We were invited to take a trip to surprise Matthew’s best friend on his birthday trip to Dublin. Jourdan his name is, had no idea that we would be joining him for his birthday arranged by his girlfriend Millie. Both of them are experienced travellers, so we knew that our trip would be fun and activity filled.
We got a quite early flight from Stanstead and flew to Dublin, by the time we got there we were STARVING, so Im glad our meeting/ surprise point Jourdan was a brunch spot called The Fumbally. It took Jourdan a good few seconds to click that it was us, the fact that Matthew has lost his beard was quite a big factor in the ‘I cant register who this person standing in front of me is’. After hugs and all we sat down to enjoy and INCREDIBLE brunch and also an organic flapjack (me and Maff were pretty hangry and need quite a bit to eat ). After Brunch, we though it would be wise to check in at our apartment, which was close to the river and only a 10 minute walk from the centre. We stayed in a big serviced apartment for about £180 in total for the weekend, so only £45 each. It was great! We dropped off our bags and headed to the pub. Jourdan and millie love to delve into the world of craft beers, in fact its kinda their hobby, collectors of beers. So for a good pint we tried The Brew Dock which was close to our apartment and tried quite a few different types of craft beers. After a lovely afternoon in a warm and friendly environment, we stumbled back for a disco nap, to then get ready for our meal out.
Millie had booked a table at a restaurant by the river called The Winding Stair. It was a relatively fine dining with a really cosy and welcoming feel. The food and drink was delicious and it felt so inviting that we could of sat there all night.
The next day we started with an another amazing brunch, I didn’t catch the name however of the place, but it served up great coffee, donuts and of course great food. I had chorizo jam with eggs, something I can say was new to me, but was incredible! The others had a hearty full breakfast in a bowl. I like it when things come in bowls.
The rest of the Day was spent at the Guinness Museum and Brewery which was a lot of fun and super interesting. It was a lot bigger than I thought, with a price of 20 Euro each however it ought to be big and activity filled. You do get a complimentary pint at the end of the tour though and all the bard had an Irish Folk band in.
We finished there and walked back towards town where we found another pub specialising in craft beers called The Beer Market. Here we drank more and I met up with Leanne, it was so good to be reunited as the last time I saw her was on our Interrail trip.
We all got a bit merry so the next stop was of course food. We tried a Mexican place called 777, not your usual Mexican with rich sauces and lots of cheese, no this had a little more elegance and effort put into it. The dishes came out a bit like tapas, so you could order lots for your table, and I must say it was exquisite (and needed).
The final day we spent walking off our hangovers with first an amazing middle eastern inspired brunch at Brother Hubbard, Dublin castle, the University, many coffee stops, a donut stop and the market. The walking and drinking had definitely taken its toll as we were all flagging by the end of it.
But it was a great weekend and I really enjoyed it! Thank you Millie for organising it all and thank you Dublin for being really cool!