Secret garden

The Shelbourne Hotel’s secret garden, a comfortable outdoor space right at the heart of the hotel on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, opened quietly, for residents and private events only, last summer. But it has now been launched as a public space, The Terrace, serving drinks and light meals.

The Terrace is adjacent to the new 1824 Bar, at the top of the central staircase leading off the entrance foyer. Sharing platters of Irish cheese and charcuterie platters are a speciality of the new outdoor space and will be served from noon to 7pm daily. For the month of June, a sharing platter for two, with a sommelier’s selection of wine by the glass, will be on offer for €50.

In other food and beverage news from The Shelbourne, which celebrates its 195th birthday this year, head sommelier Nisea Doddy has introduced a “sparklers” menu of Champagne, cava and crémant, by the glass, at No 27 Bar & Lounge.

Executive chef Garry Hughes has introduced two sharing dishes to his menu in The Saddle Room – Angus beef wellington, carved tableside and served with pommes Anna, cépe purée and Madeira jus (€60 per person, 24-hour advance notice required), and French “black-leg” chicken, pot roasted crown and confit legs.

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