Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin has been on my gin wish list for a long time now. I was very pleased to see it included in the recent gin sale in Dunnes Stores recently so I happily picked up a bottle and it’s now sitting proudly in my Gin collection! The Gin Justin…

Lobstar, Monkstown

Anytime we have been in Monkstown, we have looked wistfully in the window of Lobstar, never having a booking and it always being busy meant we had to walk on! So this time, we booked ahead, for brunch on St. Patrick’s Day and as it happened it was quiet while we were there, through the early…

Dunne & Crescenzi, Blackrock

We’ve found ourselves in Blackrock a few times recently and we were excited to see that Dunne & Crescenzi has opened in the Blackrock Shopping Centre (in the same unit as Clodagh McKenna’s place was previously).  I’ve always liked Dunne & Crescenzi and their Dundrum offering, L’Officina, especially in the Summer months when you can…

Richmond Restaurant, Dublin 2

I am definitely late to the Richmond party but as the saying goes, better late than never! I plan to rectify this now with further visits to this super neighbourhood restaurant. Located in Portobello, on the right hand side as you leave town heading towards Rathmines. For those of you old enough to remember, it’s…

Wilde at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2

With an afternoon off work, and fancying a nice lunch with a glass or two of wine, we headed into town, with WILDE in The Westbury Hotel our destination. We didn’t book as it was a weekday and we were also a little later than lunchtime. When you enter the hotel, just off the lobby…

Four Gins from Germany

Right now there are four different German gins sitting in my collection so I thought it was a good chance to talk about them here. Probably the best known of all German gins internationally is Monkey 47, a superb gin and featured on my favourites of 2016 list with ease. but the other gins listed…

Room 209 @ The Haddington Hotel

We returned to stay at The Haddington Hotel in December for my birthday, having previously stayed and loved it. You can have a read about that stay here. On this visit we booked an upgraded room, and it was so gorgeous I thought I’d share. It’s worth adding here that I’m not affiliated in any…