Prezzo, Liffey Valley

At the start of the year, in February 2016, Prezzo opened its first restaurant in Ireland, in Liffey Valley in Dublin. Prezzo is a popular UK based Italian restaurant chain but don’t let the ‘chain’ word put you off. They describe what they are as “Italian casual dining with a touch of class” but does it live…

Review ~ Boodles Gin

The Gin Boodles London Dry Gin was born in the mid 1800s, taking it’s name from the London Gentleman’s Club – Boodles, of which Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming were famous members. Rumour says that Boodles was Winston Churchill’s favourite gin. The Gin disappeared for a time, but was re-born in 2013, as part of the…

Harbour Dining at Dockyard No.8, Bray

We find ourselves in in Bray now and again as we have family living there and there’s a few places we like to go for food and drinks. Lately we’ve really enjoyed a couple of visits to Dockyard No.8. With The Harbour Bar right next door for pre / post dinner drinks, it makes for…

Gin & Griddle – Updating and Upgrading…

A lack of blog posts the last week or so as I’m in the process of upgrading my website, moving from wordpress.com to .org and self hosted. It’s taking a few days but getting there. I’ll be adding a brand new theme and look in the coming weeks also. Please bear with me while this…

Brunch at Chez Max, Baggot Street

Ah summer, it’s finally arrived, and probably gone just as quickly… however the garden terrace of Chez Max on Baggot Street is where you can feel like it Summer at any time! If you can nab yourself a table, it’s a great brunch spot in the city. Chez Max is very much a traditional French brasserie in…

Gin Review ~ Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin

  The Gin It’s 1761, and in the north of England, Thomas Dakin began distilling gin. Gin was definitely not as trendy then as it is now yet he persevered. In 1809, his daughter-in-law Margaret became the first female distiller with the Greenall family becoming custodians of Thomas Dakin gin recipe in 1860. 200 years…

Review ~ Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, Dawson St.

One of our go-to, favourite restaurants is Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill on Dawson Street. Especially when you can sit on their terrace. It’s a fully covered, heated terrace so is an option year round. You can enjoy great food, wine and watch the world go by, my idea of heaven…

Review ~ Brunch at Craft, Harold’s Cross

Since Craft opened in Harold’s Cross earlier this year, it’s been on the go to list for many, reviewed by the cities finest critics and receiving praise aplenty. Craft is the epitome of neighbourhood dining, casual and reasonably priced yet with great food. Chef Phil Yeung (formerly Town Bar & Grill, Bang) and team are serving modern Irish…

Review ~ Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland

Galgorm Resort & Spa is set in over 150 acres of green fields and parkland with the River Maine flowing close by the hotel and through the estate. The hotel is an old house to the front, leading to a seamless, more modern extension. There are 122 guestrooms & suites, numerous restaurants and bars, and one of the things…

Event ~ Irish Gin & Tonic Fest, June 2016

A festival dedicated to Gin & Tonic. Irish Gin & Tonic Fest is taking place from June 20th -25th in venues throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. Once the festival underway, you can vote for your favourite Irish Gin & Tonic by using the #IrishGnT hashtag on twitter (@IrishBeverages) or by going to their Facebook page.

World Gin Day – 11th June 2016

World Gin Day is on this Saturday, 11th June. Organised by Gin Monkey and now in it’s 8th year, World Gin Day is a day to celebrate all things Gin! If I was in London I’d be at Junipalooza – a gin festival taking place in Tobacco Docks on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June. Alas…

Review ~ Cavistons, Glasthule, Co. Dublin

Recently we visited a restaurant that has been on my list for a long, long time. I’m not quite sure why we had not been to Cavistons before but one thing I do know, we will be back very soon. I loved everything about Cavistons, the menu, place, food, staff, wine. A small restaurant next to…