95 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4
I would gladly eat pizza every single day for the rest of my life so when a good pizza joint comes along, and they seem to be two a penny these days in Dublin, it warms the cockles of me heart. Set in a converted gaf, Basil boasts delicious woodfired pizzas that are cooked out in their back garden. You can add as many toppings as you like for either 50c or €1 and the place is also BYOB, so you can have a fairly thrifty but delicious dinner here. Their gelato selection, especially the After Eight flavour, is worth saving room for so leave one slice of pizza aside to take home, you glutton. If I hadn’t completely stuffed my face on my last visit, I would have dipped my toe into their coffee selection, roasted by McCabes in Wicklow but I did. So I’ll have to sort that out on my next visit.
What has it got?
Seating: The tables all have moveable chairs (some with arm rests, some without).
Doors: The doors are all wide enough for a wheelchair but there is a very slight raise at the front door. I managed it very easily with my manual chair.
Ground: Wooden floors.
Stairs: It’s all flat inside.
Bathrooms: They have a very large (so large I couldn’t measure it so I’m going to guess 120×180) wheelchair bathroom with handrails and bars. They also have a lowered sink.
Spaciousness: It might be a tight squeeze inside when it’s packed but you can request a table that suits your needs.
Helpfulness of Staff: Very lovely, incredibly sound. Phone ahead if you have any concerns with your table but they should be able to help you out no matter what.
Parking: There is plenty of onstreet parking available on Ringsend Road, Barrow Street and Lotts Road, with a number of wheelchair parking spots dotted in and around the area. There is street parking right outside but I found Lotts Road handier as there was less traffic to compete with.
Why did it lose points? Honestly, it didn’t I expected the bathroom to be a little bit tight but they made it completely wheelchair accessible and it is absolutely massive. You could have a disco in there like. It’s now up the very top of my list of great places to eat in Dublin. G’wan the Basil!