A rugby fan spills her Lansdowne Road pre-match secret

Breakfast here will set you up for the big match

With last month’s official opening of the new Aviva stadium on Lansdowne Road in Dublin and the impending return of rugby to its hallowed grounds, I thought it was time to spill my favourite pre-rugby match secret: breakfast at Ariel House.

Officially the closest hotel to the stadium, Ariel House is a cosy little boutique hotel known to a select group of avid rugby-insiders as the place for a pre-match breakfast.


The hotel’s breakfast chef, Rose, an award-winning porridge maker and something of a Lansdowne Road institution, whips up various goodies – from my favourite honey and walnut porridge to freshly-baked brown bread, homemade jam and, of course, a full Irish breakfast, all served in the hotel’s antique-furnished dining room overlooking the stadium. Or, if you ask, she’ll make you a breakfast to go, or “breakfast in a bag”, as she calls it (very popular with late risers making a dash to the stadium).

My Irish, rugby-mad grandfather was such a fan of Ariel House and of Rose’s porridge that, when he passed away, he left the hotel’s owners a treasured, delicately-carved 18th-century sideboard (previously owned by his father, and grandfather before that), upon which you will now find an assortment of Rose’s delicious, freshly-baked creations.


Breakfast from around €10. Rooms from €69, including breakfast.

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