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A Stylish New Multi-Venue Bar will Open in Limerick’s O’Connell Street Tomorrow
The Best Possible Taste Podcast – Michael Corbett From Emerald Oils And More
Social Gallery – Emirates Brings a Taste of Dubai to Dublin to Celebrate Two Millionth Passenger on Dublin Route
Dublin’s Most Luxurious Bar Opens Today in the Basement of Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club
Over 10 Million Visitors Helped Make 2017 The Best Year For Irish Tourism
Looking for Ginspiration? Here are Six New Irish Gins you Need to Try Now
This Slick New Restaurant Looks Well Worth a Trip to Maynooth
Cheese and Gin – Two of Our Favourite Products Join Forces This Christmas
This Weekend’s Christmas Market at Lilliput Stores Celebrates All That’s Made in Stoneybatter
You Can Get an Engraved Bottle of Hennessy Cognac and it’s All we Want for Christmas
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Top Stories

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire...Top Chefs Share Their Favourite Christmas Food Memories

Features

We all have cherished food memories that make us close our eyes and immediately give us a Christmas feeling, or that one ingredient or dish that the festive season just wouldn’t be the same without. Dee Laffan spoke to a selection box of Ireland’s best chefs to find out what Christmas tastes like to them, from fried Panettone to cold Brussels spr...

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Survey

Win a €250 Taste Gift Voucher by completing our Taste Christmas Survey 2017

Competitions

At TheTaste.ie we pride ourselves on understanding what makes our readers tick, especially when it comes to anything food related. This December we would welcome your views on how you plan to celebrate Christmas this year and what food you are going to enjoy throughout the festive season. 
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Christmas Gift Guide

The Dylan Hotel
The Perfect Christmas Gift - A 3 Course Dinner and a Bottle of Wine for 2 People at 5 Star Boutique Dylan Hotel for only €60

Gifts

Dublin’s leading five star boutique hotel, Dylan has always been a hot spot in Ballsbridge. They offer opulent contemporary comfort in a unique landmark property.   Tavern Restaurant is an intimate dining experience; their menus are fresh, light and locally sourced from high quality producers. Savour a taste bud tantalising menu from execut...

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Crimson Deluxe Room Ice house hotel
Delight in a Luxurious Escape at The Ice House Hotel: 2 Nights for Two in a Deluxe Room with Full Irish Breakfast, 3 Course Dinner, €40 Spa Credit and Late Checkout for €299

Gifts

The Ice House Hotel in Mayo is truly one of Ireland’s coolest hotels. A surprising retreat, the hotel is perched on the edge of the River Moy Estuary in North Mayo.   Lovingly restored from its historic status as a 19th Century “Ice Store”, today, transparent modern glass structures marry the original 19th century building with cool and...

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Restaurant Reviews

Pichet Launches the Ginstitute and Our Thirst for Knowledge Just Intensified
Perfection at Pichet - Why This Dublin Stalwart is Worth Revisiting

Reviews

"How about Pichet?" I mused as we pondered aloud relatively last minute Friday night dinner plans recently, knowing full well any chance of nabbing a table at one of Dublin's new Bib Gourmand spots was slim. The Bib, you see, ticks all the boxes for me when it comes to weekend dining - small, charming eateries, budget friendly and blow-out menu options ...

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A True Highlight on the Galway Food Scene - Brasserie on the Corner Review

Reviews

Eglington Street: Post a letter, gawk in the window at the MAC counter, or Carbon for the shift to forget. That’s what Eglington street means to many. It was a surprise to me (and also embarrassing) that a real brasserie – you know those Balthazar-type cozy places with a red hue from leather studded seats, candles, savvy barmen who know their mar...

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TheMarker Hotel
Style and Substance - The Brasserie at The Marker Review

Reviews

While summer has its undeniable allure for many reasons - the odd dry day, the grand stretch in the evenings to name a few, for me, it is the temptations of autumn and winter which take pride of place on my list of favourite foods. Wild game, truffles, celeriac and chestnuts (roasting on an open fire, where possi...

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One of Ireland's Most Vibrant Hotels in the Heart of Galway - House Hotel Review

Reviews

A sunny day in Galway is a rare commodity indeed but somehow the jewel in the West's crown always seems to shine despite the semi-permanent misty rain. Perhaps it is the vibrant colours and cobbled streets, snug-like bars and atmosphere, but I think some of its allure is surely attributable to the genuine céad míle fáilte Galwegians offer. A recen...

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More than Just a Room with a View - The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel Review

Reviews

There are few people who have passed through the impressive doors of The Meririon Hotel that wouldn't admit to having a soft spot for this five star location in one of Georgian Dublin’s finest settings. So when news came of a multi million euro investment in the hotel and a complete redesign and rebrand of the renowned Cellar restaurant, many an ey...

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This Must Visit Restaurant is One of Belfast's Best Kept Secrets - The Muddlers Club Review

Reviews

When it comes to a city break there has never been a more exciting time to visit Belfast, favourable exchange rates, great bars, good shopping and a vibrant restaurant scene make this city one of our favourite foodie hotspots at the moment. There are very few restaurants we haven't sampled in these parts as we regularly take the short two hour drive ...

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A New North-Side Neighbourhood Gem - Gourmet Food Parlour Santry

Reviews

Chances are, you're already familiar with Gourmet Food Parlour. After ten successful years, what began as a petite tapas bar in Dun Laoighaire is now a collection of eateries dotted across Dublin, meaning you're never too far away from a "GFP". The latest addition to the empire popped up in Santry earlier this year and we welcomed it with open arms, jus...

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Dylan McGrath's New Bar is a Seductive Addition to the City - Bonsai Dublin Review

Reviews

Syrupy daiquiris and their atrocious associates are on their deathbeds, and this craft cocktail revolution is a funeral we will happily toast to. Innovative elixirs are the order of the day and are taste experiences in themselves, to be sipped and savoured. The best cocktail menus are those which make committing to just one far too difficult, as we d...

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Wine

The Wine Trends that Made 2017 and the Sommelier Secrets for What 2018 Brings
The Wine Trends that Made 2017 and the Sommelier Secrets for What 2018 Brings

Drinks

Some things are almost certain within the arena of wine. Lush Burgundy Pinot, austere Amarone and the ever moving spindle of rich Bordeaux elegance are with us from year to year. The passionate, humble winemakers, the character of each bottle, it's somewhat reassuring. The year of wine in 2017 was a tough one for many regions that had little to clink...

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Interviews

Bridging the Skills Gap and Building Foodies - Niall McKenna on His Chef Apprenticeship Programme

Interviews

"I was very very lucky, from a young age I was very much focused on becoming a chef. You ask most kids nowadays what they want to do and you get a dumb look on their face, they haven't got a clue", says Niall McKenna, one of Northern Ireland's most prominent chefs and the restaurateur behind much-lauded James Street South, Hadski's, Cast and Crew and Th...

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Christmas Party Offer

The Westbury Hotel
Celebrate a Group or Small Office Magical Christmas Party at The Westbury for €1000 for 10 people

Events

  The Westbury not only surrounds its guests in luxury and style, it places them at the very centre of the city’s social and cultural riches.   A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, The Westbury occupies a prime position between Trinity College and St Stephen's Green; perfectly located for explori...

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More Taste Reader Offers

Washerwoman Offer 5
Enjoy a 2 Course Dinner with a Glass of Wine for Two at The Washerwoman for €50

Gifts

  The Washerwoman is on Glasnevin Hill (called locally Washerwoman’s Hill due to the local story of many washerwomen out on the hill with their mangles etc washing clothes in the Tolka river!). It’s been a well-loved and treasured restaurant in the area for years now, and is housed in a charming stone cottage which dates in ...

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Competitions

Westin Comp
Win a 5 Star Luxurious Overnight Escape to The Westin Dublin with Dinner in Morelands Grill

Competitions

Situated in Dublin city centre, the Westin Dublin is a luxury 5-star hotel. Enjoying an enviable location on the doorstep of Trinity College Dublin and Grafton Street, a renewal and calming experience awaits each guest. Legendary and personalized service from the team at the Westin Dublin ensures a memorable trip to the capital. Indulge in a deliciou...

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Events

 

Travel

The Captivating Capital of Andalucía - Magnificent Seville is Spain at its Finest

City Breaks

Just like its famous flamenco dancers, Seville is full of history, charm and passion. From the winding, narrow streets leading to Plaza de España and the gothic masterpiece that is the city’s cathedral, Seville isn’t just a city that impresses you, it draws you in and demands that you appreciate every part of it. From Roman ruins to magnificent ...

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More News & Reviews

12 Irish Stocking Fillers to Eat, Drink and Be Merry This Christmas

Features

Christmas is a time for indulging and giving the gift of deliciousness to your loved ones, and there is something so thoughtful about choosing a treat based on someone's own unique taste. Whether you are gifting your gin drinking buddy, your whiskey loving boss or your chocoholic workmate, our 12 Irish-made stocking fillers and gifts tick all the box...

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Time to Hit The Slopes - Why Skiing Should be Added to Your Holiday Bucket List

Europe

Ski season is well and truly upon us, so whether you’ve been inspired by the athletes in the Winter Olympics or Ed Sheeran’s very romantic ‘Perfect’ music video, skiing is one of those sports that seems to appeal to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been skiing from a very young age or if you’re contemplating breaking out your Bambi...

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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire...Top Chefs Share Their Favourite Christmas Food Memories

Features

We all have cherished food memories that make us close our eyes and immediately give us a Christmas feeling, or that one ingredient or dish that the festive season just wouldn’t be the same without. Dee Laffan spoke to a selection box of Ireland’s best chefs to find out what Christmas tastes like to them, from fried Panettone to cold Brussels spr...

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Deck the Tables with Tea and Cake - The 21 Festive Afternoon Teas of Christmas 2017

Features

December is a month dedicated to delicious indulgence. From the constant supply of mince pies in the office, to an endless run of after work drinks, and that's all in the lead up to the big day, which in most homes is a sumptuous feast of excess. Though there is another festive food event that is becoming a tradition among many in the run up to Christma...

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Conrad Dublin Afternoon Tea
Sharpen Your Skills - 18 of the Best Cookery Schools in Ireland

Features

Ireland is fast gaining a reputation as a culinary destination, with not only amazing restaurants, artisan producers, and an array of food festivals but also world class cookery schools across the country. You don't need to be a visitor to our shores to indulge in a culinary adventure though, and with many of these schools run by some of Ireland's mo...

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24 Hours in Limerick - The Best Places to Eat, Drink and Sleep

Ireland

Limerick is a vibrant city in the west of Ireland. From historical sites like King John’s Castle and St Mary's Cathedral to family activities in People's Park and Thomond Park, there's more to Limerick than meets the eye. The city is easy to reach from the nearby Shannon airport and with plenty to do, odds are you're going to get hungry. Read on to...

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Christmas Coffee Break 2
Here are the Best Cafés to Visit During the Christmas Shopping Craze in Dublin City

Features

It's that time of year when, armed with an extensive gift list, you head into town to tackle the Christmas shopping. Thankfully, with the festive lights turned on and the streets buzzing with seasonal cheer it's very easy to get into the spirit. Though hours spent on your feet trawling the wonderful variety of stores Dublin City has to choose from ca...

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Plan Your Christmas Eve in Dublin City with the Best 5 Spots for Breakfast, Brunch and Drinks

Features

While Christmas Day might be the pinnacle of our holiday feasting, for many Christmas Eve is just as wrapped up in food and drink traditions. Falling on a Sunday this year, our association with it as a family day will be all the more enhanced and what better way to start the celebrations than with a little outing with the clan for breakfast. P...

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Christmas Dublin
Hello 2018 - The Best Spots To Ring in The New Year in Dublin

Features

It’s so difficult trying to plan what to do for New Year’s Eve the day or week before. So why not spare yourself the stress and let someone else throw the celebration for you. From bars and restaurants to hotels and events, let your New Year’s Eve take care of itself. Below are a number of great New Year’s Eve packages to ensure you get your ...

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TheTaste Ultimate Christmas Recipe Guide

Features

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, not least because gorging on the most delicious foods is encouraged, if not expected. Indulgence comes as standard and the phrase "if you can't treat yourself at Christmas, when can you?" will get you out of most predicaments. From stocking the kitchen with the most delectable of seasonal bakes for whe...

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Bar Reviews

Where Old School Pints and Trendy G&T Globes Clink - Chambers Bar Review
Where Old School Pints and Trendy G&T Globes Clink - Chambers Pub Review

Bars & Venues

Few places can make you feel more at ease than a great Irish pub. With neatly preserved interiors to please your eyes, real hospitality, a well stocked bar and a hearty food menu to charm your palate, Chambers Pub is one of the highlights of Merrion Row, a street were standing out is quite the challenge given the variety and quality of neighbouring op...

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Lemon & Duke Bar Review
The Ultimate Spot to Eat, Drink and Be Merry Near Grafton Street - Lemon & Duke Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Grafton Street at Christmas is simply magical: the lights, the festive energy, the music and of course, the shopping, combine to make one feel like a character from a holiday movie. If you know where to look, the enchantment will continue once you're ready for a bite or a drink (or both), but during the busiest of seasons, sometimes finding a table is ...

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Coffee & Cafe Review

Five Gifts for the Coffee Lover
Five Gifts to Surprise your Favourite Coffee Lover this Christmas

Drinks

December has just kicked off. That can mean only one thing: Christmas is approaching at warp speed. As a result, buying gifts has moved to the top of your priority list. After all, you don't want to end up with random stocking fillers. If you have coffee devotees at home or among friends, you might like to buy something to help them elevate their pas...

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This Contemporary Cafe is a Sweet Addition to Dublin City Centre - Honey Truffle Café Review

Reviews

With its modern grey and red shop front, Honey Truffle is a newly opened eatery on the bustling, but sparsely populated food-wise, Pearse Street that you can't help but notice. The contemporary signage and full length window will draw you in, and once inside the space continues to ooze style. Clad in white and soaked in natural light, with ar...

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Featured Drink Stories

We Whiskey a Merry Christmas - 10 Irish Bottles to Wrap and Wow
We Whiskey a Merry Christmas - 10 Irish Bottles to Wrap and Wow

Drinks

There are numerous presents you can give to the whiskey lover in your life (who could be yourself, and that's perfectly valid) this Christmas: from whiskey stones made from Connemara Marble, to a good book about the tipple closest to his or her heart (we thoroughly enjoyed Peter Mulryan's The Whiskeys of Ireland, for example). If you're on a budget,...

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Port and its Many Styles
Not Just for Christmas - Discover the Many Styles of Port Wine

Drinks

It was only when standing in a tasting room in 2000, with Nick Delaforce, Port winemaker with Niepoort, that I had a eureka moment. Port is not one thing. There are many different Port styles and that is without even contemplating the different areas, multitude of grape varieties and range of producers in the area that is one of the oldest demarcated wi...

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Producer Spotlight

Sharing Passion Through Beautiful Handmade Desserts - The Le Patissier Story

Interviews

Robert Bullock, owner and founder of Le Patissier, has always had a great love of food, something he believes stemmed from his mother’s weekend baking: "My mum is a very good cook and she’d always be making cakes at the weekend and I was always first to lick the bowl so to speak. So really, my passion started there." Following his time at scho...

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Recipes