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…

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…

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…

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…

World Gin Day – 11th June 2016

World Gin Day is on this Saturday, 11th June. Organised by Gin Monkey and now in it’s 8th year, World Gin Day is a day to celebrate all things Gin! If I was in London I’d be at Junipalooza – a gin festival taking place in Tobacco Docks on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June. Alas…

Breakfast at Balfes, Dublin

I had a day off work and a few things to do in town so I jumped on the luas into town early, and started my day with breakfast at Balfes. I had been here for drinks but never food so was keen to try it. Located next to and part of The Westbury Hotel,…

Tomatoes!

I posted some pictures on instagram when I made these and they went down so well I thought I’d post it here too. It’s not a recipe as such, just a great way to use and eat tomatoes and make them even tastier. Perfect in salads, on sandwiches, with pasta, chicken and whatever else takes…

Champagne Afternoon ‘Art’ Tea at The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

The Merrion Hotel has a large art collection and this is the inspiration for their Afternoon Tea. Art Tea at The Merrion 5 star hotel is a wonderful treat and delightful way to spend a few hours on an afternoon. The Merrion’s Drawing Rooms are sumptuous and luxurious and exactly where you would like to sip on…

James Street South, Belfast

While we were in Belfast for the weekend, we had what was probably our best meal at James Street South. It was lunch on Friday. We drove from Dublin that morning, dropped our car and bags into The Merchant and hopped in a cab to James Street South for our 1.30pm lunch reservation.

Seven Course Tasting Menu at the Lady Helen, Mount Juliet

We spent a lovely few days in Mount Juliet recently. One of the real reasons for going was to finally return to the Lady Helen, we hadn’t been back since it was awarded a Michelin star. We were staying in Mount Juliet on a package that included a seven course tasting menu on one evening. We…

Gin Review ~ Brockmans Gin

The Gin An English Gin, Brockmans is distilled in a 100 year old traditional copper still and made from a recipe of different botanicals; Juniper, blueberries, blackberries, cassia bark, liquorice, lemon peel, coriander, angelica, orange peel, almonds and orris. These 11 botanicals are steeped in pure grain spirit to release their oils and aromas. Brockmans was born in 2007,…