With many restau­rant spa­ces now as In­sta­gram-friendly as the food they serve, they’re a great place to look for in­te­ri­ors in­spi­ra­tion, writes CARO­LINE FO­RAN

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - WEEKEND MAGAZINE COMPETITION -

Restau­rants used to be judged on food and food alone. But these days, a good meal no longer cuts the mus­tard; we want to dine in an en­vi­ron­ment that’s equally as in­ter­est­ing. The am­bi­ence and the dé­cor are as much a part of the ex­pe­ri­ence as what­ever is tan­ta­lis­ing your taste­buds. In fact, we might go so far as to sug­gest that, be it a quiet drink with an old friend, a ro­man­tic date for two or shar­ing brunch with your row­di­est chums, we’re now choos­ing our venues based en­tirely on the dé­cor, such is our pro­cliv­ity for stylish sur­round­ings.

In the last few years, cafés, bars and restau­rants the length and breadth of the coun­try have made their dé­cor a top pri­or­ity. Old favourites have been rein­vig­o­rated — step into Wilde at the West­bury Ho­tel, for one — while new open­ings — An­gelina’s — raise the game. We leave such es­tab­lish­ments not only with full and happy bel­lies but armed with am­ple in­te­ri­ors in­spi­ra­tion, too. Be­hold, five restau­rants in Ire­land whose dé­cor de­serves to be cov­eted. IRISH IN­DE­PEN­DENT 14 Oc­to­ber 2017

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