Whelehan’s Wines: Hampers For The Wine Lovers..

If you’re from Dublin, you’ll know the Silver Tassie in Loughlinstown, it was always a bit of a landmark, in 2014  it was taken over by Whelehan Wines and to be frank, it’s the Harrods of wine shops, a vast space filled with the most sumptuous wines with regular wine tasting events and a cafe with delicious pastries and coffee.

a picture of coffee from whelehan's

Coffee and pastry from Whelahan’s cafe.

Whelehan’s only select the finest wines from a range of hand picked vineyards with wines from €8.99 so you’re sure to get something special.

This Christmas, if you’re fretting over gifts for friends, then look no further, David’s team have come up with some beautiful hampers for Christmas. Whether it’s a male friend who appreciates a good craft beer or a friend that has everything and loves luxury & sparkling wine-like myself (I have indeed dropped a huge hint on this one) there is something for everyone.


First off, you have the Prosecco & Chocolate Hamper, I sent this picture to Mr.Creative Yoke, just in case ‘Santa’ has any issues on deciding what to get me, you know yourself.. This hamper comes in at €59.00, it’s not going to break the bank and will bring a torrent of pleasure to the recipient, 6x 20cl bottles of Bottega Prosecco & 2 Bean & Goose chocolate bars are also in this hamper…just to make it that extra bit special…





And then there is the 6 Bottle Craft Beer Gift Set, a selection of some of Ireland’s best craft beers, now this would make a great stocking filler for my husband who loves craft beers, priced at €28.





Lastly, I’m featuring the Half Bottle Hamper, a selection of 6 of Davids favourite half bottles of Wine, aparkling Wine & Port, not forgetting a bar of Bean & Goose again as we all know, chocolate & wine are a perfect pairing. The hamper retails at €89.



For a wider selection of their hampers and Christmas gifts or find out more about products, pop over to their website.

 Call: 01 901 1144

Drop them and email: sales@whelehanswines.ie




Cocoa Brown:The Goddess Collection Shimmer Oils

unnamed1-1Christmas is on the way and Marissa Carter, the genius she is, has brought out a multipack of her beautiful Goddess oils, guaranteed to make you twinkle like the string lights at the office Christmas party. The multipack features the new ‘Ice Goddess’ which is perfect for the season that’s in it. The best thing is that they can be used as ‘Primelighters’ applied to the skin under your makeup to give a healthy dewy glow- but remember, a little goes a long way, leave the C-3PO look to him… I love it down my shins and my collar bones.. The pack is available from Primark for €13.







Fallon & Byrne Dun Laoghaire

The Exterior Of The Old Tea Rooms (Now Fallon & Byrne)

You’ve got to love Fallon & Byrne, Ireland’s oasis for the seasoned epicurean, they have fruit and veg you will never have heard of before…like Mouli…had no idea what that was- now I know it’s a vegetable used a lot in Asian cooking.. it also seems to be the only place you can get a Dragonfruit in Dublin..

Moving swiftly on, F&B have been copied by other businesses around the country but never equalled, upstairs in the Exchequer St location, is a function room and an elegant continental style restaurant with crisp white linens. The People’s park restaurant opened in the old Victorian tea room building which used to be a dingy old greasy spoon with PVC tablecloths, painted white walls, strip lighting and bad coffee, the overhaul was a breath of fresh air when it arrived, circa 2014, a large space with wooden floors, the painted walls were banished and extended out with glass walls, wood and red brick with cozy wool chairs and the upmarket gastropub menu is to die for! On the menu is fluffy panko coated cod (actual cod not substitute) with delicious home made tartare sauce, and the burgers are to die for Ballyhenry beef with basil aioli and pickled cucumber with deliciously crisp french fries. If you just want a bowl of soup to warm your heart, the portions are huge and do try the seafood chowder, chock full of fish, big hearty chunks, you won’t need to eat for a week!!

Mixed Vegetable Soup With Toasted Pine Nuts..

Panko-Breaded Cod with pea puree, home made tartare sauce & French Fries

Fallon & Byrne Burger

If That’s Not Food Porn…What Is?

I do love how the staff are all bubbly, have a passion for food and engage in banter with punters, it’s so refreshing, the atmosphere is as light and airy as the decor- a breath of fresh air! If you find yourselves overwhelmingly full with a feeling of “Bolg na Nollaig” (Christmas belly in Irish), take a walk on the pier and get some fresh air while you walk off that overindulgence..

Honestly, it’s not very expensive, we went for our 6th wedding anniversary lunch and expected to pay more, we had the full starter and main, drinks, pellegrino and a glass of Prosecco all for €65! Outstanding! Considering the quality of the food, completely top drawer! I hope you go & enjoy- ’cause you will!


RESTAURANT: Monday to Saturday 12-9pm | Sunday 12-8pm
TAKEAWAY CAFÉ DELI: open daily from 9am-5pm
 +353 1 230 3300 





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