Grey’s Lane Bistro – September News 2017

Welcome to our September at Grey’s Lane Bistro!

Catching our breath…!

August has come and gone, not a free minute to write this blog!! Now that things are quietening down a bit, I’m grabbing the opportunity to finally keep you all updated.

Dingle Harbour
Glistening water on a glorious sunny day in Dingle

Festival Season

It was a great month of August really, and although we didn’t get the opportunity to sample the festivals, races and live music ourselves, we heard tremendous feedback from many customers. So, a big “Well done!” to everyone who was involved in the organisation of these events and activities in Dingle and around the Peninsula…

Opening Times

In September the Bistro will open from 12.00pm (for lunch) until 8:30/9.00pm (for evening meals) Tuesday to Sunday, and from11am Saturday & Sunday for brunch. A significant part of our staff is leaving at the end of the season, so we are closing one day a week (Monday). Bookings are very much advisable for an early evening or evening meal on 066 915 2770 to avoid disappointment.

Vegetarian tagine
Vegetarian tagine, cumin, mint & chickpeas with couscous

“Jazz on Sunday” and Piano

Regarding the live music at the Bistro, we are still looking forward to our weekly dose of “Jazz On Sunday” throughout the month and a few Saturday evenings with Louise on the piano on the 2nd, the 9th and possibly the 16th of September. I will keep you updated on our our Facebook and Twitter.

Remember you can tag your photos #greyslanebistro on Instagram and we’d love to hear from you on Tripadvisor if you feel like it, it is always greatly appreciated…

September Festivals & Activities

The Dingle Marathon is just around the corner on the 2nd of September. Best of luck to everyone taking part! We are nearly fully booked for the early sitting, but a good few tables are still available for later Saturday evening .

Dingle-marathon-1-mile-sign
On your marks, get set, …..


The Dingle Tradfest takes place the following weekend on the 10th and 11th with artists like Kern, Velocity (half of that group being local…) and many more.

Dingle Food Festival 2017

The rest of the month, I’m sure, will fly by and then it will be time for what a lot of locals call “the best festival of the year”The 11th Dingle Food Festival takes place from the 29th of September to the 1st of October, and if last year is anything to go by it promises to be another fantastic weekend…

Head Chef Ed at Dingle Food Festival 2016
Throwback to Dingle Food Festival 2016 with Ed on duty…

We haven’t decided yet what we will prepare for that weekend, but it will definitely have something to do with food, wine and music!!!

See you soon…

Anyway, have a nice few weeks and enjoy the beautiful autumn light and softness in the air… See you soon at the Bistro or around Dingle!

Grey’s Lane Bistro – November News 2016

Welcome to our November at Grey’s Lane Bistro!

…back to school …again!

Mid-term break is over, back to school!!! (or not…)
We had a lovely and busy week with lots of visitors from near and abroad, enjoying the mild autumnal weather and the Halloween celebrations.

“The Road Not Travelled”

John Holstead’s  “The Road Not Travelled”, is attracting its fair share of bidding and positive comments at the Bistro (don’t forget, every time you place a bid, €5.00 goes to the charity Hope Guatemala!!!!)
The sculpture is particularly striking in the evening when the lights come on…

John Holstead's The Road Not Travelled Sculpture
“The Road Not Travelled” when the lights come on.

From the kitchen…

Nougat dessert at Grey's Lane Bistro Dingle Restaurant
Nougat… new desserts on the way.

November is when we prepare for the upcoming end of year celebration. Ed and the team are trying out new ideas and recipes, for desserts in particular, what do you think about this lovely looking nougat?

No worries, you will get to taste it soon…

Opening Times

As for us at the Bistro, we are concentrating mostly on day trade : we are open every day from 11 to 4pm for breakfast, lunch and coffee, and Jazz On Sunday is still going on, Joe and Hakan are looking forward to entertain you with their mix of modern and old time Jazz from 2 to 4pm every Sunday, call by for a bite or a drink.

On Saturday the 12th of November we will also be open for dinner. Bookings will be essential for this particular evening as most tables are already reserved.

National Circus Festival of Ireland

November is a much quieter month before the buzz of December. Still, there is a bit to do when you know where to look for it. For example, the National Circus Festival of Ireland takes place in Tralee (November 10 -13) and  this year is their 15th anniversary. They’ve got some amazing international acts, acrobats, magicians and jugglers to name but a few performers… a great way to beat the grey, misty November blues and fun for all ages.

Camphill Annual Winter Craft Fair

On the 20th it’s the Camphill Annual Winter Craft Fair. You always get a warm welcome and it feels good to visit this long established community and sample their delicious jams and herbal teas (Christmas stocking ideas!!).

Christmas Party Menu

Grey's Lane Bistro Christmas Party Menu 2016
Christmas Party Menu 17th December

Keep an eye out for our posters and flyers in town, advertising for our Christmas party night on Saturday 17th December.  Whether with friends or colleagues, small or larger groups, all are welcome!

Other Voices arrives in town

From the 27th of November the crew of Other Voices will start arriving into town!!… Rejoice, music lovers, if last year is anything to go by,  the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Dec 2016 should be exceptional!!!

See you soon…

Last year we were delighted to host Maria Kelly and Saramai. Of course we will host some of the Music Trail acts at the Bistro again this year, but which ones??….. You will have to check our  Facebook or Twitter for updates…. See you soon!

Grey’s Lane Bistro – October News 2016

Welcome to our October at Grey’s Lane Bistro!

Bye Bye Dingle Food Festival 2016

Wow! Just catching our breath! The the 10th Dingle Food Festival has passed and gone; a great success seems to be the consensus. So much colour, entertainment, wonderful food, glorious sunshine and of course a fantastic food-loving crowd out to enjoy themselves! Did you enjoy it as much as we did? Thank you all for coming to visit us and sharing in the good-humoured fun!

Dingle Carnival Band providing the entertainment outside Grey's Lane Bistro
Dingle Carnival Band outside Grey’s Lane Bistro

If I had to choose one of my favourite things out of the two days, out of so many great magical moments, it would be when Hakan went on full hard rock mode while jamming with the Dingle Carnival Band outside the Bistro … priceless….!!

“The Road Not Travelled”

John Holstead’s magnificent sculpture, “The Road Not Travelled”, takes pride of place in the main dining area and is getting great reaction from our customers. Have you had a chance to admire it from different angles? Why not call in to the official launch at the Bistro this Thursday the 13th at 7pm, all welcome!!

John Holstead's The Road Not Travelled Sculpture
“The Road Not Travelled” by John Holstead… from above.

John’s work will remain within our walls until it leaves for a new home during Feile Na Beailtane 2017. There will be a sealed auction for the work ending on the 1st of May 2017. Bidding forms and envelopes can be obtained from the Bistro for a fee of €5 which will be donated to the charity Hope Guatemala.

Dingle Folk Festival 2016

Dingle Folk Fest 2016 Lineup Poster
Dingle Folk Fest 2016

Despite being a quiet month, October on the peninsula still has a lot to offer both locals and weekenders alike: the first edition of the “Dingle Folk Festival”  takes place from the 14th to the 16th  and we are really looking forward to enjoying both national and local talent in Dingle! The likes of Damien Dempsey, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Breaking Trad to mention but a few…..

Opening Times

As the tourist season slows down our opening times from now on will be 11am to 4pm daily, Sunday 11 to 5pm, for breakfast, lunch and coffee, and for early evening and evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays 6 to 9pm.

Roast Butternut Squash with Cardamom & Rosemary Soup
Ready for some Roast Butternut Squash with Cardamom & Rosemary Soup?

You can check our  Facebook or Twitter for updates. Remember you can tag your photos #greyslanebistro on Instagram and we’d love to hear from you on Tripadvisor.

More October Festivals

The end of the month will see two more events. The Annascaul Walking Festival from Friday the 28th to Monday the 31st  if you like hillwalking and want to explore some of the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. We are so spoilt for choice with so many beautiful walks right on our doorstep!

Walking South West off Conor Pass towards Dingle
Hillwalking near Conor Pass overlooking Dingle

The Dingle Maritime Weekend is also on that weekend on the 29th & 30th if you’re more of a sea lover… I’m sure the weather will oblige and provide the perfect backdrop….

Halloween

…and before we know it, the holidays will be here, Halloween celebrations and bonfires, plenty of pumpkins and autumnal colours, turf burning in the fire place: my favourite time of the year….. that is, after Christmas, of course!!

Happy Halloween from Grey's Lane Bistro Dingle Restaurant
Happy Halloween

See you soon…

….but too early to talk about Christmas Parties, Santa, decorations….., isn’t it? We’ll talk about that next time…. Let’s enjoy October at the Bistro first… See you soon!