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…

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…

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…

Canal Views at Angelinas, Percy Place

I’ve watched 55 Percy Place grow from a hole in the ground to what it is now, over the last year or so as I passed it on the route from Luas to office a couple of days a week. Seeing that a restaurant was opening, I was excited to find out who was going…

The Best of 2015 – Main Courses

Continuing on, these are our favourite main courses from 2015… 1. Amazing pasta at Toto’s in London… so simple the ravioli filled with buffalo ricotta with fresh tomato sauce was delicious and a super meal to start of 2015 when we visited London in January.

October & November Favourites on Gin & Griddle

2 months for the price of 1 in this blog post! November has passed in a blur of speediness and general busy-ness, as is evident on Gin & Griddle with a paltry 3 posts only this month. Sometimes life and work have to take precedence over blogging and I’m ok with that… but to the…

Catch 22, Dublin 2

With a day off work, I took the bus into town and spent a couple of hours wandering, browsing and shopping, picking up a couple of nice things in Cos and Brown Thomas and then made my way to Catch 22 to meet for lunch. I’d heard good things and was keen to try it…

The Boathouse Bistro, Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

This is the stunning setting of The Boathouse Bistro at Dromquinna Manor in Kenmare. Dromquinna has many strings to its bow…40 acres of waterside parkland planted, a manor house dating from the 1890s, luxury camping (or glamping!), private event and dining space as well as the restaurant, The Boathouse Bistro. The boathouse itself dates from…

Mulcahys Restaurant, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

We spent a few days in Kenmare at the end of August. Our favourite meal of the trip was at Mulcahy’s Restaurant. We enjoyed the most beautiful food, especially the fish, along with great wine. And for our group of 7 we all agreed that Mulcahy’s was a standout dining experience. 

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…

Toronto Part 2: Review ~ The Chase Fish & Oyster, Toronto

Downtown Toronto on a Sunday evening can be tricky – the restaurants are geared and aimed at business so Sunday is often a day off. But we did come across The Chase and booked in for dinner. Located in a 19th century building on Temperance Street, The Chase is essentially 2 spaces, on the top…