Gallagher & Co, Bistro & Coffee House – Food Lovers, Architecture & History
a review by Irish Food Trail
Gallagher & Co, Bistro & Coffee House is a hub of activity, traditionally the Dublin meeting spot for journalists, Trinity students and visitors alike to the old city. Located in the historic D’Olier Chambers, built in 1891 by J.F Fuller for Irish Tobacco Baron Tom Gallaher. Built out of yellow brick and terracotta. Cleverly used to turn the corner, the building is prominent with its decorative features, scrolled gables and tall chimneys.
Photograph above – D’Olier Chambers just after the uprising in 1916. Look closely to right and you will see the original Gallaher’s sign, Doyles bar on the left. Not much has changed in 100 years however the statue has gone.
Gallaher & Co offers a contemporary European cafe style menu with an Irish influence. The food is always fresh and uses locally sourced produce from the finest suppliers in Dublin. Hicks butchers supply all their meats and is purchased locally from a small family business operating from Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Offering a wide range of handmade products for both shops and restaurants. From traditional rashers, sausages and puddings to the slightly more out there bacon jam (it’s like a terrine in a jar – kind of!).
Listed on the Irish Food Trails – Top 10 Irish Stews in Dublin vote for your favorite now. Drop in to Gallaher & Co to try their beef and Guinness stew, mention that we sent you, their staff are excellent and will be sure to look after you. Why not try all the places on our top 10 list or join us on the Irish Food Trail – Dublin Experience to taste it all.
Gallaher & Co are open for breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch, pre-theatre, dinner, afternoon tea or just for a coffee, there is something for everybody and every occasion.
Gallaher’s is located a stones throw from Trinity College within the College Green area, it is a historic watering hole and eatery – an experience for both food lovers and those keen on the city’s architecture & history.
Gallaher’s Tobacco Company was originally founded in 1857 by Tom Gallaher in Derry, Ireland. By 1896, he had opened the largest tobacco factory in the world in Belfast. The business was incorporated on 28 March 1896 to “carry on in all their branches the businesses of tobacco, cigar, cigarettes and snuff manufacture”.
Formerly produced in London and Dublin, Gallagher’s moved its production to Belfast (cigarettes) and Wales (cigars) in the early 20th century.
The D’Olier Chambers building is on the corner of D’Olier St and Hawkins St. in the southern city centre of Dublin, the capital of Ireland. It and Westmoreland Street are two broad streets whose northern ends meet at the southern end of O’Connell Bridge over the River Liffey. Its southern end meets Fleet Street, Townsend Street, College Street and Pearse Street.
The street is named after Jeremiah D’Olier (1745–1817), a Huguenot goldsmith and a founder of the Bank of Ireland. D’Olier was the City Sheriff in 1788 and a member of the Wide Streets Commission. The street was one of the last major interventions in the Dublin city plan to be executed by the Wide Streets Commissioners.
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Paul & The Irish Food Team