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Blackwater Distillery will Launch its Single Malt Irish Whisky Retronaut this Weekend
You Can Now Get a Personalised Bottle of Mór Irish Gin Just in Time for Christmas!
New Craft Beer and Gin Bar The Bald Eagle Has Just Landed in Phibsborough
Win a Festive Hamper from Little Italy Worth €250
Time to Stock Up for the Holidays: O’Briens Wine’s Best Loyalty Offer Ever is Here
Best Possible Taste Podcast – Author Karina Melvin and More
A New Year’s With a Twist – Escape The Hustle And Bustle of The City With Smithwick’s
Magical Christmas Memories – This Butlers Chocolate Experience is Perfect For The Chocoholic in Your Life
Festive Family Fun – Visit The Annual Doonbeg Christmas Market This Year For a Real Treat
You Can Get an Engraved Bottle of Irish Whiskey in this Gorgeous Shop
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Top Stories

Michelin Starred Restaurants Deanes EIPIC
The Gilded Gourmet Gang - The 2018 Guide to Michelin Starred Restaurants in Ireland

Features

Though the relevance it holds is called into question by a few it is hard to dispute that restaurant-goers place more trust in the Michelin Guide as a mark of quality than any other dining listing, award or rating. And so, since the very first Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland was published in 1974, the unveiling of the latest volume of th...

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Hotel & Luxury Escapes

The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
The Ultimate Upgrade - Stay in a Suite at The Lodge at Ashford with Breakfast and Dinner for 2 in Wilde's Restaurant and 15% Discount in the Beauty Rooms plus a Late Checkout for €319

Gifts

Sitting within the magnificent 350 acre estate of Ashford Castle, The Lodge at Ashford Castle, County Mayo, is nestled on the banks of the beautiful Lough Corrib. Built in 1865, The Lodge is now part of the award winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection, offering a luxury country house appeal, elegant decor with a modern touch. Just forty minutes from Gal...

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Restaurant Reviews

Art of Millinery AT
Cutting Edge Fashion Meets Patisserie - The Art of Millinery Afternoon Tea at The Westbury Review

Afternoon Tea

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. The words of the legendary Coco Chanel must have been firmly fixed in the creative mind of The Westbury's pastry chef Ray Encarnacion in designing The Art of Millinery Afternoon Tea, I thought to myself ascending the grand staircase and clapping eyes on his inspiration. Five exquisi...

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Could this be Ireland's Most Romantic Hotel - Ballynahinch Castle Review

Reviews

There are few places in the world that could rival the dramatic scenery and rugged valleys dotted throughout the awe inspiring coastal route to Connemara, seen by many as one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. As we passed through Connemara National Park on our recent trip out West, we were swept away by the many instagrammable moments between t...

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Mythical Charm and Magical Food - The Brehon, Killarney Review

Reviews

Did you know that the mythical land of Tír na Nóg was said to have been based on the awe-inspiring Lakes of Killarney? Lough Leane, translated as the lake of youth, draws thousands of visitors to this jewel in the Kingdom's crown each year and has been at the heart of Celtic legend ever since Niamh rode across the banks on a white horse. It is litt...

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Standing out From the Crowd - Herald and Devoy Restaurant Review

Restaurants in Kildare

Hotel restaurants face a number of unique challenges. Firstly, they have to provide food that will appeal to a diverse range of customers, which can include hotel guests but also those who are visiting only to eat in the restaurant. As such, the menus must be carefully designed so that they are enticing to a variety of clients, such as families with ...

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This Funky Mexican Spot Will Have You Craving Mondays - Oxaca Dundrum Review

Reviews

If there's one habit I need to try to kick, it has to be my propensity to treat bi-weekly trips to Dundrum Town Centre as my birthright. My bank account and general well-being would definitely benefit from taking up a different hobby. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it they say, but a recent trip to this south Dublin hall of...

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A restaurant with a real sense of place – Salt Restaurant & Bar Review
A Restaurant with a Real Sense of Place – Salt Restaurant & Bar Review

Reviews

Salthill has always had a special place in my heart. I fondly recall fantastic holidays there when I was a child during which my brother and I enjoyed fish and chip dinners, seaside games and walks along the promenade. Truth-be-told we also parted with a lot of the cash we had been given before we left by our indulgent aunts on ice-cream, fizzy drink...

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The Boxty House TheTaste Review
Discovering Irish Heritage Food All Over Again in the Heart of Temple Bar - Gallagher's Boxty House Review

Reviews

It's always wonderful to know that in Ireland we are blessed with excellent produce, of which we are very proud when dining out at home but also when abroad. What's even better is how many restaurants across the Emerald Isle use only the best, often local ingredients that's then well reflected on their menu and on the plate too. Therefore it's very i...

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Wine

An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove - Barolo and Barbaresco
An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove - Barolo and Barbaresco

Drinks

Undisputedly, one of the greatest red wines in the world, the iron fist in the velvet glove has been a long-time apt description of Italy’s age worthy and intense red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. Put simply, made from a native black grape, Nebbiolo from vineyards around twin hilltop towns of Barolo and Barbaresco. What makes these wines so special...

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Interviews

Bryan McCarthy CASK Picture: Miki Barlok
A Local Hero - Chef Bryan McCarthy on Putting Cork Back on the Culinary Map

Interviews

On the menu of Greenes restaurant in Cork city a list of local suppliers is titled “our Suppliers and Friends.” A statement that instills confidence in most diners though, truth be told, may seem unremarkable to some, so familiar are they with the 'farm-to-fork' ethos that's so regularly asserted by eateries right across the spectru...

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Taste Reader Offers

Dylan McGrath
Give the Gift of a Dylan McGrath Dining Experience - Enjoy dinner in Rustic Stone or Fade Street Restaurant with 4 Courses for 2 people with Bottle of Wine and 2 Cocktails only €80

Gifts

This is the perfect opportunity to give a friend, family member or someone you love the Gift of a Great Night out in any of Dylan McGrath's Restaurants. With this Christmas offer we are giving you the chance to buy a Gift Voucher to 3 of the hottest dublin dining experiences. For only €60 this Gift will entitle you to a dinner in one of the following ...

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luttrellstown castle
Release Your Inner Royal with Luttrellstown Castle's New Festive Sparkling Afternoon Tea for Two for €98

Gifts

Situated in the heart of a 560 acre estate, Luttrellstown Castle Resort is an exclusive castle estate near Castleknock and only minutes from Dublin city centre and airport.   There are a number of dining options all within the Luttrellstown Castle resort estate. The latest addition to dining at Luttrellstown Castle Resort is their Festive Spa...

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Competitions

Luttrelstown Castle
Win A Festive Sparkling Afternoon Tea for You and a Friend at the Luxurious Luttrellstown Castle - CLOSED

Competitions

An air of historic grandeur and elegance are the initial impressions upon arrival at Luttrellstown Castle Resort. Situated in the heart of a 560 acre estate, Luttrellstown Castle was originally built for gracious hospitality and entertaining, a tradition that continues to this day. There are a number of dining option...

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Win an Overnight Stay With Dinner in The Merchant Hotel, Northern Ireland's only 5AA Red Star Hotel - CLOSED

Competitions

The luxurious Merchant Hotel in Belfast is giving TheTaste readers the chance to win an overnight stay in Northern Ireland's only 5AA Red Star Hotel this November, along with dinner in Bert's Jazz Bar. Located in the heart of Belfast’s city centre, just a 5-minute walk from Victoria Square, the city's main shopping district, the Merchant is the

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Travel

Exploring Switzerland's Valais Region - Food, Wine & Nature Guide

Europe

Valais is just one of 26 cantons or regions in Switzerland. Small and mighty, the region has a varied mix of cultures, languages and activities. Whether you find yourself drawn to the majestic Alps and the crystal clear lakes, the rich variety of wines grown in the mountainous vineyards or the traditional Swiss cuisine, there's very little you can't do ...

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More News & Reviews

Late Night Restaurants Dublin TheTaste.ie
Kick the Kebab to the Curb - Dublin's Finest Late Night Restaurants for Midnight Feasting

Features

We've all been in that situation where an after dinner drink turns into three, and suddenly its after 10pm and dinner plans have dissipated, leaving you hungry and with very few dining options. But a late night feast needn’t force you to resort to the nearest greasy takeaway selling a mostly beige food offering of southern fried chicken, chips, and...

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A Taste of Life With...Martin King and Jenny McCarthy

Interviews

Even on a rainy day, Ireland's favourite weatherman can be guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of the people of this often wet and dreary little Isle, but what brightens Martin King up on those dull days? Apart from his effervescent wife, photographer to the stars Jenny McCarthy, the proud Dub turns to the ultimate love/hate food - Coddle. So en...

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Jenny and Martin Feat
Michelin Starred Restaurants Deanes EIPIC
The Gilded Gourmet Gang - The 2018 Guide to Michelin Starred Restaurants in Ireland

Features

Though the relevance it holds is called into question by a few it is hard to dispute that restaurant-goers place more trust in the Michelin Guide as a mark of quality than any other dining listing, award or rating. And so, since the very first Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland was published in 1974, the unveiling of the latest volume of th...

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Neighbourhood Gems - 12 Dublin Suburban Restaurants to Tempt You Outside the City Limits

Features

Dublin's title as a culinary destination is being heralded both at home and abroad, as Irish and international press pick on the capital's status as a hub for food lovers that has picked up pace in recent years. Though the city's varied and diverse culinary offerings are more plentiful than many visitors, and even locals, might even realise. With res...

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Craft Bistro Harolds Cross Dublin Suburban Restaurants
It's the Most Wonderful Night of the Year - 25 Fabulous Christmas Party Venues in Dublin

Features

Looking (frantically) for a Christmas party venue in Dublin? If you're the one tasked with organising the annual office shindig or a December get together for friends or family you'll know that it's not as easy a feat as it seems. While it’s never too soon to start planning there's no need to book a bog standard venue out of pure panic, settling fo...

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24 Hours in Mayo - Restaurants, Bars and Hotels

Features

Worth visiting at any time of the year thanks to its rugged coastline and rich variety of attractions, Mayo really is the heartbeat of the Wild Atlantic Way. With all the scenic walks on offer, odds are you're going to be feeling quite ravenous throughout your stay in the west. Luckily, Mayo is home to a fabulous array of culinary delights, so kee...

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From the Spooky to the Spectacular - The Best Places to Travel in October

Travel

Feeling the ruffle of leaves beneath your feet is a sure sign that October has arrived. Becoming a more popular month for travel, there are many ways to enjoy yourself this month, be it a family break over midterm, visiting the warmer parts of the world for some autumn sun, or just enjoying the lack of stress that comes with an off-peak holiday. Octo...

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Gifts From The Sea - The Perfect Midweek Escape to The Wild Atlantic Way

Features

Never underestimate the power of seaweed…these were the thoughts that flitted through my mind as I experienced a nourishing and calming seaweed bath in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. Here I was in the final hour of my indulgent midweek break on the Wild Atlantic Way and I didn’t want it to end. My journey began early the previous morning when my group...

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Dinner Party
Indy Power, Imen McDonnell and Nicola Halloran Share Top Tips for The Perfect Dinner Party

Features

As the evenings get longer and darker and the wintry weather sets in, leaving the house seems less and less attractive. The hermit season doesn’t have to mean you miss out on fantastic food and spending time with friends, why not transform your dining room into a shelter from the storm with a cosy dinner party? There is nothing better than sharing ...

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The Issue of Overtourism And The Need to Change Our Travel Habits

Travel

Picture this: You’re standing in front of a famous tourist attraction, the main reason for your visit to a city, and you can’t even enjoy what you’re looking at. Why? Because there are about 100 other people clamouring to get to the front of the crowd to take their precious selfie for social media before moving onto the next big attraction. ...

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Overtourism

 

Bar Reviews

A Creative Bar Serving Some of Dublin's Coolest Cocktails - Bow Lane Bar Review
A Creative Bar Serving Some of Dublin's Coolest Cocktails - Bow Lane Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Bow Lane is consistently surprising. It might sound like an oxymoron but the venue is one of those places you can always rely on, a bar that offers the golden triangle of quality, hospitality and creativity. I went there recently on a Friday with the intention to start my weekend with a cocktail. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but when I'...

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A One-Stop Venue for All your Nightlife Needs - Tramline Review
A One-Stop Venue for a Fantastic Night Out - Tramline Review

Bars & Venues

We all have our go-to places: the relaxed bar to chill with a glass of wine, the cool pub for pizza and pints; the sleek nightclub worth dressing up for. What if I told you that the recently opened Tramline combines these venues into one? This multi-area, multi-purpose place has been open for a few weeks and after being intrigued by its industria...

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Coffee & Cafe Review

Moving With The Tide - Ebb & Flow Coffee Shop Review

Reviews

"Great coffee doesn’t just happen" – these words are painted above the door of Ebb & Flow Coffee, a gem in the heart of Clontarf. As soon as you walk through the doors of Ebb & Flow Coffee, you’re greeted by the smell of coffee beans and the sounds of people chatting amongst themselves over a cup of their favourite stea...

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A Charming Charlemont Street Café You Need to Visit - Sip & Slurp Café Review

Drinks

If you haven't yet visited Sip & Slurp, on Charlemont Street, then you may have already drooled over their Instagram feed. There you'll find generously filled wraps, the finest latte art, hearty salads and oozing cheese toasties, pulled apart for dramatic effect. Nestled between the bustle and hustle of Harcourt Street and Camden Street, I must a...

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Featured Drink Stories

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Firing Up the Irish Cocktail Scene - Darren Geraghty from Candlelight Bar at Siam Thai

Cocktails

For bartender Darren Geraghty, working in a bar used to follow a predictable pattern: within a period of approximately three years, he would optimise the venue's workflow, develop cocktails and implement the necessary upgrades to take the place to the next level before moving on to the next challenge. Three years have passed already...

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All Hail the Espresso Martini - How did the Caffeinated Cocktail Took Over Irish Bars
All Hail the Espresso Martini - How did the Caffeinated Cocktail Take Over Irish Bars?

Cocktails

Wake up and smell the coffee: If there's a drink that has divided and conquered the Irish cocktail scene, it's the Espresso Martini. Unlike the Cosmopolitan or the Old Fashioned, the drink has climbed its way to the top without the help of a Carrie Bradshaw or a Don Draper and while it's not that new, it has experienced and accelerated revival and it's...

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Producer Spotlight

Wicked Wholefoods'
For the Love of Gránola - The Wicked Wholefoods Story

Interviews

"I've cooked my way across the globe with a cello on my back, a yoga mat at my feet and a blender at the ready." These are the words of Tara-Lee Byrne, a professional raw and whole foods chef who is also the founder of Wicked Wholefoods, a selection of hand-baked gránolas inspired by grá - the Irish word for love. Looking back, ...

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Bertagni Pasta Simply Better
The Oldest Pasta Producers in the World Share The Secrets to Pasta Perfection

Features

A bowl of sunny yellow pasta pillows, enclosing a rich, fresh and flavoursome filling within its folds, strewn with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano and glistening with the sheen of melted butter is surely one of life's most satisfyingly simple pleasures, and if you're going to indulge in a plateful of Italy's most famous export than who better to look t...

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Recipes