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The Winding Stair: a literary bistro with a splash of poetry


The transformation of this old Irish bookshop, located near the Liffey, into a literary bistro has something to delight both the gourmet and the poet lying dormant within you.

Inscribed in gold lettering on a dark green facade with windows overflowing with books: ‘The Winding Stair'. Connoisseurs will recognise the reference: a famous poem by William Yeats.

Climb the spiral staircase that leads to the dining room: Colin the waiter welcomes you into the organised disorder of small chairs and tables. Shelves crowded with multi-coloured books adorn the white-brick walls. Have a look. Who knows what youll find! The chalkboards reveal a rustic kitchen that showcases regional products. Their very names are the names of Irish dishes. Like Ballinwillin's black pudding terrine. Or a platter of Irish charcuterie that marries Fingal Fergusons cold-cuts with homemade bread. So, words or food?

The Winding Stair
40 Lower Ormond Quay
Dublin 1

+353 (0)1 872 7320

Menu: around 20 EUR

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