Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
Herbwtreet is renowned for its weekend brunch. Opening at 10a.m., the queues will be out the door by 10.15a.m. They’ve three different types of pancakes on their breakfast and brunch menu (maple syrup, blueberries and orange honey butter, chocolate chips and clotted cream), it’s a prime location for a pre-theatre feed as the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is a quick stroll away and in the summer, their outdoor seating area – with doggie water bowls – is a total sun trap.
What has it got?
Seating: All of the tables are medium-height and they have moveable chairs (no arms rests).
Doors: The front door is very wide – it would fit a wheelchair rugby team – and there’s generally a member of staff at front-of-house to grab the door if it’s too heavy.
Ground: They have that non-slip surface across the seating area and bathrooms.
Stairs: It’s all flat.
Bathrooms: Their bathrooms look like something out of a spaceship and their wheelchair bathroom (approximately 70×90) has handrails and bars. It also has a mirror, a sanitary bin and a hand dryer – necessary features that plenty of places forget to include. The two other unisex toilets are tighter in space and they don’t have handrails in them but they could fit a wheelchair.
Spaciousness: The tables are spaced out quite evenly so it never feels packed in there, even when it is very busy.
Helpfulness of Staff: The staff are very sound and approachable here so if you have any questions, they should be able to assist.
Parking: There is plenty of street parking around Grand Canal Dock with a number of disabled parking spots. The theatre also has a car park with a number of disabled spots that you can pre-book if it’s a busy theatre night.
Why did it lose points? It didn’t! Herbstreet is very easy to navigate when you are in a wheelchair. Its layout is very clear so you don’t feel crowded and the helpfulness of the staff is an extra bonus. It’s one of my reliable destinations to meet people for lunch or for coffee.