48 hours in the Dock

Not quite the harsh sentence it sounds, a 48 hour weekend in London’s Docklands is a pleasure… After many years of visiting for business, we finally decided to skip Heathrow and staying in the Westend or Kensington for the weekend, opting for City Airport and the Docklands instead, we loved it and here is why……

Venice, CA – Where to Stay and What to Do, Eat and Drink

Our recent holiday over Christmas and New Years, began with a few nights in LA, staying close to Venice Beach. We both loved this area, and later in the trip added in another night here too. We would happily have spent more time around Venice Beach too. It’s a good place to start if you…

A Girls Night at Osprey Hotel, Naas

Take 6 ladies, friends for a long time but who don’t get to see each other as much as they would like, find a weekend date that everyone is free, and pick a hotel that meets criteria, not too far to travel, not too expensive, with a spa, restaurant, bar. We decided on Osprey Hotel…

#TigerStreetEats ~ Michelin Star Street Food

The MART Creative Hub, an industrial space in Portobello Harbour, was transformed for the much anticipated collaboration between Tiger Beer and the Singaporean Michelin star hawker chef Chan Hon Meng. Chef Chan’s street food stall in Singapore, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, was one of two street food stalls to receive a…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

With a few days off, and not wanting to travel far we decided to treat ourselves to a night in our home city, Dublin. We booked a room in The Shelbourne Hotel and headed into town early to fully enjoy our stay.

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…