The Woollen Mills has been one of the most iconic buildings and businesses in Dublin for over one hundred years, so Director’s Kate Dean paid a visit to one of the capitals top eating spots
Beside the Ha’penny Bridge in Ireland’s capital sits the old home of the famous Dublin Woollen Mills, which once employed James Joyce as a salesman.
The haberdashery stopped trading in 2012, but the building was bought by Elaine Murphy, who owns respected nearby restaurant The Winding Stair, and in 2014 it was relaunched as a stylish eatery of stripped-back industrial interiors and tasty local food.
With four floors regularly packed to their sociable gunnels, this is a lively place to take a client, or just to grab sustenance on the run from the in-house bakery that serves breads, pastries and cakes, as well as a selection of sandwich and salads during the day.
The Woollen Mills is quintessentially Irish and aims to be an ‘Eating House‘, a house of food, a place to grab a coffee and bun, a serious plate of Irish ham and chips, a place to take home a box of salads and scones, sourdough and sausage rolls, or sit with seven courses of anchovies and crab and herrings and pork and beef rib.
Director stayed for dinner and had Ortiz anchovies with potato sourdough toast, farmhouse butter, shallots and capers followed by Ha’penny Bridge coddle. For dessert, the dark chocolate and pecan brownie with Wexford ice-cream is a must. A meal as epic as Ulysses itself.