Saturday 3 December 2016

Ireland's newest Michelin star restaurant is booked up for 10 months

Published 14/10/2016 | 13:28

Andrew Heron and Damien Grey at the Michelin Star restaurant Heron and Grey in the Blackrock Market Photo: Tony Gavin 6/10/2016
Andrew Heron and Damien Grey at the Michelin Star restaurant Heron and Grey in the Blackrock Market Photo: Tony Gavin 6/10/2016
Preparing for the evening's diners Photo: Frank Mc Grath

If you're hoping to get a table at Ireland's newest Michelin star restaurant, you're out of luck as it's booked up until August 2017.

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Dublin restaurant Heron & Grey in Blackrock received its first Michelin star at the start of this month and is now fully booked until the end of next year.

"Fortunately, we are now fully booked out until August 2017," wrote head chef Damien Grey on Twitter.

"Our books will reopen spring 2017. We are shocked and delighted by the response."

Preparing for the evening's diners Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Preparing for the evening's diners Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Andrew Heron, who manages front of house, told Independent.ie that the response since being awarded a Michelin star has been incredible, but they have always received great support from locals.

"To be fair, we've always had a phenomenal response by the locals. We were booked right up until Christmas. The only problem we had before was filling Thursdays, but luckily that's not the case any more."

Heron said that they tried to enforce a fair booking system when a huge volume of phone calls was coming in.

"Basically, we were getting too many phone calls at once, so instead we started taking bookings by email based on the date and time they were sent."

"The first email got the next available booking and so on. Two thousand emails later, we're booked up until August 2017."

"After that we said we'd call it a day just for now. There's no point in taking bookings so far in to the future. Myself and Damien might even get a holiday next August if we're lucky."

"Unfortunately we're not able to make everyone happy, but we'd love to. We'll do our best."

The restaurant hasn't yet celebrated its first anniversary, as Heron and Grey's doors only opened in December.

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