Review: Butler’s Chocolate Cafe, Dublin

Last weekend whilst Maison Cupcake was whizzing through the air between Blogger and WordPress I was whizzing through the air myself from Birmingham to Dublin.

Ted was safely despatched on Grandma’s boat for the weekend whilst Nick and I had two nights away as a joint celebration for our wedding anniversary and his 40th birthday.

We spent a peaceful if somewhat wet weekend taking refuge in various shops and cafes along the way.

Most of our meals were eaten on Exchequer Street and I had spied the Butler’s Chocolate Cafe with interest. We managed to shelter from the drizzle and squeeze in a visit for hot chocolate and a macaroon before leaving for the airport on Monday morning.

Butler’s Chocolate Cafe is a chain of a dozen or so branches mostly dotted around Dublin and others in Cork and Galway. There are also a handful further afield – New Zealand, New Jersey and the UK one is at Westfield White City. I shall definitely be popping by on my next shopping trip there.

I cannot think of an equivalent chain in the UK, this lovely cafe has a very continental feel and would not look out of place in Belgium. They sell hot drinks, their own brand of chocolates and a selection of cakes and cookies. There are lots of beautifully wrapped gift sets to take away too.

Butlers Chocolate Cafe

Seated opposite a mesmerising flat screen tv showing a loop of what can only be described as chocolate porn, we each ordered the hot chocolate – one white and one normal and shared a coconut macaroon. Since I have made so many macarons, I thought I ought to try the coconut macaroon version.  I think I’ll stick to the French style in future but it made a nice change.

Alas our trip to Dublin was too brief to go to Butler’s more than once but I will shortly do some other posts about other places discovered on our visit.

In the meantime, it’s time for that giveaway….

Giveaway – Interflora Tower of Treats hamper

To celebrate the relaunch of Maison Cupcake on WordPress I am offering you a chance to indulge yourself too with this fantastic giveaway from the hampers selection at Interflora.  The Tower of Treats hamper has an RRP of £60.

You may not have realised that these folks don’t just deliver flowers but that they have a range of foodie treats for all occasions too.

Take a look at this list of what you could receive in this giveaway:

  • Presented in a Tower of Black Wheatbraid Baskets with Ribbon Tie
  • Rietvallei Estate “John B” White Wine 2005 75cl
  • Edinburgh Preserves Sun dried Tomato Chutney 90g
  • Cocoa bean Chocolate Marshmallows 150g
  • Farmhouse Honey Crunch Biscuits 150g
  • Gift Ballotin of Belgian Chocolates 6’s
  • Gift Ballotin of Belgian Chocolates 6’s
  • Fudges Cheddar Cheese Straws 100g
  • Cairnsmhor Orange Spicy Biscuits 200g
  • Mr McKenzie’s Oval Basil Biscuits 150g
  • Cocoa bean Choc Bar with Chili Flakes 100g
  • Treegate Freedom Teas 15’s
  • Dormen Salted Pretzel 25g
  • Mrs Bridges Four Berry Preserve 113g
  • Cairnsmhor Tomato Chili Cocktail Oatcakes 150g
  • Kshocolat Cocoa Dusted Coffee Beans 40g
  • The Fudge Tree Clotted Cream Fudge 125g
  • Cocoa bean Cube with Chocolate Peanuts/ Raisins 100g
  • Edinburgh Preserves Wholegrain Mustard 100g
  • The MacAllan Whisky Marmalade 113g
  • Kshocolat Toffee Balls 40g
  • Highland Croft Mini Bites Apricot & Mango Crumblies 125g

Rules

This giveaway is open to all readers with a UK mailing address. International readers are also welcome to comment on the post however a new name will be selected until a UK reader has been drawn.  The winner will be chosen using an online randomiser and announced in a subsequent post on this blog.

There is one mandatory way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries. You must leave a further separate comment for each bonus entryotherwise they will not be counted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing date: midnight BST on Monday September 20th.

 

1. MANDATORY: Leave a comment on the bottom of this post.
Note for entrants commenting without website addresses: You will also need to leave your name/town in the comment and then email me separately at sarah AT maisoncupcake DOT com to tell me your own email address and confirming your name/town so I know which commenter you were. Unless I can match up your comments with valid contact details, I won’t know who you are.

2. SECOND CHANCE TO WIN:
Using Twitter, Tweet a link to this giveaway as follows “Interflora hamper RRP £60 to be won @maisoncupcake blog” with a link to this post as it may no longer be on the home page by the time you tweet. Then leave a separate comment saying you’ve done so.
3. THIRD CHANCE TO WIN:
Follow this blog with Google Friend Connect in the side bar of this blog. Then leave a separate comment saying you’ve either just done so or already were.
4. FOURTH CHANCE TO WIN:
“Like” this blog on the Maison Cupcake Facebook page and then leave a separate comment saying you’ve either just done so or already were.
5. FIFTH CHANCE TO WIN:
Share a link to this post on Facebook then… you know by now… leave a separately comment saying you’ve done so.
Good luck everyone!
Prize sponsored by Interflora.

Sarah Trivuncic

Sarah Trivuncic is one of the UK's leading food bloggers. She is the author of Bake Me I'm Yours... Sweet Bitesize Bakes and has been the voice behind Maison Cupcake since 2009. You can also connect with her on Google+

511 comments

  1. Happy Birthday to Nick and Happy Anniversary to the both of you! :D Those chocolate truffles looks soo good..and you know chocolate is my fave food ever! Now i need to go eat some chocolate to satisfy my cravings..

  2. and I’m already a facebook ‘liker’

    Thanks, fingers crossed, good luck everyone I have followed the blog I have tweeted the link and the message @emmacella

  3. Ooh I think I may have been to that very Butler’s in Dublin before. I don’t think I was hugely taken with it but it was nice enough and I’m sure I recognise it. Suspect it may have been raining when we visited too actually and so it was very busy inside, full of slightly damp flustered shoppers which I think made it feel a bit cramped. Lovely post though and what an amazing give away to celebrate your new digs! Love the new theme and layout!

  4. Wow, great blog…the photos are brilliant…gonna like your facebook and twitter :)

    prityness @ googlemail. com

  5. Wow, Butler’s Chocolate Cafe definitely looks like my kind of cafe! Congratulations on your anniversary and well done on the blog move.

  6. I am Carol from Leeds
    This hamper looks great and so does your site with all the lovely chocolates. I have also liked in facebook and commented with my google connect

  7. And I’ve just shared you to my profile on FB ( profile again, Yasmin Selena). My tastebuds are always singing in anticipation. Good luck with your comp. I will mail you now in lieu of a website. x x

  8. Dammit apologies for the lack of name and town in the above, sorry
    Yasmin Selena, Hayes, Middlesex. xx

  9. When’s the next flight to Dublin?! I’ve got serious chocolate cravings now! The hamper looks absolutely wonderful too, thanks for the giveaway :)

  10. Commented,tweeted as @Bobbity666,shared and liked on facebook and crossing my fingers to win this great prize.

  11. Glad you enjoyed Dublin. I’ve always walked past the branch of Butlers in Westfield, as it’s next to the lift lobby I use for the car park and I’m usually stamping my way down to the food court. Maybe I will pop in next time I am there as well.

  12. Great giveaway, Sarah.
    p.s. Am still using the bright red alarm clock that came with the Flahavan’s oats – it matches my KitchenAid perfectly! :P

  13. I LOVE this prize. In fact it’s the nices prize I’ve evr seen. I would keep the actual hamper for ever and ever.

  14. I have Liked this blog on the Maison Cupcake Facebook page – Hannah Evans on the Uni of Liverpool network.

  15. Hmmm my aunty buys me Butlers choccies at Christmas, they are heavenly, would love to visit the café. Please add me to the giveawy.

  16. strewth a chocolate heaven looks amazing great blog and fingers crossed to win the equally amazing hamper .

  17. oh wow, would make a lovely addition to my Christmas day

    name Elaine
    town Ayr
    twitter @pooohbear2811

  18. I was talking to a blogger the other day about interflora, they had sent her a huge bunch of flowers! We were saying how rare it is that we get treats like that these days. As a single parent I’ve only ONCE ever had a knock at the door with flowers there waitng for me! Maybe this will make up for that ;)

  19. Hi Sarah, not sure yet wether you do cupcakes for those with Diabetes. If you don’t would you perhaps included a range alongside all your others in the future as I have a dear friend who likes cakes but has to refrain so often from indulging. Keep up the good work.
    Regards Jeanette Norman.
    jeanettenorman@hotmail.co.uk

    • Jeanette – have you seen my low sugar carrot cake muffin/cupcake recipe earlier this year, that is suitable for people with diabetes.

  20. Congratulations on your new blog facelift and a successful move to WordPress! I really like the new look! And of course, congratulations on your wedding anniversary. Looks like you had a nice and sweet time in Dublin. :)

  21. Fab prize, I love Interflora flowers as they last way past a week, I had some flowers for my birthday at start of Feb and they were still smelling gorg at the end of March

  22. Am seriously considering making a journey to Westfield White City from Birmingham for the sole purpose of visiting Butler’s Chocolate Cafe. As both myself and my partner are chocoholics this place looks like heaven personified.
    Even if I didn’t win the prize draw it was worth entering just to find out about this place.!

  23. In olden times being sent to The Tower was a punishment. How times have changed — now,having The Tower sent to you (or more specifically ME) would be an absolute treat !!

  24. Butler’s Chocolate Cafe looks and sounds like a sugar’n’spice place to fully indulge in a sweet-tooth-lovers paradise…thanks for sharing your visit.
    Bee, Hertfordshire

  25. As I love not to far from westfields, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting one of your choccy chip cookies, whilst ordering a peppa pig birthday cake.
    Absolutely scrummy on both of the above.xx

    mary in
    pinner.
    xx

  26. I so need to visit. Been wondering where to go for a change – now I know!

    Done entry 1 – just about to do 2. 3 and 4
    bev_metallica on twitter and Beverley Derbyshire on FB.

  27. If I can stop drooling long enough at that chocolate to type, please enter me into this contest.

    I’m Liz Burton from Bedford x

  28. What a great prize! I am following your blog, liked your Facebook page and, following on Twitter @CoxeeFoxy and re-tweeted the comp link! Et voila! :)

    Vanessa from Aylesbury :)

  29. All those lovely cakes and the hot chocolate pic is to die for mmmmmmmmm – it’s a shame I live so far away ;) the hamper looks fabulous xxx

  30. I can’t stop thinking about chocolate now after looking at this page, so I am holding you personally responsible for me rading the pack of chocolate hob nobs hehe x

  31. id love to win this its lovely and id give it to my partner for his birthday. tweeted @gettogirl09 and following on facebook.

  32. I don’t twitter, and can’t work out Facebook, but I can appreciate the enormous mound of deliciousness that is the prize.
    My daughter is in Dublin this weekend so I’m going to phone her and tell her about this amazing cafe.

  33. Oops! Forgot to leave my town name: LLANELLI – obviously getting a little absent minded just thinking about the prize!! Yummy!

  34. Love hot chocolate, I’ve been to the one in Galway but it’s not as big ?

    Will email you now, I’m in Cheshire

  35. Think I have shared on facebook as well (still getting the hang of it) so that’s all 5. Thanks for running the giveaway – off to make some hot chocolate now! lol

  36. Hi, I’ve tweeted your blog and competition on Twitter @SuziHares, shared on my wall and invited on Facebook @SuziHares. The hamper is fab!, good luck everyone.

  37. Have also ‘Liked’ your facebook page. Off to Sainsbury’s tomorrow with a shopping list for the sweet potato salad.

  38. Wow, what a great prize! This would make so many people so jealous (but maybe I’d share…)

    M from Runcorn

  39. WHOSOEVERETH WINN-ETH THESE TWO WONDERFULL-ETH DELIGHTS AS PRIZES, WILL BELIEVETH THAT THEY HAVE BOTH DIED-ETH, AND GONE-ETH STRAIGHT-ETH TO HEAVENETH !!
    I KNOW THAT I FOR ONE-ETH, WILL SURELY BE INCLUDED IN THAT GLORIOUS DELERIUM, WHENEVERETH IT SHOULD BE AFFORDETH MY LOT-ETH.
    MINE EYES (NOT TO MENTION MY TUMMY)WILL THEN HAVE SEENETH THE ALL PRESIDING, COMMING GLORY OF THE LORD,WHERE HE IS TRAMPING OUT THE VINTAGE, WHERE THE GRAPES OF WRATHETH ARE STORED ETC., ETC.,
    (HONESTLY…THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO TO TRY AND WIN A SPECIAL PRIZE ON A SUNDAY… WHEN THE POPE’S IN THE COUNTRY…WORTH EVERY EFFORT…SO WE CAN BUT KEEP ON TRYING, AND TRYING, AND TRYING THRICE AGAIN…SOMEWHAT VERY TRYING…ON ONE’S BLOODY NERVES,BUT NEVER MIND, IT’S ALL FOR A VERY, VERY WORTHY CHARITABLE CAUSE, I.E., ME. I MIGHT EVEN SHARE SOME OF MY PRIZE…ON THE OTHER HAND…I MIGHT THINK…SOD IT…I DON’T SEE ANY OF YOU LOT RUNNING TO OFFER ME PART OF YOUR WIN ! SO GOOD LUCK! AND THINK ABOUT SHARRING IF YOU WIN ! ESPECIALLY WITH ME ! )

  40. Oh how scrummie is the Interflora Tower of Treats Giveaway,
    I wish,I wish,I wish I could win one today,
    So many delicious goodies I hope will come my way ,
    But I love donating food to charity come what may,
    If I passed it on to the local homeless & hungry would that be ok?
    Thank you again, to many of the needy you would be a piece of sunray,

    from jeanette baker littlehampton w sussex(emailing you too)

  41. What an absolutely divine prize please include my details in the draw. My birthday is coming up and I would feel so special to receive a treat like this.

  42. Just found your blog via a RT on Twitter! I am now following you on there and have tweeted about you (@01momonawire), have ‘like’d you on Facebook, shared this link on there and am now following your lovely blog!

  43. What an amazing prize…I would love to win it like everyone else who has entered. Well done and congratulations to the winner and enjoy. I did win 3 bottles of cleaning liquid once so I suppose I can’t be greedy and win another prize, especially one as good as this !!!! Can I ???

  44. This hamper is absolutely fantastic, a food lover’s heaven. It is a wonderful selection of treats that anyone would be proud to receive. Bravo Maison Cupcake and Interflora! (I’m Ian Campbell, from St. Andrews)

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