The hotel’s response to Covid-19 was to provide a safe haven for its guests and long standing customers to enjoy arguably Dublin’s best outdoor space set in the new Piazza on Earlsfort Terrace which was recently reopened following an impressive refurbishment.
The Piazza was re-designed by famed landscape architect Robert Townshend whose vision was to create a space for the city, local residents and people working in the adjacent building to enjoy. Comprising, four symmetrical gardens with a reflection pool in the centre and amphitheatre style seating this is a tranquil oasis in the centre of Dublin 2 just off St. Stephens Green with an ever evolving garden that moves from season to season.
“The concept for the Terrace was born when the hotel seized an opportunity to place a converted horsebox, creatively named the ‘Horsebox’, on the Piazza taking full advantage of the vista and sun trap. Serving gourmet coffee and snacks to a few locals and passers-by at a time when the city was effectively empty, the team at Conrad Dublin decided to expand on this offering following the success of the ‘Horsebox’” said general manager, Martin Mangan.
The design narrative and concept for the space was to create a local neighbourhood venue inspired by nature and simple design.
This involved using as many natural materials as possible, upcycling and recycling and bringing the beautiful outdoor gardens indoors, but also taking full advantage of Robert Townshend’s amazing design & gardens.
The natural place to start was the Terrace Pantry & Café which features solid recycled oak planks and tables that have been repurposed to make the counter, refurbished vintage industrial lighting, the old phone booths remain from yesteryear and are now the perfect place to cocoon and do some work.
The offering is not just another coffee shop.
Serving organic and single origin coffee, the most amazing pastries by the team in the Conrad Kitchen, poke bowls, artisan sandwiches, a large selection of wine from the Conrad cellar at very affordable prices, home bakes, breads, organic vegetables, the best of Irish Cheeses, charcuterie, olive oils, baking ingredients and an unusual array of hard to find Japanese and Asian products.
Open 7 days a week for breakfast/brunch, lunch, Afternoon Tea & dinner the vibe is very much chilled out with cool tunes by secret DJ, stripped back service, marble tables and soft leather chairs inside.
In the centre of the space is an island bar, which for now guests cannot sit at due to covid-19 guidelines, but the team believes this will become a destination for those looking for some casual dining or somewhere to enjoy a hand crafted cocktail or a glass of Champagne.
The outdoor terrace is an amazing spot to enjoy the views of the gardens and sip a glass of champagne whilst watching the world pass by. Henriot Champagne the only remaining independent family run house in Champagne who has been a partner of the Conrad for some years now has branded the outdoor terrace with classy white umbrellas. The menu is simple and uncomplicated, changing with the seasons, the offering is very much bistro serving a menu based around the best seasonal Irish Ingredients, many of which are available for sale in the pantry next door. Firm favourites are the Fritto Misto and Chef Gary Rogers’ own take on the traditional club sandwich, served on open homemade sourdough with buttermilk chicken, yum!
The interior features soft shades of green throughout, indoor planting features heavily along with marble, brass, leather and wood, which adds a touch of luxury, but very much understated. Distinct areas for dining and enjoying a drink create a unique space with lots of options and cubby holes to hide away. The service is friendly and professional yet relaxed and informal.
The team at The Terrace are working on a few other concepts, which are yet to be unveiled. The hotel is operating under strict Covid-19 policies and procedures Covid-19 Policies
To pre-book a table please call +353 1 6028876 or E: theterracekitchen@ConradHotels.com