Tasting Menu at Mulberry Garden

It had been a while since our last visit to Mulberry Garden, so we booked in for a Friday evening in January. We hadn’t intended to have the tasting menu but when we got there, liking everything on it, we decided to go for it and settled in for an evening of delightful food and…

Valentines Gifts for Gin Lovers

For the one in your life that loves Gin, here are some ideas for nice gin gifts this Valentines Day. From Not on the High Street, M&S or just your local off licence….For my favourite gins of 2016 have a look here. Gin Botanical Garden With everything you need to sow, grow & mix. Designed…

The Wilds, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

On our way to Monart we decided to stop for lunch nearby in Enniscorthy. A little internet research found The Wilds; it looked perfect. Along with the cafe and deli, The Wilds is also a design and craft store. When we visited at the end of November, The Wilds was only new, and the design…

Urchin – New Bar at The Cliff Townhouse

The Cliff Townhouse have opened a new bar in their basement space on Stephen’s Green. We dropped by at the weekend for a pre-dinner drink. Urchin is bright and light (despite being the basement), contemporary in design with an exposed stone wall along one side. There’s a couple of really cute window tables with stools,…

Monart Hotel & Spa, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

At the end of November before the Christmas madness got underway, I spent a night in Monart with my mum and sister. It was really lovely to get away with them for the night, to spend time together and catch-up properly.  We booked a package called Midweek Haven. This included 1 nights’s deluxe accommodation with breakfast,…

Gin & Griddle – Top 5 Gins in 2016

Over Christmas and New Year I posted pictures and mini reviews of the gins I really enjoyed in 2016 to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Some new gins, some not so new, but all great. And here’s the top 5 from that round-up. I hope you enjoy reading, maybe learn about a new Gin and I…

The Best of 2016 on Gin & Griddle

So as 2016 draws to a close, before we jump in to 2017, its time to look back and reflect on the best of the year…. I love writing these posts, remembering the great places, food and experiences; I’ve appreciated and that have stayed with me afterwards… Enjoy and let me know what you think! best…

Woodfire & Green, Sandyford Industrial Estate

There’s a new lunch spot in town, well by town I mean Sandyford Industrial Estate… and it’s rather nice too. We went for a quick lunch and we will definitely be back soon…   Woodfire & Green Gourmet Kitchen is open for breakfast & lunch Monday to Friday and for Brunch on Saturdays. Luxe and contemporary…

Christmas Recipe ~ Mince Pie Pinwheels

Every Christmas I make mincemeat, lots of it, store it in jars, give some to family and friends and make lots of mince pies. I like to try different things with it and one of the best things is these puff pastry pinwheels. So easy to make and eat. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 x 375g puff…

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,…