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…

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.

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…

Gin Review ~ Boodles Gin

The Gin Boodles London Dry Gin was born in the mid 1800s, taking it’s name from the London Gentleman’s Club – Boodles, of which Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming were famous members. Rumour says that Boodles was Winston Churchill’s favourite gin. The Gin disappeared for a time, but was re-born in 2013, as part of the…

Harbour Dining at Dockyard No.8, Bray

We find ourselves in in Bray now and again as we have family living there and there’s a few places we like to go for food and drinks. Lately we’ve really enjoyed a couple of visits to Dockyard No.8. With The Harbour Bar right next door for pre / post dinner drinks, it makes for…

Gin & Griddle – Updating and Upgrading…

A lack of blog posts the last week or so as I’m in the process of upgrading my website, moving from wordpress.com to .org and self hosted. It’s taking a few days but getting there. I’ll be adding a brand new theme and look in the coming weeks also. Please bear with me while this…

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…