Covid squeeze: paying a deposit to secure a restaurant reservation is likely to become the norm. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Paying a deposit to secure a restaurant reservation is likely to become the norm, as restaurateurs respond to a new wave of no-shows that are threaten(...)

Jumoke Akintola and Peter Hogan in their restaurant, Beach House, in Tramore, Co Waterford (photographed in February, before the imposition of Covid-19 restrictions), where they will run a Christmas market. Photograph: Patrick Browne

“We were going to do a five-day week. It was worth a lot of money to us. We had a very long discussion about it and we took it to a vote.” Damien Gre(...)

Patrick Guilbaud: ‘This is worse than a war because during a war, you don’t close businesses and restaurants. You keep them going. You don’t stop a way of living.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin restaurateur Patrick Guilbaud has said the business environment for restaurants during Covid-19 is worse than what it would be like during war-(...)

Chocolate fudge layer cake. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

A decadent, moist chocolate cake, like the one you longed for as a child, is such a beautiful thing. It is the kind of cake that you dreamed of having(...)

Mount Falcon Estate in Co Mayo.

The Morrison, Dublin: Head up to the big smoke (which is less polluted since lockdown), for an overnight from €100 B&B per person sharing (pps) in(...)

We can do it: a mural by the artist Emmalene Blake on a gate in Dublin thanks healthcare workers on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Intense discussions are taking place behind closed doors among politicians, health officials and others about when to begin reopening IRELAND, and (...)

Aubergine parmigiana. File photograph: iStock

When I am at home, I enjoy cooking for my family and tend to cook dishes that can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. I enjoy simple, earth(...)

Joyce Timmins, executive chef at Marymount Care Centre in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A chef who worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Ireland and the UK before moving into hospital kitchens in Dublin has what she says is a simple s(...)

Head chef and owner of Variety Jones Keelan Higgs: “Since winning our star we’ve had 700 to 800 emails, so hopefully those seats will remain full every night into the future.”
Reaching for the stars

Eighteen restaurants now hold a Michelin star on the island of Ireland while three restaurants are the proud holders of two stars: Patrick Guilbaud at(...)

Port House Cava, Camden St, Dublin

The latest venture from the Port House group, its fifth restaurant and bar, is a 100-seater just opened on Dublin’s Camden Street and specialising in (...)

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