Dunne & Crescenzi, Blackrock

We’ve found ourselves in Blackrock a few times recently and we were excited to see that Dunne & Crescenzi has opened in the Blackrock Shopping Centre (in the same unit as Clodagh McKenna’s place was previously).  I’ve always liked Dunne & Crescenzi and their Dundrum offering, L’Officina, especially in the Summer months when you can…

Richmond Restaurant, Dublin 2

I am definitely late to the Richmond party but as the saying goes, better late than never! I plan to rectify this now with further visits to this super neighbourhood restaurant. Located in Portobello, on the right hand side as you leave town heading towards Rathmines. For those of you old enough to remember, it’s…

Wilde at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2

With an afternoon off work, and fancying a nice lunch with a glass or two of wine, we headed into town, with WILDE in The Westbury Hotel our destination. We didn’t book as it was a weekday and we were also a little later than lunchtime. When you enter the hotel, just off the lobby…

Four Gins from Germany

Right now there are four different German gins sitting in my collection so I thought it was a good chance to talk about them here. Probably the best known of all German gins internationally is Monkey 47, a superb gin and featured on my favourites of 2016 list with ease. but the other gins listed…

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…

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…