Oysters at The Shelbourne


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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6 Responses

  1. Lorraine says:

    I’ve read so much about the Shelbourne in the last few weeks, we’re definitely going to stay there on our next trip to the big smoke!!I hope it lives up to expectation!

  2. Caroline says:

    If you get a night there, Lorraine, you’ll have to let us know all about it! A friend of mine stayed in there a few years ago, before it was done up, and he loved it – although one of the things that I think he liked best was the old-world ambience. I’m not sure if that’s all been improved out of it at this stage, though, but the public areas certainly are luxurious!

  3. Laura says:

    My brother had his wedding reception there about 5 years ago and it was definitely a case of faded grandeur at that time (in a good way). I stayed with my mum and little one in a junior suite and indulgent is the only word that springs to mind. The bed was HUGE, the bathroom marble-lined with a shower rose the size of a dinner plate and a seperate sitting area for “reclining” prior to your evening out!Last but not least the breakfast: there’s a buffet, what else do you need?!The reception spaces look amazing in your picture so I hope they have managed to achieve a good balance between the old and new. It would make it a perfect luxury getaway.

  4. Caroline says:

    I like the idea of a place to recline before you head off for your evening out! I borrowed that photo (ahem!) from the hotel’s own website – there are a few more online here if you feel like comparing/contrasting the old and the new!

  5. Karl says:

    Is that me you’re referring to Caroline? If so then, yes, it was the olde-worlde shabby-grande ambience that thrilled me so about that historic hotel although the location, the bedroom views (autumn leaves on the Green one time and soft summer rains another), the swimming pool (who knew that was there?), the valet parking and the sumptuous breakfasts all helped along with the many cocktails in the Horseshoe Bar – I look forward to seeing the changes there with you next week maybe…

  6. Caroline says:

    My memories of the Shelbourne are indeed tied up with the night of your birthday in the Horseshoe Bar, Karl. I remember it was a grey, wintery night and I got the bus into town for martinis in the Shelbourne…from one extreme to the other!

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