Jammet's of Dublin
From 1901 to 1967 this Dublin restaurant OCo so famous in its day that letters simply addressed OCyJammetOCOs, EuropeOCO reached their destination within a week OCo 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 OCyspace, grace and charmOCO, the OCyformidable list of culinary delicaciesOCO and the OCynumerous, very great claretsOCO, 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 OOCOFlaherty, giving rein to his; Patrick Kavanagh, in search of a mistress; Maeve Binchy, celebrating her Leaving Cert.; Garech Browne, watching Nicholas Gormanston rescue Sein OOCOSullivan from immersion in a bowl of pea-green soup; Micheil MacLiammir, being upstaged by one of the staff.
Pages from the VisitorsOCO Book with its autographs are redolent of a golden age: Maureen OOCOHara, Bertie Smyllie, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Maurice Jarre, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor, the Beverley Sisters. John Lennon drew a self- portrait and commented, OCyThe other three are saving up to come here!OCO 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 JammetOCOs 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 JammetOCOs with vivid particularity. A closing essay by the late Patrick Campbell celebrates the warmth and idiosyncracy of its famed back bar. "