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I really should just say "fabulous" and leave it at that!
We picked up on the Old Mill via a recommendation in the hotel where we were staying (the Gresham, and the recommendation was from a fellow guest who overheard us discussing where we might...have have dinner within a walk of the hotel).
Despite my preconception of Temple Bar being for either tourists or the bright young things of Dublin, we looked at the menu and were immediately impressed, the wife being a lamb shank-aholic and me being a straightforward foodie.
However, thanks to both the fall-out from the pandemic in terms of both staff shortages and limited visitor numbers, when we arrived at the Old Mill we were informed that they were just operating a shortened menu and would be back to full service in a month or two. We were going to leave, but our host was so nice, we decided to stay. Anyway, who really likes walking out of somewhere when you have sat down, perused the menu and started to chat with the establishment host?
Now, the most amazing things about our meal is that I don't like meat stew, and Mrs Steddyeddy is not too keen on cottage pie. But our host swore blind that we would enjoy the dishes. So, with a Guinness for me and a G&T for herself to brace ourselves, we ordered one of each and waited with bated breath hoping we hadn't made an epicurean mistake.
BOY OH BOY! What INCREDIBLE tasty and wholesome food! We were expecting typical pub fare (at €15 a dish, our expectations were firmly towards being underwhelmed), but how wrong we were! Absolutely brilliant honest food. Now, I know you are thinking, how hard is it to get a cottage pie and steak stew wrong, but mark my words, some pubs and restaurants can get it wrong quite professionally.
But not the Old Mill. I was only sorry it wasn't 40 years previously when I was features editor, diarist and restaurant reviewer for a magazine, because I would have had The Old Mill on the front cover as well as the late Bobby Howick (sales director of Guinness in the late 70's) on the inside discussing Guinness with the owner!More
We ate here in May 2019 before meeting with our guide and tour mates on a 9 day GAdventures tour of Ireland. Sorry for the delayed review.
The Old Mill was a few blocks from our hotel and offered and opportunity to enjoy some traditional...Irish meals on our first days in Dublin. The atmosphere is certainly Irish or at least what I think of as Irish. We ordered the Bangers and Mash and the Seafood Chowder with soda bread, and drank Harp and Guiness. It was delicious and well worth a visit.More
I would not advertise an authentic Irish restaurant with the slogan “Gluten free menu” and that’s what I saw right at the entrance. There is a thin line between being authentic and being desperate. When you see something like that, the charm is gone. Despite...its popularity, the place was empty, which was quite unexpected even in the morning hours (I came here to eat breakfast). The food was very good, not spectacular though. I did not have a comparison so it is hard for me to say whether an Irish breakfast could be tastier. For now, I cannot give the highest rate but would come back here to try more from their menu.More