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Travel Tuesday – The Best Deals to Get Your Hands on This Week
Carols, Whiskey and Treats for a Good Cause at the Pearse Lyons Distillery this Sunday
Osta Café and Wine Bar in Sligo Has Been Awarded Just Ask Restaurant of The Month
Bow Lane to Serve Up Three Days of Boozy Bottomless Brunch Over the Twixmas Break
This Stylish Dublin Spot Has Launched a 12 Days of Christmas Themed Menu Paired with Bollinger
This City Centre Bar is Making the Loveliest Mulled Wine you’ll Taste this Christmas
Vitamin Coffee – The Coffee that Gives More than just a Caffeine Hit
Fizz Frenzy Alert: Here’s Why you Should Stock Up on Prosecco Before the 22nd of December
France’s Leading Kitchen Brand Has Launched in Ireland and You Need to Visit the Stunning Showroom
Mini Hot Chocolate Treats Recipe by Siúcra & Catherine Fulvio
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Top Stories

An Enchanting Escape for Your Bucket List - Dromoland Castle Review

Reviews

It seems undeniable that the boom times are back, and the term Celtic Phoenix has been bandied about quite a bit in recent times. With the way things are going in the Irish luxury hotel stakes, it would be tough to disagree. Murmurs of the revamped Adare Manor seeking to be Europe's premier luxury destination following a €50 million renovation, €...

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Hotel & Luxury Escapes

Ballynahinch Castle Superior
An Enchanting Overnight Escape at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel for Two with Breakfast and Dinner for €315

Gifts

  Set in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is one of Ireland's finest luxury castle hotels. It boasts a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks.   This authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking it's famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautif...

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Restaurant Reviews

Sharing Plates You Won't Want to Share - Host Ranelagh Review

Reviews

I'll admit it. As a Ranelagh resident, I was beginning to feel like the advent of neighbourhood restaurants offering superb ingredients-driven cooking at reasonable prices had passed us by. Looking to the likes of Bastible and now Clanbrassil House in Dublin 8, Craft in Harold's Cross and reflecting on the loss of Brioche, almost like a spoiled brat, fo...

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A Real Taste of Italy in Temple Bar - Il Vicoletto Restaurant Review

Reviews

Temple Bar on a Bank Holiday weekend can often be a sight to behold, make that a Halloween Bank Holiday weekend and God knows what may be in store. That said, we tackled the cobbles and the many merry revellers who were out in force for the extended ghoulish break and found ourselves very fortunate to secure a 9pm booking on what seemed to be one of the...

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An Enchanting Escape for Your Bucket List - Dromoland Castle Review

Reviews

It seems undeniable that the boom times are back, and the term Celtic Phoenix has been bandied about quite a bit in recent times. With the way things are going in the Irish luxury hotel stakes, it would be tough to disagree. Murmurs of the revamped Adare Manor seeking to be Europe's premier luxury destination following a €50 million renovation, €...

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A Feast Fit For a King - Noble Holywood Restaurant Review

Reviews

2017 has been a great year for Noble. The restaurant opened just over a year ago in the charming town of Holywood in County Down and has been the recipient of a slew of honours, culminating recently in the award of a Michelin Bib Gourmand, which recognises restaurants that offer “high-quality products and services and good value for money”. Annou...

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A Stay in The Heart of Dublin's Historic Centre - Hilton Dublin Kilmainham Review

Reviews

As Storm Brian forcefully made his way across Ireland, I sought my refuge in the 4-star Hilton Dublin Kilmainham. Located in the historic heart of Dublin, close to many of the city’s popular tourist attractions, including Kilmainham Gaol, the Guinness Storehouse and Phoenix Park, this hotel is the perfect base for a bit of exploring. As we wal...

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A Hidden Gem in Plain Sight - Supper at The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke Review

Reviews

People-watching is a many splendid thing, and whether you are nosy by nature or not, settling in to a chic corner of The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke on the third floor of iconic Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, it is rather hard to resist. Trapsing the homeware aisles, from De Longhi to Denby and back, are young couples in the throes of ...

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The New D8 Hot Ticket Worth Queuing For - Clanbrassil House Restaurant Review

Reviews

Saturday night bookings in Dublin are slim pickings at the moment and anyone who has tried their hand at securing one at Dublin 8 ’s most popular haunt, Bastible, will know that you will need to be booking well in advance, such is the demand. Part of th...

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Wine

Is Malbec the New Merlot
Is Malbec the New Merlot? How Can Argentina's Superstar Save Itself from its Own Fame?

Drinks

Depending on your interests, a Black Swan is perhaps the name of a theory about the impact of unexpected yet major events, an iconic character in the legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky, an eerie horror film by Darren Aronofky or an actual swan that happens to be black. Malbec, the popular variety best known to make dark and flavourful wines often ...

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Interviews

"Irish Whiskey Has Gone Completely Global" – John Teeling Interview
"Irish Whiskey Has Gone Completely Global" – John Teeling Interview

Drinks

John Teeling is one of the most influential people in Irish whiskey. He was able to see the light of opportunity during the darkest days for the category, when sales were at the lowest and just a handful of brands had survived the series of punishments that the 20th century inflicted on the industry. Nearly half a century has passed since 1970, when...

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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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Taste Reader Offers

TheMarker
Savour a 3 Course Dinner with a Festive Cocktail for Two People at The Marker for only €75

Gifts

Based in Dublin 2, The Marker is located in one of the most vibrant cultural hubs of Dublin city – Grand Canal Square.   At The Brasserie they understand that food is to be enjoyed and savoured, this is why they strive to use locally sourced produce where possible but always non processed fresh ingredients. They search for suppliers that ar...

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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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Competitions

K club at
Win a Luxurious Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two People at The K Club 5 Star Resort - CLOSED

Competitions

The K Club, Ireland’s First AA 5 Red Star Hotel, is a luxury resort nestled in the beautiful County of Kildare, where the River Liffey meanders through the soft green countryside. A long-standing member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, The K Club has pioneered 5 star service in Ireland from the very moment they opene...

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Events

Wilde Krug Winter Menu
Experience an Exquisite Krug Tasting Menu Set Against the Beautiful 1930’s Backdrop of WILDE for €180pp

All Offers

  WILDE, one of the city hottest dining destinations, has launched a dining experience exclusive to Ireland in collaboration with esteemed Champagne house Krug. On November 15th WILDE will be holding a guided tasting experience exclusively for The Taste readers.   Overlooking Harry ...

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Cork Chocolate Festival 2017

 

Travel

The Small City With a Big Heart - A Look at Luxembourg's Food And History

City Breaks

Luxembourg, a country with less than 1 million people living in it, is a central hub in the European Union. Despite what you might think, there is a lot more to this small and mighty country than meets the eye. From food and historic attractions to the kind and welcoming nature of the city's residents, this European destination is a gem, one that is ...

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More News & Reviews

Winter Wonderland - Marvellous Christmas Markets at Home And Abroad

Europe

Few things embody the festive spirit quite like a good Christmas market. Whether you choose to wander through the stalls in search of the perfect gift for loved ones, or take to the food stalls to sample the warming local cuisine, odds are you'll be filled to the brim with yuletide spirit. We are lucky to be living in Europe, home to countless Christ...

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"The World Really is Our Oyster" - The Euro-toques Young Chef Finalists on Ireland as the World's Next Gastronomic Destination

Features

San Sebastian, Copenhagen, Tokyo, London, Paris, Dublin. What do all of these places have in common? They are hot-beds of culinary creativity, and should be on every food lover's bucket list. But if you scratched your head at the inclusion of our own capital (or any Irish destination) on this illustrious list, as many will have, there is a troupe of che...

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Herbet Park Hotel Sparking Afternoon Tea
A Perfect Spot to Park Yourself for the Afternoon - The Herbert Park Hotel Afternoon Tea Review

Afternoon Tea

On a bright and crisp October day, with just enough bite in the air to give your cheeks a rosy glow, an afternoon stroll through the leafy suburb of Dublin 4 all wrapped up is an undeniable treat. Meandering through beautiful Herbert Park, admiring the ducks and enjoying the crunch of the leaves beneath your feet, such strolls are all the more enjoyable...

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Happy, Hungry Mondays - Restaurants Open on Monday Night in Dublin City

Features

You've arranged a baby sitter, planed your outfit to a tee, and sussed out where you'll park, and get home afterwards, however despite your careful planning your dinner plans might be compromised due to one crucial matter, the restaurant of your choice is closed on Mondays. As is often the case, it's only when you go to arrange a Monday night rendezv...

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PichetRestaurants Open Monday Dublin
A Cut Above the Rest - Where to Get Your Cote de Boeuf Fix in Dublin

Features

If you can bear to share, there are few meals more satisfying for the devout carnivore than a juicy Cote de Boeuf. Undeniably one of the most tempting cuts of beef you can get, the cote is a thick, succulent bone-in rib which can bring out the inner caveman in just about anyone - there's no-one I wouldn't fight to get the last bite. As Cote de Bouef ...

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An Epic Adventure Awaits Aboard the DoDublin Tour - Review

Ireland

On a blustery, typical Irish weather day I headed into Dublin city centre to do one of my favourite things: be a tourist in my own city. There aren't many Dubliners who would avail of our excellent tourist attractions and services unless showing friends and family around, or when in charge of foreign exchange students, but it really is a must-do for the...

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DoDublin Hop On Hop Off Tour Bus
The 12 Hotels of Christmas - Where Can You Stay This Festive Season?

Features

Despite all the clichés, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. With fairy lights illuminating the dark evenings, roaring fires welcoming you home, festive tunes echoing through the streets, and a beautifully decorated tree completing the picture. However, prepping the perfect Christmas can be a lot of work and not everyone has th...

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Wake Up and Smell the Fresh Coffee at these 12 New Dublin Cafes Opened in 2017

Drinks

Dublin's coffee scene is incessantly buzzing and this year we have welcome a great selection of new cafes that offer more than just amazing coffee, they have lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, original concepts and of course, delicious treats. If you're looking for a place to get your caffeine fix, check out these 12 new places that opened their doo...

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Wake Up and Smell the Fresh Coffee at these 12 New Dublin Cafes Opened in 2017
From the Barossa to the Yarra - Visiting the Vines Behind Australia's Stellar Wine Cellar

Drinks

Imagine a wine cellar so vast that on last count it held 3.8 million bottles. Sheer scale and impressive quantity aside, what might impress you most is the quality and diversity, with each bottle sourced from prestigious wineries across twelve of the main wine producing regions of the world, and the fact that this stellar wine cellar is that of Dubai-ba...

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Bar Reviews

Dame Street Just Got a Beautiful New Bar Inspired in James Joyce's Masterpiece - Mulligan & Haines Bar Review
Dame Street Just Got a Beautiful New Bar Inspired by James Joyce's Masterpiece - Mulligan & Haines Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Mulligan was a witty medical student and the first character to appear in Ulysses, the classic novel by celebrated Irish author James Joyce. Haines was an Englishman who Mulligan befriended at Oxford. Mulligan & Haines is the latest pub to grace Dame Street and it is located in the same site where the fictional duo once met, back when the Dublin B...

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These Classic Speakeasy Cocktails are Worth Splashing Out For - The Little Pig Review

Bars & Venues

Dublin is full of hidden gems, and it is also home to many of the country's best cocktail bars. Going for drinks should be an experience, and at this particular city centre bar this is truly the case. Cocktails are aplenty, as is the opulence, and before you've even stepped in the door you're intrigued. And this is always a great sign of a memorable nig...

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Coffee & Cafe Review

5 Expert Tips on How to Open Your Own Coffee Shop
Want to Open Your Own Coffee Shop? 5 Tips from the Experts to Make it a Success

Features

Have you always dreamed of running your very own cafe? Are you passionate about coffee and ready to keep folks caffeinated? You may be among a growing number of people for whom the answer is yes, so we spoke to the experts at Coffee Culture to help you map out the path ...

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Fonté Coffee Roaster is Bringing the Coolest Beans to Temple Bar
The Best Cup of Coffee in Dublin? Fonté Coffee Café Review

Reviews

I'm not alone in admitting that without several shots of caffeine a day, I could scarcely function, but like a growing number of coffee drinkers, I want and expect my daily coffee to serve more than a functional purpose. Long gone are the days of settling for a bitter and burnt beverage (and paying a pretty penny for it) just to get a pep in my step. We...

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Featured Drink Stories

Whats in a Brand Craft Beer Breweries with Rockin Packaging and Great Beers featured
What's in a Brand? Craft Beer Breweries with Rockin' Packaging and Great Beers

Craft Beer

With a lot of time spent on bemoaning some of the horrible beer labels out there, I rarely get a chance to discuss the great marketing campaigns by the brilliant breweries around the world. There are some who will argue that branding isn’t that important. After all, if the beer is phenomenal then the branding shouldn't matter as much. However, pers...

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Filling the All Ireland Brewing Map - 31 Counties of Craft beer… So Far
Filling the All Ireland Brewing Map - 31 Counties of Craft Beer… So Far

Craft Beer

There has been a spate of new brewery openings in Ireland, these last few years especially. While that appears to be decelerating as less breweries start up, there is still growth in craft beer sales. According to a Bord Bia report from 2016, there was at least one microbrewery in 23 of the 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland. The three odd ones out...

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Producer Spotlight

Unlimited Possibilities - Getting to The Heart of Miena's Irish Handmade Nougat

Interviews

Speaking on a slightly distorted phone line between Dublin and Wicklow after the effects of Storm Ophelia, I chatted to Willemien Rust, owner and creator of Miena's Irish Handmade Nougat. A South African native living in Ireland for the past 17 years, Miena is instantly likeable due to her bubbly personality and the passion in which she describes her...

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Kinsale Mead Company - Kickstarting the Irish Craft Mead Renaissance

Interviews

For years, I’ve been paying close attention to what is going on in the craft drinks industry in the USA, for what gets established there as a bona fide trend will, a few years after, find its way to Irish shores as the next big craft drinks buzz. First it was beer, then ciders and spirits. This has given rise to the craft cocktail trend that is inc...

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Recipes