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The Old Spot
Denise McBrien
14 Bath Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4,

Telephone: +353 (0)1 660-5599

The Old Spot, on Bath Avenue in Sandymount, is undoubtedly one of the hottest gastro pubs in the country. The Michelin man clearly agrees; given that it has featured in their &ls...

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Opening Hours:
Lunch 12pm-3pm
Dinner 5.30pm-late
Sat: 5.30pm-10.30pm
Sun: 1pm-8pm
A La Carte:
Mains €16.95-€31
Table d’Hote:
Lunch €37/Dinner €47
Early Bird:
2/3 courses €24/€29
Sunday Lunch:
Children’s Menu:
Number of Covers:
80 downstairs
70 upstairs
Wheelchair Facilities:
Credit Cards:
Private Dining Facilities:
Sandymount Station

About The Restaurant

The Old Spot, on Bath Avenue in Sandymount, is undoubtedly one of the hottest gastro pubs in the country. The Michelin man clearly agrees; given that it has featured in their ‘Eating out in Pubs’ guide for the past four years.

Bursting with atmosphere, The Old Spot offers a perfect casual gastro experience. Warm and welcoming with ‘distressed’ wooden furniture and floors, plus lots of interesting antique bric-a-brac about the place, there’s a really classic warm pub feeling.

We rolled in one evening and we definitely weren’t disappointed. The place was packed on our arrival, but we’d timed it just right, as a table at the corner of the banquette had just been vacated. Comfortably ensconced, with menus in-hand, Brendan ordered a pint, whilst I enjoyed a tasty rhubarb Sidecar cocktail of cognac, Cointreau, rhubarb liqueur and bitters, from their extensive selection of Old Spot cocktails. I wanted to try them all but himself said “hold on now”.

Starters included a whipped Crozier blue cheese, pear, walnut and chicory salad; citrus-cured salmon with buttermilk, beets, horseradish and Goatsbridge caviar; along with a potato, mussel and chorizo veloute, served with homemade brown bread. Their Old Spot sausage roll went down a treat for Brendan, with its violet mustard and celeriac slaw, while tiger prawn pil pil, with chilli, garlic, rocket and a side of sourdough, had me off to a great start.

For the mains, roast Feighcullen duck breast with parsnip, rainbow chard, pear and duck rosti sounded divine; as did hand-rolled gnocchi with roast beetroot, butternut squash and crispy kale. A roast Atlantic cod with artichoke, chestnuts, bacon and cavalo nero was winking at me, but, I just couldn’t say no to a delicious Gloucester pork belly, with mash potato, winter cabbage, zingy apple mustard and cider jus. Sweet and succulent to the last bite, it was ace – as was a side of crispy onion shoe strings. Across the table a perfectly charred McLoughlin’s dry-aged rib-eye with bone marrow crumb, pepper sauce and hand cut chips was being eagerly devoured.

Puds at the Old Spot, which also offer recommended dessert wine pairings, had a pear and almond tart with vanilla ice-cream; chocolate pistachio ganache with praline, pistachio ice-cream and berry coulis; as well as an Irish artisanal cheese selection. For me, a mascarpone mousse with caramel jelly and hazelnut biscotti was just the thing. Light and airy, with a deliciously sweet flavour by way of the caramel, it was delightful with its pairing, a glass of Spanish Alsina & Sardi Cava Reserve Brut. Brendan loved his tasty slice of lemon drizzle cake with curd and soft meringue, along with a glass of French Lions de Suduiraut.

The Old Spot is also hugely popular with the lunchtime crowds, when, apart from their gastropub classics such as the Old Spot Pie and Scraggy Bay beer battered fish & chips, they offer a great selection of mains as well as a great value Express lunch deal. On top of that the Old Spot is the place to be on Sundays, when their fab roast lunches are served up with delicious duck fat roast potatoes.

Not only will you have been well fed when you leave, you’ll have had great fun with plenty of people watching.

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