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Irish Lobster & Mango Cocktail Recipe by Neven Maguire for Simply Better
This New Gin Just Launched Exclusively in Ireland and Germany for a Reason
You’ll Have the Time of Your Life at this Dirty Dancing Prosecco Bar
This Enchanting Fairy lights Covered Treehouse is Airbnb’s Most Wanted
Free Pastry Friday – Pop-Up Café has a Special Treat for Customers
Greek Lamb Burger Recipe by Darina Coffey #TastyEasyLamb
Waterford Crystal Created Gorgeous Handcrafted Glassware for Premium Tequila Avión
Music to a Coffee Lover’s Ears – This Unique New Coffee Bar Just Opened in Cork City
This Dublin Café is Serving €2 Coffee During Caffeinated Happy Hour
2017 was Last Orders for Ireland’s Good Friday Alcohol Ban
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Top Stories

Marlfield House
Incomparable Opulence at Magical Marlfield - Marlfield House Review

Reviews

Marlfield House was originally built in 1852, one of two houses owned by the Stopfords who were the Earls of Courtown. Located on the outskirts of Gorey in County Wexford, It is considered a fine example of a rural regency-style house with architectural details including intricate plasterwork and classical-style chimneypieces. The building was modifi...

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Hotel & Luxury Escapes

Eccles Hotel
Experience the Wonder of West Cork with a 2 Night Bed & Breakfast for Two People at ECCLES Hotel Glengarriff, including an Artisan Charcuterie & Cheese Platter with a Bottle of Wine €139

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Eccles Hotel, this Grand Dame of properties is nestled along the impressive coastline of West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way. Steeped in 250 years of history and now restored to its former glory, this hotel has much to offer guests and lots to see and do in the local area. Previous guests to have enjoyed the renowned Eccles hospitality incl...

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Restaurant Reviews

Knockranny House Hotel Review - A Hotel Pushing all the Culinary Boundaries

Reviews

The wondrous Wild Atlantic Way initiative created by Failte Ireland has without doubt been a roaring success to date with visitor numbers to the West up year on year, one county which has benefitted greatly is Mayo. Often viewed by many locals as the forgotten beauty, Mayo has really come into its own. With Staycations on the rise and weekend escapes...

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A Walk and The Wildeside - Wildeside Cabinteely Restaurant Review

Reviews

Summer evenings in Dublin nearly demand migration to the cosy coastal villages we are lucky to have within touching distance of the city. On the hottest day of the year so far, a post work sea-side stroll was non-negotiable - the perfect way to whet our appetites after a day of listening to the Irish summer mantra of 'it's nearly too hot to eat!' Whi...

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Residence, St. Stephen Green
This Dublin Institution has a New Chef and the Food is Outstanding - Restaurant Forty One at Residence Review

Reviews

The boom is back or so they are saying..and while we may not have learned all we should from the errs of the Celtic Tiger some have learned more than others. A perfect case in point in Residence on Stephen's Green, once a bastion of excess, the previous private members club is undergoing quite the renaissance. Having recently been acquired by John Co...

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Sublime Irish Food with Hints of Asian Spice - The Cottage Restaurant Review

Reviews

On a recent road trip to Mayo it suddenly dawned on us that there are big advantages to not having a motorway on your doorstep. Well one mainly, the fact you actually get to experience all the little gems hidden across the Irish landscape. We decided to travel cross country on our return home, through the picture perfect town of Carrick on Shannon an...

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Getting to the Heart of Great Cooking at Kernel Bar & Kitchen - Restaurant Review

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Kernel Bar & Kitchen only opened a few months ago but already seems to be gaining a reputation for its simple, contemporary cooking. In many ways this is hardly surprising given the fact that the Chef/Proprietor is Maria Raftery, who many people will know from her 17 years as head chef in Zuni Restaurant, one of Kilkenny’s most po...

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A New Work of Art in Belfast - Gallery Café Breakfast Review

Reviews

"Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those peepers" cooed Louis Armstrong as I wandered in, wide-eyed, to one of the newest additions to Belfast's bustling restaurant scene. Hands down the most visually show-stopping of them all, Gallery Café on Dublin Road opened just last month and if we eat with our eyes, at Gallery the feast begins the second you wal...

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A Taste Explosion in Limerick – Aroi Asian Street Food Restaurant TheTaste
A Taste Explosion in Limerick – Aroi Asian Street Food Restaurant

News

Over the past couple of years, I have visited and reviewed many restaurants around Ireland for TheTaste.ie. I know that I am the envy of many but I never take for granted how fortunate I am to have the chance to do the thing that I love most. I fervently believe that our hospitality industry has come a long way in a relatively short time. This is due...

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Pot Bellied Pig Cafe Rathmines
Tickled Pink by this Cracking Café in Rathmines - Pot Bellied Pig Café Review

Reviews

In the heart of Rathmines there's a little café that will make yours skip a beat. Pot Bellied Pig opened in March in and instantly was a swoonworthy addition to our Instagram feeds as happy food and coffee lovers posted their flattys and pancake stacks with picture perfect backdrops. The ambience of Pot Bellied Pot lives in the deta...

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Wine

Love Crisp, Elegant Whites? These 6 Austrian Wines are Perfect for You
Love Crisp, Elegant Whites? These 6 Austrian Wines are Perfect for You

Drinks

Wine lovers of a lighter style of dry whites without any hint of oak, just glacial purity - Sauvignon Blanc, Chablis and Pinot Grigio - are making advances on Austria’s (Österrich) whites. Most of Austria’s vineyards are clustered to the east in the relatively less mountainous part of the country near Vienna (Wein), away from the famous Alpine s...

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Interviews

Simon Delaney Cookbook
The Funny Man Taking his Food Seriously – Actor & Presenter Simon Delaney on His New Cookbook

Interviews

Let's set the scene: two chefs take to the main stage at Taste of Dublin, there's a mackerel dish with a dash of Michelin star sparkle and lusciously layered gourmet burgers, a crowd that's as entertained as they it is informed, and just to top off the culinary spectacle one of Ireland's best-loved chefs gate crashes the demo. The Irish legend is Nev...

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Taste Reader Offers

L'Ecrivain August Offer
Experience the Magic of Michelin Starred l’Ecrivain Restaurant this August with a 3 Course Dinner for Two People for just €75

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Established by chef Derry Clarke and his wife Sallyanne over 27 years ago, l’Ecrivain restaurant on Baggot Street, Dublin 4 is still regarded as one of the country's leading restaurants.   At l'Ecrivain seasonal Irish ingredients given full French gastronomic treatment, consistently delivering exciting cuisine and unforgettable dining exper...

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Experience a decadent afternoon treat of Sparkling Fusion Tea for Two People at the fairytale setting of Clontarf Castle Hotel for €49.95
Experience a Decadent Afternoon Treat of Sparkling Fusion Tea for Two People in the Fairy-Tale Setting of Clontarf Castle Hotel for €49.95

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Clontarf Castle Hotel offers the perfect blend of old and new, mixing tradition and history with contemporary luxury. Located just 10 minutes from Dublin City Centre and 15 minutes from Dublin airport, this 12th century castle is the perfect setting for a luxurious afternoon.   Draw up a chair to the magnificent open fire in the stunning sett...

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Competitions

Win the Ultimate Premium Gin & Tonic Hamper from the Celtic Whiskey Shop
Win the Ultimate Premium Gin & Tonic Hamper from the Celtic Whiskey Shop

Competitions

Celtic Whiskey Shop and Wines on the Green on Dublin' Dawson Street is a multi award winning retailer and a mecca for any whiskey, wine or spirits lover. The store stocks a superb variety of spirits, both Irish and imported, including numerous unique and hard to find premium bottles of whiskey, gin and more. Those who appreciate a great Gin & Tonic w...

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Travel

Madrid Food Guide
Forego Siestas for Feasting in the Spanish Capital - Madrid Food & Drink Travel Guide

Travel

Madrid is a wonderful mix of Spanish culture, food, music and design with a metropolitan edge. The city is perhaps less visited than the likes of Barcelona or the Costa del Sol but it offers visitors the best of Spanish cuisine, tradition and energy. My heart lies in the Spanish capital and every time the plane touches down in Barajas airport I get b...

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More News & Reviews

Fantastic Family Hotels for the Perfect Summer Staycation

Features

If the thought of enduring the airport struggle and packing your little ones onto a plane has you dreading your summer break, why not pack up the car and plan a road trip to remember instead? Ireland is home to some incredible family friendly hideaways just waiting to welcome you and the gang. From fairy tale castles to sprawling estates with every a...

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Six Must-Visit Food Stalls at The Strandhill People's Market in Sligo

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From the beautiful scenery to the rich variety of food and drink, Sligo is a treasure trove for food lovers in Ireland. Visitors can enjoy freshly-caught fish in any local restaurant, indulge in Knocknarea honey and Lissadell oysters, or visit one of the many food markets. Map your own route through the country via the Sligo Food Trail. On the tra...

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Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants Dublin
18 of the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Dublin City

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It's almost hard to imagine that not too long ago eating out as a vegan or vegetarian in Dublin equated to ordering a 'veggie-side-as-main-course' or begging your skeptical friends to join you at one of the few dedicated vegetarian restaurants in the city. Ease of eating for vegetarians has come hand in hand with a jump in the number these vegetable-...

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14 Kids Cookery Classes and Summer Camps for Mini Master Chefs

Features

For kids, there is no downside to the summer holidays. Two whole months full of no homework, sunshine, and adventures. However to parents the sound of that final school bell ringing can bring with it a wave of panic on how you will keep them entertained for over 60 days, that's almost 1,490 hours to fill. If the image of them cooped up at home is ...

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Kids Cookery Class and Summer Camps Ireland
A Treasure Trail of Taste - Febvre Food and Wine Trail Belfast

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"Wine engages the mind, the stomach and the heart, unlike any other drink," explains TheTaste's wine expert Liam Campbell as we are seated in one of the most breath-taking dining rooms on this Isle, The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast. Having gathered to raise a toast to our host city's thriving food scene with f...

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A Night in the Kitchen at Luna - Behind the Scenes in One of Ireland's Best Restaurants

Features

On a rainy Thursday evening, Dublin's most glamorous dining room is filled with beautiful people, dressed to the nines to enjoy a memorable night at Luna. Having enjoyed many an evening in the red hot leather booths myself, tonight the tables have turned and I've swapped my cocktail best for chefs whites, and am peering out from the pass. My last bri...

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Luna Feature
10 Must-Try Gin Experiences you Can Only Enjoy in Ireland

Drinks

The gin tide is still high and by the look of things, the spirit can expect yet another summer of smooth sailing as its popularity keeps reaching record-breaking heights. It's a perfect storm, really: it needs no ageing so it can be produced and sold in a short period of time; distillers can infuse their products with a cornucopia of botanicals which...

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Food is Coming - Game of Thrones Food and Drink Experiences Around the World

Features

Winter has officially come to Westeros and with the nail-biting conclusion fast approaching, Game of Thrones fans may lose their appetites worrying about the fate of their favourite characters. So to prevent worrisome hunger in anticipation of the release of the seventh season on July 16th, take a look at some of the best Game of Thrones food experi...

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Kids Recipes
20 Kids Recipes to Keep the Little Ones Busy This Summer

Baking & Desserts

School's out for the summer! Kids everywhere will rejoice as they can now have lie ins, homework free evenings and maybe stay up past their bedtime. Now exhausted parents will be looking for ways to keep them occupied so they don't hear the dreaded "I'm bored" 100 times a day. So, here are 20 kids recipes from TheTaste's extensive recipe collection ...

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Bar Reviews

THE CHURCH REVIEW
This Unique Dublin City Centre Bar will Convert you - The Church Bar Review

Bars & Venues

A true gem of the north side, this inner city bar stands proud as a jewel in the sun on the end of one of Dublin’s busiest shopping streets. Having closed its doors as St. Mary's Church back in 1964, the building remained dormant for over three decades, falling into disrepair until eventually being sold to a developer who set about the extensive seven...

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More than a Shining Armour: Knights Bat at Clontarf Castle Hotel, Clontarf – Bar Review [July Edition]
This Stunning Pub Inside of a Castle is your Next Favourite Gastrobar

Bars & Venues

The majestic façade of the Clontarf Castle Hotel foreshadows the mixture of medieval grandeur and modern comforts that awaits those who walk through its entrance. Past the lobby of the 12th century building, the opulent blending of Arthurian magic and contemporary refinement continues and, as you arrive to the Knights Bar and behold your noble surroun...

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Cafe Review

Pot Bellied Pig Cafe Rathmines
Tickled Pink by this Cracking Café in Rathmines - Pot Bellied Pig Café Review

Reviews

In the heart of Rathmines there's a little café that will make yours skip a beat. Pot Bellied Pig opened in March in and instantly was a swoonworthy addition to our Instagram feeds as happy food and coffee lovers posted their flattys and pancake stacks with picture perfect backdrops. The ambience of Pot Bellied Pot lives in the deta...

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Featured Drink Stories

The Summer of the Spritzer Your Essential Guide to Spritz Cocktails
The Summer of the Spritzer - Your Essential Guide to Spritz Cocktails

Cocktails

There is an episode on the Simpsons, back from when the show used to be funny, that summarises everything we though we knew about spritzer cocktails: Homer takes Ned Flanders to Las Vegas and while the first holds on to what seems to be a strong and alcohol-heavy Tiki drink (little umbrella and funky container), the second hesitates: "I'll have a Shirle...

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How are We Really Drinking Irish Whiskey and Gin featured pic
How are We Really Drinking Irish Whiskey and Gin?

Drinks

There is no question about the rapidly growing popularity of Irish whiskey and gin. As sales go up and new distilleries open, it almost feels like a never-ending parade of product launches, festivals and tours to help spirit enthusiasts appreciate the bonanza. And while having a look at what's being offered in prestigious bars is a great way to spot ...

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Producer Spotlight

A Refreshing Concept in Craft Drinks – The Black Castle Drinks Story
A Refreshing Concept in Craft Drinks – The Black Castle Drinks Story

Features

More and more often, we see the word "craft" followed by "beer", "gin", "cocktail" and other stars in the alcoholic drinks universe. Black Castle Drinks, a brand of Irish craft soda, offers a refreshing approach to the trend both literally and figuratively, as their non-alcoholic drinks are aimed at adults and combine sophisticated flavours created to p...

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Improper Butter
It Just Gets Butter and Butter - Improper Butter on Their New Look and Product Range

Features

Committing with gusto to the theme of 'Flavours of the World', this year's Taste of Dublin was a riot of colour and feast of flavours as more than thirty chefs offered edible escapism serving up foreign delicacies. Though in pride of place at the mouth of the main thoroughfares a wooden clad food trailer promoting one of the most Irish ingredients o...

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Cookbook Review

Skinny Salads by Kathryn Bruton - Cookbook Review

Cookbook Reviews

An Irish food stylist taking the London scene by storm, mark my words you will be hearing the name Kathryn Bruton a hell of a lot more in the coming years. As is so often the case in the food world, Kathryn took the flickering beginnings of a culinary career and set them alight in one of the world's brightest burning food beacon cities, inhaling ev...

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Recipes