Hello, Sorcha from The White & Gold Bridal Gallery here! I am so excited to be welcoming you to Kinsale! We opened the doors to our contemporary bridal loft 7 weeks ago and are so thrilled to be bringing our exclusive collection of exciting international designers to Ireland! We have passionately curated a very considered edit of dresses from Karen Willis Holmes, Bo & Luca, Tatyana Merenyuk, Agata Wojtkiewicz and Maria Fekih.
Although only recently opened, we have been delighted by the amount of brides who have travelled the length and breath of the country to view our collections. With that in mind, we thought it would be helpful to start sharing our favourite places to hang out in Kinsale, a town we feel so lucky to be a part of. Renowned as the gastro capital of Ireland, Kinsale does not disappoint in the foodie department. Read on for the insider low down…
O H K
If local, seasonal and homemade gets your tastebuds all rallied up then you are going to love OHK. Located just behind The White & Gold, it is the perfect spot for a post bridal appointment debriefing. OHK has been passed down through generations of the family, from one girl boss to another. Sisters Carol & Sarah run the show now and the love for what they do is obvious in their cooking and natural, warm hospitality.
Beautiful, sustainable food, with just the right amount of hipster flair! This is where the beards, the boho babes and those in the know hang out in Kinsale. Weekend brunch is where it is at in OHK, if you are travelling down for the weekend do not be disappointed… book that table!
J o s C A F E
This is where you come if you need help filling out your wedding dress! Jo’s oven fires up early every morning and the warm smell of freshly baked buns and cakes sweetens the air around her buzzy cafe. This establishment is very much a local favourite and after a taste of her baking you will see why. Jo’s opens for breakfast and has a great lunch menu. There are usually some lovely vegetarian and vegan options available on the lunch menu, as well as lots of gluten free options.
S A I N T F R A N C I S
Great decor, great staff and really great local produce. The kind of cooking I love – wonderful ingredients cooked simply… and well! The owners recently moved home from the food mecca that is San Francisco and the inspiration from their time there is evident in their tasty menu and stylish decor. Home baking adorns every free counter space, try the bonkers bars – to die for. Grab yourself a sunny spot outside and people watch as the rest of Kinsale goes about their day.
T H E B L A C K P I G
Before you even begin reading this book your table here! In fact, book your bridal appointment after securing a table here! The Black Pig is a beautiful wine bar tucked away on the back streets of Kinsale. The wine list alone has won them numerous accolades. The team are so friendly and knowledgeable, they really know their menu and their food provenance. Allow them to recommend the perfect ruby red to accompany your cheese board, or a zingy white to pair with the crab ravioli… which should not be missed! The little garden out the back is like a mini urban jungle, beautiful for dining with your besties on a summer’s eve.
T H E G R E Y H O U N D
The Greyhound is a gem of an old man’s pub nestled in the heart of Kinsale. Fires crackle away inside most of the year and there are no shortage of little snugs to cozy away in. The Guinness is delicious and the gin and tonic menu is definitely worth a mention. The perfect place to have a night cap after your day of fun in Kinsale. This image is by The Canvas Works, a wonderful place to pick up a souvenir you actually want to look at it your house!
k i n s a l e l e a t h e r
Even if I didn’t mention this little gem of a shop, you would definitely notice it on your tour around town. Pop in here if you love delicious, buttery soft leather bags – investment pieces that will last a lifetime. Popular styles are updated with new limited edition colours every season. The oversized tote is my definite favourite, it comes on all my buying trips to NYC & London and fits everything a girl could need.
G r e e n h o u s e & o t h e r s t o r i e s
I am going to be very honest and admit I am probably one of their most frequent customers! I have a serious gra for house plants and I just can’t resist the continuously evolving collection of succulents, ferns and figgies living inside this botanical haven. Greenhouse & Other Stories also stock some beautiful Irish candles, adorable baby clothes and tonnes of cute plant pots and hanging baskets. You will get to meet all my leafy pets during your bridal appointment! For anyone close to me reading this… this is where I like my presents from 🙂
G R A N N Y’S B O T T O M D R A W E R
A little treasure trove full of treats for where you call home. It is hygge to the max, everything is soft and cozy and difficult to put down! Clodagh has a great eye for quality and detail, from candles to sofas… you just never know what thing of beauty you will find in there!