DeVille’s ~ Dalkey

As anyone who follows Gin & Griddle on Instagram or Twitter will know, we go to Dalkey quite often. We lived there for a long time, it was his before we met and we lived there together until just after we got married. It’s a special place for us, and somewhere we hope to live…

California Dreaming (of Wine!)

We were delighted to attend the California Wine Fair 2017 in the Shelbourne Hotel, last Thursday 28th of September. This first event in Dublin was a chance to reintroduce California wine to the Public and Trade. California Wine has suffered under the burden of excise increases and reduced spending on premium wine in Ireland over…

Grapevine ~ Dalkey

Wine shops cum wine bars seem to be increasingly popular, from Green Man Wines in Terenure, Blackrock Cellar in Blackrock, 64 Wine in Glasthule to name a few but the one we love the most is Grapevine in Dalkey. Wine shop wine bar … @grapevine_dalkey the best one there is! Last night we enjoyed a…

Event ~ The Aldi Wine Lover’s Sale (Summer 2017)

Last week we were invited to The Aldi Wine Lover’s Sale in the Cliff Town House on St. Stephen’s Green, to sample and taste their latest offerings. With a selection of sparkling, white, rose and red, the wines are the perfect match for an August Bank Holiday BBQ. All the wines are available from their 129…

TriBeCa – Ranelagh, D6

An oldie but a goodie on Gin & Griddle today, with one of our favourite spots for a bite to eat, especially on a weekend afternoon, TriBeCa in Ranelagh. Of course it helps that they have the best chicken wings in Dublin (bold statement I know!). Actually there are two places that have the best…

Richmond Restaurant, Dublin 2

I am definitely late to the Richmond party but as the saying goes, better late than never! I plan to rectify this now with further visits to this super neighbourhood restaurant. Located in Portobello, on the right hand side as you leave town heading towards Rathmines. For those of you old enough to remember, it’s…

Tasting Menu at Mulberry Garden

It had been a while since our last visit to Mulberry Garden, so we booked in for a Friday evening in January. We hadn’t intended to have the tasting menu but when we got there, liking everything on it, we decided to go for it and settled in for an evening of delightful food and…

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,…

Event ~ The Aldi Christmas Wine Event

Last week we were invited to The Aldi Christmas Wine Event in Farrier & Draper, to sample and taste their Christmas offerings in sparkling, white, red, dessert wine and port. Sparkling Wine There were 5 offerings here. We first tried the Veuve Monsigny Champagne (€19.99), perfect Christmas morning tipple. It’s elegant, quite tart though but…

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…

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…