From Oyster Bar To Atlantic Bar

Restaurant reviewers rarely get the opportunity to influence the beginning of a new restaurant. Invariably and inevitably, they are only called in once a restaurant is open and is ripe for review rather than playing any part in possibly the more exciting period of being consulted before the builders have been called in.   But this was a role I happy fulfilled once back in 2008 thanks to Russell Norman, currently the casually dressed founder of fast spreading chain of Polpo restaurants, but back then the ever so smartly attired…






Wine and Food in Dublin

At just after 8pm last Thursday the basement of the Ely Wine Bar, just off St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, was as crowded as I have come to expect it during the past 16 years it has been under the watchful management of its founders, Erik and Michelle Robson.   The following day Jancis and I took a DART train 30 minutes south of the Irish capital to the seaside town of Glenageary home to 64 Wines. Here its owner, Gerard Maguire, was waiting to give us a tasting of…