The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2

Monday of the Halloween bank holiday weekend and we were wandering in town, browsing in the shops with no real plan for the day other than we wanted to have a nice lunch somewhere. We ended up in The Shelbourne Hotel, a little bit by accident as a lot of places were closed but we…

The Great Big GIN Gift Extravaganza – Christmas 2016

Who doesn’t love Gin? Who doesn’t love Presents? Who doesn’t love Christmas? Well at Gin and Griddle we have the Solution – The Great Big Gin Gift Extravaganza – Christmas 2016 … ! We have looked at the best online Gin related gifts for friends and family, from stocking fillers to under the tree gifts –…

Oliveto at The Haddington, Dun Laoghaire

Overlooking the bay and Dun Laoghaire Pier, Oliveto  is an Italian bar and restaurant in The Haddington Hotel. Originally located nearby in The Pavilion, it moved to what was then The Kingston Hotel a few years ago. Recently Oliveto has taken over the running and operation of the entire hotel hence the rebrand to The Haddington,…

The Brasserie at The Marker – Dinner & Le Drunch

During our weekend break at The Marker we ate in The Brasserie twice, for dinner on Friday evening and Le Drunch on Sunday afternoon. Both very enjoyable visits with great food, good service and a nice ambiance, particularly on Sunday for Le Drunch. Enter The Brasserie at The Marker through the hotel lobby, left turn when you…

Event ~ The Aldi Christmas Wine Event

Last week we were invited to The Aldi Christmas Wine Event in Farrier & Draper, to sample and taste their Christmas offerings in sparkling, white, red, dessert wine and port. Sparkling Wine There were 5 offerings here. We first tried the Veuve Monsigny Champagne (€19.99), perfect Christmas morning tipple. It’s elegant, quite tart though but…

Stay by the Sea at The Haddington Hotel in Dun Laoghaire

We seem to be on a tour of Dublin with our recent mini holidays at The Shelbourne and The Marker. Last weekend it was the turn of The Haddington in Dun Laoghaire. Formerly The Kingston Hotel, The Haddington hotel is mid renovation with the team there slowly refurbishing rooms and amenities. They are making good progress though….

3 Gins to try this weekend…

A short gin review post for the weekend. Here are a few gins that I’ve been enjoying lately and I think you should try this weekend. Thin Gin from Ireland, Brockmans, an English Gin and Deaths Door from the US. All can be found here, I’ve included some stockists below also. So without further ado, read…

The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square

The Marker Hotel, with it’s white chequerboard facade, is modern, stylish and contemporary both outside and inside. We arrived by taxi, greeted at the doors and brought swiftly to the reception. A smooth check in, we spotted a room starting with a ‘1’ on our door key card and asked if there was a higher floor…

Forest & Marcy, Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Since Forest & Marcy opened a few months ago now it’s been on my list to visit. A small (very small) neighbourhood style wine bar and kitchen, Forest & Marcy is the sister venue of John & Sandy Wyer’s Forest Avenue. Chef Ciaran Sweeney is in the kitchen here at Forest & Marcy preparing mostly small…

The Coburg Restaurant at The Conrad Hotel, Dublin

Having stayed and dined at The Conrad Hotel Dublin a few times previously I was looking forward to visiting again, especially since they have undergone a huge refurbishment, including lots of changes with their new bar, Lemuel’s and restaurant, The Coburg. On entering the hotel, there’s a much more luxurious air to it’s previous incarnation, more befitting…

River Cottage at Airfield Estate

When an email promoting the River Cottage dinner at Airfield Estate landed in my inbox it was a quick click through to purchase tickets as this was a dinner and experience I was not missing out on. Tickets were priced at €65pp with the River Cottage dinner the highlight of Airfield’s Festival of Food weekend. The dinner was…

Blue Bar, Skerries

I spent all my summers as a child in Rush, Co. Dublin, in a house by the beach, at a time when Rush was not the town it is now. A sleepy, small, local town. Skerries was the next big town, and visits to Skerries for shopping, and food at times, when Stoops was one of…