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Festive Booze Cabinet Sorted – Aldi Reveals New Line of Eight Affordable Gins including a ‘Victoria’ Pink Gin
This Grey Goose Limited Edition Pop-Up Bar is Coming to Dublin For Two Days Only
Travel Tuesday – Plan Ahead With This Week’s Best Travel Deals
Shaken Not Stirred! The Second Annual Irish Cocktail Fest Takes Place This October
Make Your Own Miracles – You Can Now Turn Water Into Prosecco
One Giant Step for Vegans – Vegan Baileys Finally Lands on This Side of the Atlantic
Wedding Bells? This Stunning Dublin Venue is Holding a Wedding Fair on Sunday
This Sharp and Elegant Sicilian will Challenge your Opinion on Italian White Wines
Gin for Breakfast? Is Alcoholic Yoghurt a Step to Far in the ‘Ginovation’ Trend?
Winter Wanderlust – Imagine Gazing up at The Northern Lights From a Glass Igloo
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Top Stories

This Five Star Resort is a Must Visit Jewel in Kerry's Crown - Park Hotel Kenmare Review

Reviews

There are few places that have such a warm place in our hearts as the Kingdom of Kerry, although a fair trek from Dublin City, as we found out last weekend, it is more than worth the scenic drive down south. Our destination was the picture perfect town of Kenmare, a tourist’s paradise, with authentic old world bars dotted on every corner and plenty...

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Hotel & Luxury Escapes

Treat Yourself to a Fabulous Luxury Escape at The Westin with Overnight Stay and Cocktails
Treat Yourself to a Wonderful Luxury Escape at The Westin Dublin with Overnight Stay for 2 people and Cocktails in The Mint Bar for €290

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The Westin Dublin sits on the doorstep of Trinity College Dublin, in an enviable city centre location and on the soon-to-be-open new cross city Luas line. This luxurious 5-star hotel offers a flawless level of service that ensures a relaxing and memorable experience for guests in the stunning 19th century historic buildings. The hotel’s prime location...

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Restaurant Reviews

Versailles-Like Splendor and Timeless Luxury - The K Club Review

Reviews

"It would be a lovely little country if we could only roof it", I thought to myself on the drive to Straffan, Co. Kildare, with the dregs of Hurricane Gert pelting at the windows on a recent gloomy Sunday. Just forty minutes after leaving Dublin, the winding driveway of The K Club rolls out before me, and there's no fear of an errant golf ball hittin...

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This New City Centre Grill Restaurant Will Be The Apple of Your Rib-Eye - Morelands Grill Review

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‘Fine dining’ has changed a lot over the past decade and if I’m being honest, I welcome the shift from starchy formality to something more-casual. However, many people still feel that dining out in this country is expensive but there is good value to be found and increasingly consumers are indicating that they are prepared to pay a little more for...

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An Idyllic Escape with Food Worth Fixating Over - Roundwood House Review

Reviews

In this country of hidden gems and uncovered treasures, hopping in the car and taking the road less traveled is always a fantastic idea. That road, for me, veered off the familiar N7 to Mountrath, a tiny County Laois village about which I had heard very little, apart from whispers from ardent food lovers of uncharted culinary territory. After a surpr...

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Embrace Your Inner Royal for the Day - Luttrellstown Castle Afternoon Tea Review

Afternoon Tea

It's not often you get to embrace your inner Victoria, but whether you're Posh or Queen, there is a new Afternoon Tea experience you simply must indulge yourself with. Both Mrs. Beckham and HRH have graced the hallowed halls of Luttrellstown Castle, a previously private luxury hideaway set on 560 acres just outside Castleknock. With a rich history da...

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The Eagle has Landed in Style on Chancery Place - The Legal Eagle Dublin Review

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Elaine Murphy is seen as quite a trailblazer along the Dublin Quayside, along with her business partner Brian Montague they have managed to redevelop a handful of Dublin’s eclectic listed buildings into some of the most popular restaurants in the city, serving modern Irish cuisine in comfortable yet contemporary settings. The Wollen Mills, Winding ...

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Take a Bite Out of Galway's Most Electric Brunch - Biteclub Review

Reviews

I can’t take brunch seriously. It’s the flamboyant joke meal that ridicules breakfast, insults lunch and ridiculously combines both with day-drinking. It’s a millennial indulgence meal designed to forego any possibility of rescuing the weekend savings slaughter where all that hard work of the week is finally obliterated with a piece of toast...

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From the End of the Road to the Top of the Town - Good Things Review

Reviews

For many, myself included, Skibbereen is a West Cork hub. The ideal Saturday begins with a visit to the ever-growing farmers’ market for a coffee and to gather local ingredients for a picnic, before heading out of town to hike, kayak or swim. For those inevitable wet days, when a cosy corner is preferable to a damp trudge, Skibbereen holds the key ...

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Wine

Biodynamics Wizardry in the Languedoc
Chemistry, Alchemy or Both? Biodynamic Wizardry in the Languedoc

Drinks

Biodynamics continues to be a buzz word in grape growing and wine making circles. The temptation when considering biodynamics is to either succumb to the intrigue or to run for the hills the minute lunar cycles are mentioned and refuse to return until scientific backup can be proffered. The biodynamic approach to farming was adopted after a series of...

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Interviews

Unlocking New Horizons - Connor O'Dowd & Paul McNamara, the Next Generation of Chefs at Locks One Windsor Terrace

Interviews

“It used to be my favourite restaurant, before I ever got involved,” says Paul McNamara, chef and co-owner of Locks One Windsor Terrace with fellow chef Conor O’Dowd, “and that’s what we always hear when people call up to make a booking, ‘it’s my favourite restaurant and I’m really look...

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Taste Reader Offers

Marker Hotel
Indulge in a 3 Course Meal for Two People and a Bottle of Wine in The Brasserie at The Marker for only €70

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The Marker Hotel located in one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of Dublin city – Grand Canal Square – is an urban retreat for those who crave the unconventional. A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World®, you can expect first class standards of service from the moment you step on site.   This unique contemporary design i...

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Competitions

Win the Ultimate Dublin Day Out - €250 Brown Thomas Gift Card and Dinner at The Restaurant By Johnnie Cooke with a Bottle of Champagne

Competitions

Is there anything better than strolling down Grafton Street and into Brown Thomas for a browse through the luxurious aisles of temptation? Well yes, there is - setting an afternoon aside to indulge in retail therapy followed by a Champagne dinner for two! Exclusively on TheTaste, you can enjoy the ultimate Dublin day out with a €250 Brown Thomas Gi...

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Travel

Catch the Colour with These Beautiful Autumn Destinations

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Autumn’s crisp air and bright colours inspire those hungry for an adventure and encourages explorers to embrace the outdoors. The cooler weather is perfect for city breaks where a lot of walking is involved, but autumn also draws people to more picturesque areas. In these towns and remote countryside locations, fields as far as the eye can see are...

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More News & Reviews

All Day Dining Restaurants Dublin
The Restaurant Trend Satisfying Our Hunger From Dawn to Dinner - 13 All Day Dining Restaurants in Dublin

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Restaurateurs are waking up to the fact that breakfast is good business. A shift in our dining habits coupled with rising business costs means more and more restaurants are keeping their doors open morning, noon and night. One of the most notable dining trends of the year globally, the new breed of eateries open round the clock are not your tradition...

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Travel Tech - 8 Essential Apps For Your Next Adventure

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You've booked your flights and accommodation and are relishing in the excitement that your holiday is just around the corner. As proper planning makes all the difference between a last-minute panic on route to the airport and a stress-free experience, downloading some essential travel apps is a must. From packing apps to airport and back-up storag...

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Essential Apps
Take your Time - These 15 Restaurants Have Some of the Best Wine Lists Dublin
Take your Time - These 15 Restaurants Have Some of the Best Wine Lists in Dublin

Bars & Venues

What makes a great restaurant wine list? A triangle composed by a selection that pairs well with the food offer, has a focused variety that offers choice without redundancy and of course, value at all price points. Add to that a personal touch or a stroke of surprise and it will step from fine to memorable. If you're the type of diner who chooses a...

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Anchor's Away - How Cruising Became The Coolest New Way to Travel

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In the past, there was a perception that cruises tended to cater for the older, retired couple or the very wealthy. But this stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth these days as families, young people and solo travellers have all been falling in love with a holiday at sea. With a fantastic range of on-board activities to world-class chefs ...

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Easy Ethnic Lamb Dishes #TastyEasyLamb
Travel With Your Taste Buds With These Easy Ethnic Lamb Recipes #TastyEasyLamb

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From the spice-lined souks of Morocco to the sun-soaked shores of the Greek Islands, wanderlust is real and as much as we'd like to, we can't always indulge ourselves in impromptu getaways. As summer is officially over, holiday season seems miles away, but luckily we can control the travel bug by whipping up some delicious international dishes. Lamb ...

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The Must-Do Activities At This Month's Taste of West Cork Food Festival

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From 8th – 17th September, Bandon to Beara will be thronging with visitors and locals alike making their way from event to event, soaking up the atmosphere, tastes and welcome of West Cork. But what to choose? With over 230 events in this years’ programme, decision are difficult, but I am here to help you! [su_note note_color="#eeede9"]

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Bar Reviews

Lock 13 Gastropub and Kildare Brewing Company - Bar Review
An Absolute Must-Visit for Craft Beer Lovers - Lock 13 Gastropub and Kildare Brewing Company Review

Bars & Venues

Along the peaceful Grand Canal in Sallins sits Lock 13 Gastro Pub, home to Kildare Brewing Company. Just a short train journey from Dublin puts you practically on their doorstep and it is certainly worth the trip. Hand-designed down to the smallest detail by head-brewer Brendan Murphy (Brendan is married to Kellie Dawson, our VP of Member Education f...

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Camden Street's Latest Addition is your Next Hangout Spot - Jimmy Rabbitte's Bar Review [September Edition]
Camden Street's Latest Addition is your Next Hangout Spot - Jimmy Rabbitte's Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Jimmy Rabbitte's has been open for just a handful of weeks but it fits its surroundings on Camden Street so well it almost feels as if it has been there forever. The artwork that covers most of its dark green walls hints at the venue's attitude: traditional and familiar at a glimpse, but take a better look and a quirky edge becomes evident. The bar...

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Coffee & Cafe Review

Talented in the Art of Great Coffee - Coppa Café, RHA Gallery, Review

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A few steps away from the greenery of St. Stephen's Green is Coppa Café. Located on the ground floor of the RHA Gallery in Ely Place, the compact café is nestled in a space that is elegant and sophisticated, but not intimidatingly so, achieving at the same time a friendly and upbeat atmosphere. Open until 5pm, se...

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Featured Drink Stories

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Jean León: The Spanish Emigré Turned Hollywood A-Lister Turned Winemaker

Drinks

The boom in craft drinks in the last couple of years is undeniably welcomed, but the explosion in new entrants to the market has made it more and more difficult to stand out, leading to some dubious claims and "alternative facts". Some new distilling brands, for example, now routinely buy up old trademarks and sell a drink with a history that suppose...

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Mezcal - Mexico's Answer to Single Malt Whiskey
Mezcal - Mexico's Answer to Single Malt Whiskey

Drinks

Often misunderstood or even unknown, Mezcal is the older sibling to tequila. They both go hand in hand, for instance; Mezcal is the term for any spirit made from the agave (or maguey) plant, whilst Tequila is made in one Region, from one strain: blue agave. What we have noticed in recent years is that there is a growing appreciation in Ireland fo...

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Producer Spotlight

Rebel Chilli Picture: Cathal Noonan
Bottles of Bold Flavour Backed Up By Bolder Ambition - The Rebel Chilli Story

Features

If you look back on your university days with nothing more fondness then it's very likely you have successfully blocked from your mind certain memories, the ones which have continued to haunt the rest of us. The exam hall panic after entire days spent in the library doing little more than procrastinating, the stress of living with randomly assigned r...

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Zanna Cookhouse
Zanna Cookhouse on Finding Their Niche with Award-Winning Quiche

Interviews

"I often reflect now that I should have started my voyage with the knife and the chopping board a lot earlier, but such is the nature of things. Perhaps if I had started earlier I’d have lost much of the passion for cooking that I now enjoy...who knows." These are the words of Owen Mullins, who along with his wife Lorna and their son David, run

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Recipes