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Disorganised Travellers Rejoice – This Site Books Your Perfect Mystery Holiday
Friday Food Festival Round Up – Five Fantastic Food Festivals Happening this Weekend
Breakfast and Brow Goals – This Benefit Breakfast Pop-Up Sounds Unmissable
Dublin Set For Major Hotel Boost With Two New Hotels Planned For The City
Redcross Beer Festival is Coming Wicklow Brewery for Two Days of Brews, BBQ, Music and Games
Win Two Tickets to an Exclusive Jacobs Creek Wine Paired Dinner in Sophie’s at The Dean
Want to Travel The World And Relive Your Childhood? Disney Cruise Line is Now Hiring
Get a Taste of The Treaty County with The Newcastle West Food Tour
For the First Time Ever a 3 Michelin Star French Chef Asks to Be Removed from the Culinary Guide
Take The Fear to New Heights With Terror at Teeling This Halloween
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Top Stories

Monart Review Feature
Enrobed in Tranquility at Ireland's Only Destination Spa - Monart Review

Reviews

It is four o'clock in the day and I'm in a robe, with no intention of changing that situation - all, I think to myself, is right in the world. I nearly have to be peeled from a curved cocoon lounger, sipping on herbal tea and for once not staring at my phone. I've only been at Monart Hotel and Spa for an hour, but already the stresses of the outside wor...

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Hotel & Luxury Escapes

Seafield
Sailing Away in the Stunning South East - Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort Review

Reviews

There truly is something for everyone at the very stylish Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort located outside the tiny village of Ballymoney near Gorey in County Wexford. Set in 160 acres of mature, well-kept grounds, the hotel occupies a stunning location overlooking the sea, with the beach as well as a lovely playground for younger visitors near the main hote...

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Restaurant Reviews

Probably the Best Gastro Bar Food You Will Taste in Ireland - The Chop House Review

Reviews

What do you get when you cross Shelbourne Road with Bath Ave … well probably some of the best eateries any neighbourhood can boast of quite frankly. After a recent event one evening last week we thankfully had the foresight to book ahead for a table for two in one of the most popular gastro pubs in the country -

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Uncorking One of the Most Exciting New Additions to The Rebel City - Cask Cork Review

Reviews

When you have a mixologist that has just won the World Class Drinks Irish Bartender of the Year from a newly opened bar and restaurant in the“Real Capital” as we were informed on Twitter you start to take notice. We hard heard excellent reports that the Cask was fast becoming the place to be in Cork City, the brainchild of award ...

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Lazy Sundays Get The Five Star Treatment - The Cellar at The Merrion Brunch Review

Reviews

On a rare lazy Sunday with nowhere to be and nothing pressing to get done, the afternoon rolled around and I was making no progress towards seizing the day. On days like this, cooking is off the menu and managing to pull myself together and make it to brunch before the usual 3pm cut off is a struggle - especially the day after the night before. Dragg...

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This Cork Institution Has Gotten A Slick Revamp - The Montenotte Hotel Review

Features

It’s a miserable rainy day, the kind where thoughts of leaving the comfort of your own home seem almost impossible. But we did, and as my friend's car attempts to battle up the hill on the outskirts of Cork city, I peer through the window trying to make out any forming shapes on the horizon. Reaching our destination in one piece, we turn the corn...

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A Taste of Tokyo in the Heart of Dublin - Yamamori Izakaya Review

Reviews

Many years ago, whilst lingering over a mound of perfectly crisp tempura delights, I overheard the lady at the next table comment on how unusual it was to see 'Japas' (that's Japanese Tapas) on a menu. I remember, not only because she pronounced it with a silent J, which still gives me a chuckle to this day, but because it was the night I discovered Yam...

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Super Miss Sue Feature
Comfort Food Classics in Stylish Surroundings - SMS Café Review

Reviews

Restaurateur John Farrell certainly knows a thing-or-two about running successful restaurants. His first, Dillinger’s, located in Ranelagh proved to be a huge hit and was quickly followed by The Butcher’s Grill nearby. A short time later came the Mexican-themed 777 on South Great George’s Street in the city centre. They say that good things com...

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Wine

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Oz Clarke on Wine Writing, Trends and the Race to Find the Next Big Thing

Drinks

There are topics that generate an intimidating fascination on most people; wide and complex, it is not until a modern day Prometheus shares their fire, than mankind sees them more clearly, off their pedestals and in a more approachable light, that of a TV screen. "Servantless American" Julia Child did it for French cuisine in the sixties, Sir David Att...

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Interviews

Michael Wright
Lord of the Dance Club Michael Wright on Going Back to His Food Industry Roots

Interviews

Over a twenty year career in the Irish hospitality sector, Michael Wright has built a portfolio that includes six award winning bars and restaurants and Ireland's largest 'Superclub', opening eighteen outlets over that time and today employing over 600 staff. You might find it easy to believe then that when I speak to him he's in Ib...

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Cyrille
The Kingdom's French Connection - Chef Cyrille Durand of The Bacchus Room Restaurant

Interviews

Born and raised within touching distance of the world's gastronomic mecca, Paris, it isn't difficult to piece together the reason for Chef Cyrille Durand's infectious passion for fine food. While his heritage is decidedly Gallic, he has found a new lease of life in a corner of the world capable of competing with Paris in the breath-taking view stakes - ...

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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

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Win a Luxury Overnight Escape to The Maryborough Hotel and Spa with Dinner for Two at Bellini's Restaurant - Closed

Competitions

A short drive from cosmopolitan Cork City yet a world away in terms of seclusion, The Maryborough Hotel and Spa, Douglas, is a one stop shop for relaxation. Set on 18 acres of natural parkland and listed gardens, Maryborough House dates back to 1710, with a modern extension added in 1995, which now houses 93 beautifully appointed bedrooms. With its c...

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Travel

Wellington
Food Worth Fighting the Breeze for in New Zealand's 'Windy City' - Wellington Food & Travel Guide

Down Under

The Kiwi capital isn’t nicknamed the “Windy City” for nothing. Nestled in a harbour surrounded by hills, it can be ferociously windy even on the sunniest of days. Just as well then that Wellington boasts some of the finest restaurants, cafes and markets on the North Island. The strong Asian influence in Wellington is hard to be missed as sushi ...

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More News & Reviews

Best New Restaurants Dublin
Here's Where to Eat Right Now - The 15 Best New Restaurants in Dublin

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Dining is now a fundamental part of the cultural experience in Ireland and no more so than in Dublin where watching the ever changing streetscape and anticipating where the next restaurant is set to open is now almost a sport, with points awarded for who can share the big reveal on social media the fastest. Some of these new restaurants are set to be...

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24 Hours in Waterford - Restaurants, Bars and Hotels

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Steeped in history, heritage and culture, Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city with a rich history dating back to Viking times. Home to the famous Waterford Crystal and a number of Viking museums, this port city highlights the importance of the Viking Triangle along Ireland’s Ancient East. There are also a great number of festivals held in the coun...

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Ireland's Chef Shortage - The Industry Issue Putting Your Dinner at Risk

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The laborious lifestyle of a chef is well chronicled. The long hours in a hot, cramped, pressurised environment that are guaranteed to result in a sore back, multiple burns and sleep deprivation, and less so in a social life. But there’s another key player in the hospitality industry who’s working tirelessly of late but whose services are rarely ac...

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Grab Your Plate and Passport - These Food Festivals are Worth Travelling For

Features

What makes food festivals worth attending? Is it a unique product locally produced, the sweetest of treats, or just the thrill of trying something new? Whatever the reason, there are certain events that stand out from the crowd and catch the eye of even the most casual festival goer. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of some of the best foo...

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Food Festivals
Meet 20 of Ireland’s Top Mixers and Shakers Stirring the Country’s Bartending Scene | best bartenders in Ireland
Meet 20 of Ireland's Top Mixers and Shakers Stirring the Country's Bartending Scene

Cocktails

Just like the cocktails they craft, great bartenders come in many different styles: from old fashioned veterans with a strong spirit both on their shelves and within to young and up and coming stirrers. Gin genius, whiskey wizards or rum rioters, they all have something in common: the mix of talent, hard work and personality that keeps cocktail lovers ...

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Delicious Lamb Dishes for Dining Al Fresco This Summer #TastyEasyLamb

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Is lamb the ideal BBQ meat? You have to admit, there is nothing quite like juicy lamb, which stokes the flames of the grill and chars to perfection. The gamey flavour of lamb can handle the heat and drinks up the smokiness of the BBQ like no other meat - the #TastyEasyLamb initiative offers plenty of tempting summer lamb recipes. Add to this the fact...

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The Westbury
Loosening the Collar on Meetings and Elevating Events to New Heights at The Westbury Hotel

Features

With renewed energy and prosperity, business in Ireland is looking bright resulting in a proliferation of product launches and corporate meetings. Growing in line with this reinvigorated economy is the demand for a dynamic, fresh and exciting events offering. Keeping up to date with the latest trends impacting meeting design strategy is READ MORE

 

Bar Reviews

– Zozimus Bar Brunch Review
A Boozy Brunch Like No Other – Zozimus Bar Brunch Review

Bars & Venues

Great designers and artists are masters at what Zozimus Bar has achieved: a fusion of meaningful influences that acknowledges trends without mindlessly replicating them and that takes inspiration from the past without over-relaying in nostalgia. The bar's name pays homage to Michael Moran, aka Zozimus, a beloved 19th century street balladeer who en...

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Smithfield's Bar Scene Has Just Leveled Up – Token Review
A Game Changing Bar Pressed the Start Button in Smithfield – Token Dublin Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Any nineties or eighties kid with an appreciation for the joys of geek life who steps into Token Dublin for the first time will smile in awe: this is nerdvana. One of the most highly anticipated bar openings of 2017, finally pressed the Start button last June after months of build up among Dublin's video game enthusiasts, which included a suc...

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Coffee & Cafe Review

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Cocobrew - A Welcome Treat in the Heart of Bustling Temple Bar

Features

Struggling to pass through the hordes of tourists, locals and revellers who had come up for the Coldplay concert that evening, I was relieved to spot Cocobrew across the cobbled streets of Temple Bar. With its cream and pale brown exterior, Cocobrew‘...

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Love Supreme Portobello Cafe Review
Falling Head Over Heels All Over Again - Love Supreme Portobello Cafe Review

Reviews

A landmark on the streetscape of Stoneybatter, Love Supreme made the hearts of coffee lovers in Dublin skip a beat when they announced they would open a second spot in the city. Now open over three months, from their new Portobello location on Lennox Str...

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Featured Drink Stories

Unusually Delicious: Five Awesome Out-of-the-Box Ales to Try Now
Unusually Delicious - Five Awesome "Out of the Box" Ales to Try Now

Craft Beer

August is here, heralding the wind down to what has been a pretty amazing summer. But fear not, we still have quite a bit of time ahead before the cool crisp bite of fall is upon us: what a better way to enjoy the rest of summer than try a few new brews? Pushing the envelope to new levels of deliciousness by creating unique brews seems to be ubiquito...

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Cool Craft Ciders to Swap for your Pint of Beer while the Sun Shines

Craft Beer

There are two certainties once the weather is good in Ireland: The first is that people will flock in droves to the nearest canal bank pub for a sunny pint. The second is that cider sales will sore! Historically there has never been much variety available when looking to swap out a pint of beer in place of the refreshing quench of sparkling cider poured...

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Producer Spotlight

The Sligo Brewery Heading the Irish Craft Beer Revolution – The White Hag Brewery Story
The Sligo Brewery Heading the Irish Craft Beer Revolution – The White Hag Brewery Story

Craft Beer

The White Hag Irish Brewing Company is an award winning craft brewery from Sligo, lead by a young team of Irish entrepreneurs and 2 brewers from Ohio, US. Since their beginnings back in 2014, they've grown rapidly and achieved recognition for the quality of their unique beers. In just three years, they've managed to place their products in numerous p...

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The Kings of Crab from Castletownbere - The Shellfish Ireland Story

Features

It’s 1987 and sitting in a kitchen in the small town of Castletownbere in the west of Cork, two young friends with a keen interest in fishing founded what would later become Shellfish Ireland. Friends Richard Murphy and Peter O'Sullivan combined their love of fishing and worked together to catch and supply brown cr...

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