Weekend loves: This week's must do, see and buy

After a tough year with a fire and an almost five-month closure, Elbow Lane on Cork’s Oliver Plunkett St is back in business. 

They turned tragedy into opportunity, making changes to the layout of the restaurant. 

They increased the size of the grill and made the kitchen area more open so that customers really get a sense of how their meal is being cooked. 

Their range of their own craft beers are now all back on draught and the team made the McKenna’s Guides Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland 2017 at the weekend.

The restaurant’s no-reservation policy remains the same and is operating on a first- come, first-served basis. Open from 5pm everyday until late.


Listoke Estate near Drogheda is Ireland’s newest gin distillery and the first bottles of flora and spice scented Listoke 1777 appeared on shelves in the last few weeks. 

A bespoke tour of the distillery is recommended as not only can you sample their new gin and learn how gin is made, there is also the chance to distil your very own gin to take home. 

The mini-stills produce just one bottle. Generous soakage is also provided including fresh pizza from the distillery’s wood-burning oven. 

€95 with reductions for groups; available Saturday afternoons or evenings. 



French Connection is already a mainstay in Irish fashion. And now, at long last, we’ll get a taste of their interiors as they launch their furniture line in Ireland.

At Powerscourt, Dublin, expect bedding and throws, hand dyed textiles in pigmented pinks and stoneware ceramics. 

Best of all? There’s 10pc off at the launch of Homeware next Saturday, March 4. We’re excited.


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