Catherine Cleary with Minnie on her last Christmas Eve walk on the South Wall

Knowing the moment is coming doesn’t make it easier when it rushes towards you

Ken Kinsella, owner of The Source Bulk Foods in Rathmines, Dublin 6. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In the war against plastic, small battles can be won at the food and produce shelves

It is easy to grow your own salads in a window box at home. Photograph: iStock

No more black salad mulch in the fridge drawer when you compost and grow your own

Richard Nairn: his book, Wildwoods,  draws from 40 years of experience working as an ecologist

‘Long life and stability’ of threatened habitat inspired ecologist to write Wildwoods

Catherine Cleary at Beach House in Tramore. Photograph: Patrick Browne

For her last assignment, Catherine Cleary tries socially distant dining

Chef Mr Wang  cooking in kitchen of Musashi. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The innovative ways in which restaurants are reaching customers under lockdown

John Green of Green’s Berry Farm, Gorey, Co Wexford, used to sell 75 per cent of his strawberries to supermarkets. Now he’s reversed that and 75 per cent of the crop is bought by customers who come to his farm.   Photograph: Patrick Browne

Students who might have been on a J1 might be strawberry picking in Wexford instead

Volunteer Jen Coonan and Slunchbox CEO Hanan Swan deliver lunch and dinner to local   resident John Fitzsimons in the Tenters area of Dublin 8. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A hot school lunch idea has pivoted to a food service for locals on lockdown in Dublin

Maria and David Flynn at  their recently opened drive-thru’  spudshack at Ballymakenny, Co Louth. Photograph:   Johnny Bambury

Ballymakenny Farm Potatoes has moved from supplying chefs to a drive-through and courier service

Katherine O’Hanlon with seedling trays of Oriental Mustard Greens at Jackdaw Farm near Oldcastle in Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Is farming a two-acre smallholding in Co Meath for the birds? Not at Jackdaw Farm

A McDonald’s Big Mac. Photograph. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

How I re-created McDonald’s most famous burger in my kitchen (It’s all in the sauce)

Irish Times restaurant reviewer Catherine Cleary: ‘Serious State support will be needed to salvage anything from the wreckage.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

My reviews are on ice. What will be left of our restaurant industry when the thaw comes?

The wild salad.

‘It’s the food we want to eat ourselves and we want to share it with other people’

Imogen Rabone started Trees on the Land to encourage landowners to plant native Irish trees.

Imogen Rabone started Trees on the Land to encourage landowners to grow native trees

From a loft-like cafe in Kildare to a fine vegetarian in Sligo, these great places make for a terrific pit stop

The dining room at Ballyvolane House. Photograph: Jacqui McSweeny

Restaurant review: Ballyvolane House is a lovely way to experience the food of home

The Old Spot in Dublin 4: Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

From shameless 1970s indulgence to a late afternoon feast, you won’t go wrong with these great spots

Kitchen 85 is on Marlborough Street in Dublin 1.

Restaurant review: ‘It's weird not eating this food from some kind of cardboard box’

There is a visual allure to a stack of thick American pancakes. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Shrove Tuesday: Use a good pan and have kitchen roll to hand, advises Catherine Cleary

Restaurant review: Woodruff has spades of ambition and makes the most of its space

Robert Mungo (centre) tends to guests at Grano in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. A two-course lunch costs €12. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

These 10 places have one thing in common: it’s all about the food. Treat the kids – and yourself

This Dublin newcomer uses the best ingredients and cooks them lovingly

On February 14th, restaurant staff place bets on who will storm out first from a St Valentine’s date

Restaurateurs share trade secrets of the ‘worst night of the year’

Lunch is sorted. Photograph: iStock

Try these 16 places for great food that won't cost you a fortune

Restaurant review: This new Italian operates at breakneck speed, but does so very well

Liath, at Blackrock Market, Co Dublin:  reverent and irreverent in equal measure. Photograph: Alan Betson

Review: Liath is a beautiful, joyful one-man show with no stiff service or reverential whispering

Review: This accomplished cooking is wildly successful with the after-work crowd

Lignum would look at home in Norway or Copenhagen. Photograph: Julia Dunin

Review: This impressive restaurant weaves culinary magic and produces fine dining

Catherine Cleary: when I was 19, I lived on tinned tuna and pasta for days so I could spend a week’s salary on a black swing coat with a high collar that felt like a hug. Photograph: Tom Honan

After years of full-strength retail therapy, charity shops would be my nicotine patches

The Georgian dining room at Cornucopia

Review: One of the few places you can eat well, in a lovely room, for a reasonable price

The menu has potential but the food is mystifyingly lacking in flavour

Food heaven: Soup, Aimsir, Tiller + Grain (top row), and the Cheese Press, Ox and Bia Rebel

My most memorable food of 2019 was made by cooks and chefs who put food joy on plates

Taza Restaurant on Ardcollum Avenue in Artane, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Review: This Pakistani restaurant in Artane proves dinner in the suburbs needn’t feel like a consolation prize

Liath, in Blackrock Market in south Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: fine dining without overdoing the formality? We think these hit the spot

A bowl of ramen, at Bia Rebel, 409 Ormeau Road, Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: Our go-to informal restaurants and bars

Glas Restaurant: maybe it needs to decide if it’s a vegan or a vegetarian restaurant, or a restaurant mimicking nonvegan foods. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Restaurant review: Glas seems to be vegetarian and vegan, which makes the vegan Parmesan a bit of a head-scratcher

 Maciej Garbas, (left) with Robert Skuza and Liz Devine, in kitchen in the Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Food at the Rotunda is tastier, healthier and probably cheaper than in other Irish hospitals

Jonathan O’Grady with restaurant critic Catherine Cleary. His muscular atrophy is progressing gradually as his muscles lose their strength. ‘I used to be able to lift a pint of Guinness. Now I have to drink it through a straw,’ he says.

Catherine Cleary changes her restaurant ratings after dining out with wheelchair users

Houses of the Oireachtas: its Members’ Restaurant serves seven kinds of potato if you count ‘skinny fries and chunky chips’ twice. Photograph: Alan Betson

Restaurant review: This Leinster House venue the has air of a pricey nursing home

Some say it’s a solution for a growing world. But it could be a Frankenfoods nightmare

Sinéad Ní Gháirbhith in her shop, The Cheese Press, in Ennistymon, Co Clare. When it opened two years over ago it was assumed to be a summer thing; a tourists’ deli, for seasonal blow-ins. File photograph: William Hederman

Restaurant review: Almost every morsel of food that Sinéad Ní Gháirbhith serves is local and Irish

A generation of cooks seems less likely to be dazzled by sleek lines and an Argos catalogue of electronic goods. Photograph: Getty Images

A cooker, chopping boards and a good knife are all some cooks need to work

‘Old-style’ fish andseafood soup at the Bistro

All the playful bells and whistles of a fine-dining establishment, at a heist-worthy steal

The balcony at the Farmgate Cafe, in the English Market in Cork:  A bowl of piping-hot lamb stew is everything the day outside needs. Photograph: Jessica Spengler/Flickr

Restaurant review: The English Market cafe sets a standard anywhere in Ireland should be proud to follow

The Commons Cafe at (Moli) Museum of Literature Ireland, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Restaurant review: Beneath the city’s newest museum is a little cafe with a big personality

Our favourite places for lunch, from quick bites to special occasions

Spitalfields pub and restaurant on The Coombe in Dublin 8. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Restaurant review: A real pub with great food in a real part of Dublin

Jeni Glasgow and Reuven Diaz, whose Eastern Seaboard restaurant and Brown Hound Bakery in Drogheda closed on Wednesday. Photograph: Barry Cronin

It's like a bereavement, say owners of Eastern Seaboard restaurant in Drogheda as Fish Shop plans a move out of Dublin to Tramore

Mamó restuarant Howth.Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Restaurant review: Outside are tables and blankets for outdoor lunch. Inside, the aroma of buttery fish

Everett’s in Waterford

Review: Peter Everett charges steep prices, but this is exactly the hearty cooking I need

 Aimsir restaurant, Cliff at Lyons Estate, head chef Jordan Bailey. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Good luck booking at Aimsir. It has six tables and only opens four nights a week

The Muddlers Club, Belfast: a great restaurant hiding in plain sight Photograph: Elaine Hill Photography

Review: The menu may have few words, but the food screams quality on a plate

Soup,  Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. The walls are half-white, half-peppermint green, and the floor is painted. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Review: An unpretentious place so good it should become a destination in itself

Review: This ambitious secret-garden cafe combines history with a glimpse of a better future

Le Perroquet: a slice of France on Dublin’s Leeston Street

Review: This new restaurant has talent in the kitchen, a rarity in this overheated market

A young woman chef leading a kitchen through the classics into something new has been a delight

Review: A young woman chef is leading a French kitchen from the classics into something new

Little Fox Restaurant in Ennistymon, Co Clare. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

The owners of what is a cafe by day cook wonderful food on their restaurant nights

Lily’s on Church Street, in Wicklow town

Review: This is a hard-working place where the school of cooking is very much French

Fudo Izakaya, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review: This sushi bar should steer clear of novelty and focus on what it can do best

A burger joint hits the fast-food sweet spot. Plus Stoked, Strandhill: A bonus dinner of lovingly made small plates

Alma: serving the food they love to eat. Photograph: Bríd O’Donovan

Review: An almost all-female family affair injects a rare amount of soul into the food

Dunne & Crescenzi’s spot in Sandymount, in south Dublin, serves top-notch rustic Italian food

Miyazaki, 1a Evergreen Street, Ballyphehane, Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern and more

This Aungier Street restaurant serves addictively delicious free-range chicken

Brother Hubbard, 153 Capel Street, Dublin 1

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: Some serve meat too, but all know their veg

Depending on the height of their crane, some of the men will climb down for a break during a shift, but if the pressure is on the crane operator will stay in his cab and take his break there. Photograph: Muno Bidhaway/Muno Explore

They stay in their cab for 12 hours a day, urinate in bottles, work under relentless pressure and hold the safety of citizens belo(...)

Cloud Picker Café.

Tucked under a railway bridge and in an old cinema projector room, they’re making the city better from the inside out

Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, on the Aran Islands, off Co Galway

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: All are worth going off the beaten track for

Bastible: a beautifully memorable food experience.

These chefs are a marriage made in a particularly delicious corner of heaven

Gertrude, in Dublin: planned with children (and their food- and wine-loving parents) very much in mind

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: You’ll like them as much as your kids will

Delicious food in a former Camden Street butcher’s – with a surprisingly reasonable bill

A cyclist enjoying the good weather in Phoenix Park, Dublin last week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dutch cycling expert measured air pollution in Dublin at three times Utrecht level

Barrow’s Keep, in Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

A two-course Sunday lunch is €28. You could pay more for a soul-sapping pub carvery

Chapter One, in Dublin: in love with Irish food. Photograph: Alan Betson

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: This dozen are provenance proud

Potager Skerries. Photograph: Mark Broderick

Review: It’s the work of ex-Chapter One head chef Cathal Leonard and his partner Sarah Ryan

Tiller + Grain, 23 Frederick Street South, Dublin 2. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: The coffee hangouts we love to eat in

No paper receipts in the Lucky Tortoise  on Aungier Street, Dublin. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Practices that have always made environmental sense are now making business sense

Circa: this Terenure restaurant’s fit-out is box fresh, with new wooden tables and bentwood chairs

This Terenure restaurant’s front of house is just right, but the chefs are still looking for their mojo

Catherine Cleary working front of house at Ox restaurant in Belfast. Photographs:  Stephen Davison

Irish Times restaurant critic Catherine Cleary donned an apron and spent an evening waiting tables at Michelin-starred Ox restaura(...)

24/05/2019….magazine…Leon Restuarant Temple BarPhotograph: Aidan Crawley/For the Irish Times

And a restaurant should at least give its sit-down diners a plate and real, reusable cutlery

A closure notice stuck to the window of  a Jamie’s Italian restaurant in central London. All but three of the British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s 25 UK restaurants are shutting down after the business called in administrators. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Despite recent closures, the restaurant sector is booming. More outlets mean more closures

Review: dlr Lexicon deserves an above average cafe and it’s got one in Ink Cafe

Review: The Cliff at Lyons destination clearly has its sights on two Michelin stars

Beo Restaurant on Manor Street in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

This Stoneybatter restaurant’s food is delicious. Just ditch the spirulina and up the service

Review: The big house on the shores of Lough Swilly is all about food provenance

A pianist and talented chefs make a meal at this hotel diningroom one to savour

Il Caffe di Napoli: as good lunch choices go, it’s the gutsy rustic cooking that stands out

This Westland Row restaurant seems to have won fans by doing the simple things well

Young man choosing from the menu in the restaurant.

Dining alone is a growing trend, a true test of hospitality and the list of wines by the glass

Maybe Ramen Kitchen is a victim of its own success, a small boat into which too many people have crammed and they’re trying to re-gain their stroke and steady things

Consistency is everything in small places, and with ramen there’s nowhere to hide

 Terry Wilders attends the F2 Centre in Dublin’s Fatima district every day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

GP referrals to local amenities give patients a sense of connection and belonging

Lucky Tortoise Dumpling Company, on Aungier Street in Dublin

Crowd-pleasing Korean, Chinese and Japanese small plates will tempt you back

“There’s good research that shows you have 10 to 15 per cent of the population who are willing and able to cycle,” says Kieran McGrath who set up the monthly Liffey Cycles in April 2017. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bike projects in Galway and Dublin 8 aim to reclaim the streets for cyclists

Ox belfast for magazine

The Michelin-starred food is high-art French technique but has a distinct Irish accent

Gigi, old school Italian restaurant in Ranelagh, Dublin

This Italian, which has a 1980s feel, is cheerful but definitely not cheap 

Kristina McElroy and Yomiko Chen: On McElroy’s 65th birthday, she was delighted to be a finalist in a UCD young fashion designer’s competition. Her design, a pink party dress, had an Japanese style obi belt. Photograph: Lilly Rose

Kristina McElroy is a stylish repurposer of fashion and is hosting a sartorial fix-up event

Diversity in our diet and food culture is dying. Photograph: Getty Images

Review: Bee Wilson believes our relationship with food has changed for the worse

Gertrude, 130 Pearse Street in Dublin has the personality on the plate right and the mood glow stuff of a night time restaurant should be a cinch to follow. Photograph: Tom Honan

The personality on the plate is right. A night-time glow shouldn’t be far behind

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