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…

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…

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…

Seafood Gastropub ~ Matt the Thresher, Dublin 2

  Having been to Matt the Thresher a few times, we returned again a couple of weeks ago, with my parents, for a mid week dinner & catch up before they headed away on holidays. Luckily we had a table booked as the place was busy enough, we had a nice circular booth in the…

Super Miss Sue, Dublin 2

  Super Miss Sue has been on my ‘to visit’ list for a long time, pretty much since it opened. Between one thing and another, including a couple of times stopping by and there being no tables, we hadn’t managed to make it. But last week, we did… and it was well worth it. We also…