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,…

The Best of 2015 – Gin

The Gins I’ve loved this year…in no particular order – Whitley Neil, Bulldog, Dillons, Gin Mare, Dictador & Beefeater Whitley Neil – a premium London Gin, “Inspired by Africa, Made in England”, lots of citrus sweetness, a little florally with lingering peppery spice. A smooth, soft and balanced gin. Without doubt one of my all time favourites!

The Best of August on Gin & Griddle

Ok where did August go, not quite sure how its 31st August but nonetheless her we are… here’s the highlights from August on Gin & Griddle…

Beefeater Gin Bloody Mary

I had a brand new bottle of Beefeater Gin and wanted to put it to good use here on Gin & Griddle! So I thought a Bloody Mary (to accompany some rugby watching) seemed a perfect way to do this. Over the years I’ve had a love hate relationship with Bloody Marys…when they are good they…

Gastropub dining at Arthur Maynes, Donnybrook

Having visited for a drink a while ago I was keen to try Arthur Mayne in Donnybrook for food. An opportunity arose last week somewhat by accident as I had a table booked at a place in town however with the protests taking place though it more sensible to head out of town. Another challenge was…

Castlemartyr Spa & Golf Resort, Cork

The best place to start this series of blog posts about our recent holidays is with the beautiful Castlemartyr Resort. We stayed for 5 nights and it was truly one of the nicest holidays we have had, much of that due to our stay at Castlemartyr. The History (Briefly!)…The hotel itself is an old manor house. Before…

A Snapshot of September on Gin & Griddle – Top 5!

Well better late than never here are the highlights from September on Gin & Griddle! 1. Last of the outdoor dining including amazing fish & chips on the pier in Dun Laoghaire courtesy of the Ouzo’s Fish Shack …also dinner on the terrace of Asador… great early bird menu and a wonderful cheese board! 2. There…

Asador, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Following the Leinster v Scarlets match on a recent Saturday afternoon, we went for a wander into town to pick up a few bits and pieces and a drink while deciding on dinner. It was a bright and sunny evening so we fancied some outdoor dining, ringing Asador they confirmed they had tables outside free…

Gin Review ~ South, A New Zealand Gin

The Story   South Gin is made by the people behind 42 Below Vodka, in New Zealand, just north of Wellington. Founded by Geoff Ross, in 2001, it took 2 years to create the 1st batch of South Gin, a fresh Gin with roots firmly planted in the south pacific. The water used to make 42…

Burger & Lobster, London

I’ve wanted to try Burger & Lobster for a while now and on a work trip to London, I knew I had one evening free and was determined I was going to get there! Burger & Lobster is now 6 restaurants including the one I visited, on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London….

Cocktails & Eats at Peruke & Periwig, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Having been for drinks, I was eager to try Peruke & Periwig for food. There was some good reviews out there on the food; while some criticizing the lighting and so on, the overall feeling on food was that it was very good. So after a couple hours trying various wines at the O’Briens Wine…

Brunch at the Vintage Cocktail Club

A recent Sunday morning, bright, clear & crisp – the perfect autumnal day; we grabbed a quick take out coffee and wandered along Grafton street, on our way to look at the Brown Thomas Christmas windows which had been unveiled a few days before. The windows are undoubtedly very beautiful, with a theatrical theme, celebrating all…