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…

Oliveto at The Haddington, Dun Laoghaire

Overlooking the bay and Dun Laoghaire Pier, Oliveto  is an Italian bar and restaurant in The Haddington Hotel. Originally located nearby in The Pavilion, it moved to what was then The Kingston Hotel a few years ago. Recently Oliveto has taken over the running and operation of the entire hotel hence the rebrand to The Haddington,…

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….

Cavistons, Glasthule, Co. Dublin

Recently we visited a restaurant that has been on my list for a long, long time. I’m not quite sure why we had not been to Cavistons before but one thing I do know, we will be back very soon. I loved everything about Cavistons, the menu, place, food, staff, wine. A small restaurant next to…

The Best of July on Gin & Griddle

A few days into a new month already but here we are, the best of July on Gin & Griddle! A lot about our trip to Toronto in June but a couple of Dublin blogs too…coffee & brunch at Mima Coffee Co at Beechwood Luas station in Ranelagh

Fish Shack Cafe, Sandycove

When I saw Fish Shack was getting a permanent home in what used to be The Martello in Sandycove / Dun Laoghaire, I was very excited. Having enjoyed great fish and chips from the shack on the pier we were keen to see what the cafe would offer. So after a walk on the pier and…

Kitchen 62, Dun Laoghaire

Always keen to try out new places, when I saw a new restaurant had opened in Dun Laoghaire (one of our favourite places to go for walks and the market) I knew it wouldn’t be long before we found ourselves visiting Kitchen 62 so we booked in for brunch one Sunday recently.

Fallon & Byrne at The People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire

I was excited to see the news about Fallon & Byrne opening in what was formerly the Tea Rooms in The People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It seemed to take ages for it to open and I believe it was meant to do so before the Summer, but a few weeks ago the doors were finally opened….

Fish & Chips on the Pier – Ouzos Fish Shack, Dun Laoghaire

While we froze through August, September’s been ok, warm (ish) and the return of some of the missing August sunshine has lightened the mood! Launched back in March, the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire is where you will find the Fish Shack, a fantastic idea from Ouzos (Dalkey & Blackrock). I’m not sure how long…

A Snapshot of August on Gin & Griddle – Top 5

Little later than normal but here’s the round-up for August! 1. M&L Chinese Restaurant… the best chinese food in Dublin? Corn deep fried in egg yolk, dumplings, seabass, green beans and more… amazing. Read about our visit to M&L. 2. Sweet Treats! Salted Chocolate Krispie Squares & Rocky Road 3. Days out! We had a…

A Sunday Afternoon ~ Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey and back!

A recent Sunday late morning we ventured out towards Dun Laoghaire… walked the pier, ate nice things, wandered along the coast, enjoyed a glass or 2 of wine, had lunch in The Mermaid in Dalkey, back to Dun Laoghaire for Teddys! A pretty lovely day… We started off with a walk on the pier. I…