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Jammet's of Dublin

Jammet's of Dublin

Alison Maxwell

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From 1901 to 1967, actors, writers, film stars, judges, barristers, doctors, chancers and characters trundled through the doors of Jammet's, in search of superb food and wine, or banter in the back bars.

From 1901 to 1967 this Dublin restaurant so famous in its day that letters simply addressed Jammet's, Europe' reached their destination within a week was the resort of actors, politicians, artists and literati, film stars, judges, journalists, doctors, chancers and characters, gourmets and oenophiles, who passed through its doors in search of superb food and wine, or banter in the bars.

Praised by Egon Ronay for its space, grace and charm', the formidable list of culinary delicacies' and the numerous, very great clarets', this legendary French dining establishment had no peer in Ireland, and gave occasion to many a tale:

Jack B. Yeats, sketching a bucking horse on a birthday menu;

Liam O'Flaherty, giving rein to his;

Patrick Kavanagh, in search of a mistress;

Maeve Binchy, celebrating her Leaving Cert.;

Garech Browne, watching

Nicholas Gormanston rescue

Sean O'Sullivan from immersion in a bowl of pea-green soup; Micheal MacLiammoir, being upstaged by one of the staff. Pages from the Visitors' Book with its autographs are redolent of a golden age: Maureen O'Hara, Bertie Smyllie, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Maurice Jarre, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, the Beverley Sisters.John Lennon drew a self- portrait and commented, The other three are saving up to come here! ' Added to the visual mix are original menu cards and recipes, a 200-strong wine list with suppliers and prices, and fabulous foods: a rich iconography affording rare insights into the social and cultural life of Dublin during the sixty-six years of Jammet's treasured existence. At the heart of this lively narrative is a truffle of memoir by Shay Harpur, who rose from cloakroom attendant to sommelier in five short years, and recounts a day-in-the-life of Jammet's with vivid particularity.

A closing essay by the late Patrick Campbell celebrates the warmth and idiosyncracy of its famed back bar.

Additional Information

Author Alison Maxwell
Publisher Lilliput Press
Publication date 9 Dec 2011
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781843512011

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