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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…