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May 31, 2007 03:34 PM

Kosher in London & Dublin

We are looking to go to London and Dublin this summer. Any advice or feedback on kosher restaurants in either city? Also, does anyone know if any restaurants or B&Bs offer shabbat meals? Thanks!

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  1. i have a friend who travels to dublin twice a month for business. according to him there is absolutely nothing kosher there. he stocks up on thpse frozen dinners and the la briute meals.

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    1. re: kiddush hopper

      If you're going to London first, don't get frozen meals from here, get them in London from Hermolis. They're available in the kosher shops in Golders Green and Stamford Hill. Hermolis make absolutely *the* best kosher airline meals in the world (and for all I know they may be the best airline meals of any kind).

      In London, if you're visiting Stamford Hill try the fish and chips at the pizza shop there.

      1. re: zsero

        Kiddush Hopper is right. Nothing in Ireland, Bring it all. We had Guiness the whole time, it kind of fills you up like a meal.

        1. re: JS69

          Golders Green Road has some excellent kosher restaurants - Sollys (upstairs is best). There are also kosher bakeries and delis. Of course Blooms is there too - food debatable and expensive.

        2. re: zsero

          Must have missed this thread when it first was posted. Though it's obviously no longer pertinent to the original poster, it may be helpful to others. When we visited London many years ago, we wanted to stay in Central London, rather than in Golder's Green. At the time, there were no kosher restaurants in this area. We stayed at the Selfridge Hotel, and arranged in advance with Hermolis Caterers to get many of our meals delivered to the hotel. These were fresh, rather than frozen, and were wrapped and sealed. The hotel heated them for us. They delivered sandwiches as well which we took with us on day trips. Their meals were absolutely delicious. We went to restaurants in Golder's Green a couple of times as well.

          We got the contact information from The Jewish Travel Guide, which, at the time was published annually by the London Jewish Chronicle, and was available in Jewish bookstores in the US. I don't know if that is still being put out. There was lots of info. on Kosher food available worldwide, as well as synagogues, though some of the info. was out of date, so had to be confirmed.
          I don't know if Hermolis will still provide this service, but if not, I would definitely check out their frozen meals recommend above, by "zsero".

          1. re: Bzdhkap

            Just out of curiosity, I followed up by checking, a website which probably didn't exist at the time that we dealt with Hermolis . It seems to be a very professional site, with lots of info., menus, and people to contact. Apparently you can arrange to get frozen meals from them, sent to hotels and cruise lines worldwide.
            FYI: They are under the supervision of Kedassia, which is considered a very reliable hechsher.

        3. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. Any idea about shabbat meals or hotels in the Golders Green area?

          1. re: flo220

            I've heard good things about the Croft Court Hotel, but haven't actually stayed there myself. There are several other kosher hotels in the area, or you could stay at a non-kosher hotel and get food from one of the many kosher shops in the area. See the list at this page:

            1. re: zsero

              I found this official statement from the Chief rabbi of Ireland's office

              Kosher food is available in a kosher section at SuperValu, Braemor Road, Churchtown, Dublin 14. Open till 10:30pm seven days a week. Bus route 14/16a. Fresh bread, challah, cheese, frozen/fresh meat, vegetarian (Tivall) products, frozen meals (can be reheated in non kosher ovens), wine and other basics are available. Some health-food shops sell vegetarian products (Tivall/Tofutti) with a hechsher. In Ireland most products do not carry a hechsher or kosher symbol. Some products carry the sign of the London Beth Din (LBD), Manchester Beth Din, or an OU. A list is available of kosher products.

              The Bretzel Bakery on 1a Lennox St, Portobello, Dublin 8 (tel. 01-475 2724). In Bretzel Bakery, only bread is kosher. Connolly's wholesale bakery produces Chalot and Bread under the supervision of the Chief Rabbi. These products are Kosher only when bearing the Kosher label. They are available in Supervalu, Churchtown.

              All Irish Pride breads and buns are kosher parve , except for Boston Brown and the Fruit Bracks which are kosher dairy. The only exceptions are: Soda bread and Iced Logs, which are not kosher. McCambridge Stoneground Wholewheat Brown Bread is kosher dairy (Chief Rabbi of Ireland) Broadway Bagels (Frozen) are kosher parve (Chief Rabbi of Ireland). Kingsmill and Sunblest bread are certified kosher. All the above can be purchased across the country.

              1. re: EvanM

                Thanks so much for this; I am also going to Ireland this summer and was looking for info about kosher.

        4. When will you be in London? You are welcome for Shabbat meals as long as I am in town. I live in Golders Green. If you are talking after Tisha B'Av I am not reliably in London but before that I am.